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Old 02-19-2012, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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88 fourtrax shifter problem

I purchased an 88 fourtrax and it drove and shifted out ok. While my son was shiftng a week or so later the shifter pedal "slipped" and is now loose or stripped and will not grab the shifting gear. I cannot tell how it is attached to the pedal to remove or onspect...maybe a pin.

I have asked locally and noone wants to work on it..... anyone have ideas.
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I purchased an 88 fourtrax and it drove and shifted out ok. While my son was shiftng a week or so later the shifter pedal "slipped" and is now loose or stripped and will not grab the shifting gear. I cannot tell how it is attached to the pedal to remove or onspect...maybe a pin.

I have asked locally and noone wants to work on it..... anyone have ideas.
welcome to the forums...most shops won't work on a atv thats 10 years or older !..this is a do it yourself job for sure !..more than likely...your shifting shaft's splines are too far stripped out...and will need to be replaced. buy a new one...remove the left side cover..pull the old one right out...install new one...while your at it..replace the shifting shaft's oil seal where the shaft comes through the case. try not to tear up the side cover's gasket !!..if you do tear it..you will need a new one..or you may be able to put some hondabond on it..and it may not leak oil ?. if it does leak..you will need a new gasket. make sure all your bolts are out..and remove the starter's transfer gear..and pull the starter out far enough to get the case off.
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I purchased an 88 fourtrax and it drove and shifted out ok. While my son was shiftng a week or so later the shifter pedal "slipped" and is now loose or stripped and will not grab the shifting gear. I cannot tell how it is attached to the pedal to remove or onspect...maybe a pin.

I have asked locally and noone wants to work on it..... anyone have ideas.
welcome to the forums...most shops won't work on a atv thats 10 years or older !..this is a do it yourself job for sure !..more than likely...your shifting shaft's splines are too far stripped out...and will need to be replaced. buy a new one...remove the left side cover..pull the old one right out...install new one...while your at it..replace the shifting shaft's oil seal where the shaft comes through the case. try not to tear up the side cover's gasket !!..if you do tear it..you will need a new one..or you may be able to put some hondabond on it..and it may not leak oil ?. if it does leak..you will need a new gasket. make sure all your bolts are out..and remove the starter's transfer gear..and pull the starter out far enough to get the case off.
I'm gunna give it a shot. Can you recommend a place for parts?

Maybe there a "how to" video out there. I do much better watching then doing over reading something.

Thanks for your help.
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I purchased an 88 fourtrax and it drove and shifted out ok. While my son was shiftng a week or so later the shifter pedal "slipped" and is now loose or stripped and will not grab the shifting gear. I cannot tell how it is attached to the pedal to remove or onspect...maybe a pin.

I have asked locally and noone wants to work on it..... anyone have ideas.
welcome to the forums...most shops won't work on a atv thats 10 years or older !..this is a do it yourself job for sure !..more than likely...your shifting shaft's splines are too far stripped out...and will need to be replaced. buy a new one...remove the left side cover..pull the old one right out...install new one...while your at it..replace the shifting shaft's oil seal where the shaft comes through the case. try not to tear up the side cover's gasket !!..if you do tear it..you will need a new one..or you may be able to put some hondabond on it..and it may not leak oil ?. if it does leak..you will need a new gasket. make sure all your bolts are out..and remove the starter's transfer gear..and pull the starter out far enough to get the case off.
I'm gunna give it a shot. Can you recommend a place for parts?

Maybe there a "how to" video out there. I do much better watching then doing over reading something.

Thanks for your help.
this is a play it forward job bro..nothing to it..remove what i said..pull the old shifting shaft straight out the left side...when you pull the side case..pay attention to where the shifting shaft thrust washer is !!..do not lose it..and make sure it goes back on the same way and same spot !. it takes more time to remove the side cover...than it does to replace the shifting shaft !..lol.
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oh..and bikebandit.com or motosport.com will have your shifting shaft..if it were me though...try getting it from your local honda dealer..yu'll get it quicker..and won't have to pay shipping.
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welcome to the forums...most shops won't work on a atv thats 10 years or older !..this is a do it yourself job for sure !..more than likely...your shifting shaft's splines are too far stripped out...and will need to be replaced. buy a new one...remove the left side cover..pull the old one right out...install new one...while your at it..replace the shifting shaft's oil seal where the shaft comes through the case. try not to tear up the side cover's gasket !!..if you do tear it..you will need a new one..or you may be able to put some hondabond on it..and it may not leak oil ?. if it does leak..you will need a new gasket. make sure all your bolts are out..and remove the starter's transfer gear..and pull the starter out far enough to get the case off.
I'm gunna give it a shot. Can you recommend a place for parts?

Maybe there a "how to" video out there. I do much better watching then doing over reading something.

Thanks for your help.
this is a play it forward job bro..nothing to it..remove what i said..pull the old shifting shaft straight out the left side...when you pull the side case..pay attention to where the shifting shaft thrust washer is !!..do not lose it..and make sure it goes back on the same way and same spot !. it takes more time to remove the side cover...than it does to replace the shifting shaft !..lol.
Is it possible that the actual shifter is stripped? I removed the screw bolt at the rear of the shifter but it still will not slide off. Tomorrow I think I need to pry the two pieces apart to take the shifter off the shaft. How can I tell if the shifter or the shaft is the problem?
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Is it possible that the actual shifter is stripped? I removed the screw bolt at the rear of the shifter but it still will not slide off. Tomorrow I think I need to pry the two pieces apart to take the shifter off the shaft. How can I tell if the shifter or the shaft is the problem?
Yeah, just pry the foot shifter off the shifter shaft and inspect the splines. If the splines on the shaft aren't in too bad of condition, you may be able to get by with just buying a new foot shifter. Make sure the bolt is all the way out of the foot shifter or it won't slide off. I usually take an old flat screwdriver and drive it between the gap in the foot shifter and it will spread it open enough for the shifter to slide off the shaft. You shouldn't have to drive it in too far, just a little will be enough to slide the foot shifter off the shaft. If it slipped enough to cut off all the splines on the shaft, then you will have to replace the shaft, too, like Shadetree said.
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