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I have a 300 fwd I was riding it one day and we were planning on going on a long ride that afternoon. Everything worked fine up until AB an hour before we were leaving I put it in reverse and then went to first it shifted fine then all of a sudden I went to third then tried to gear back down nothing happen so I drove it all the way back to the house and still haven't been able to gear down. It is stuck in fifth and the gear selector has a lot of slop. It is almost as of the shaft in the gear box is stripped. Has anyone experienced this or do you know where I could start to look. I have a man that wants to buy it but I will not sell it until it is fixed.
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I have a 300 fwd I was riding it one day and we were planning on going on a long ride that afternoon. Everything worked fine up until AB an hour before we were leaving I put it in reverse and then went to first it shifted fine then all of a sudden I went to third then tried to gear back down nothing happen so I drove it all the way back to the house and still haven't been able to gear down. It is stuck in fifth and the gear selector has a lot of slop. It is almost as of the shaft in the gear box is stripped. Has anyone experienced this or do you know where I could start to look. I have a man that wants to buy it but I will not sell it until it is fixed.
your gonna have to remove the left hand side cover..and get to the gear shifting drum....from the sound of it..your return spring is bad..what ever the problem is...it's gonna be right there in that area..sooooooo..it's tear down time !..lol. also look and see if the shifting drum's center bolt backed out..i've heard of this happening a few times..one more thing..where your return spring is ..there is a round peg that sticks out in between the return spring..sometimes this breaks off.

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Welcome to the forums. First, check to make sure the foot shifter is bolted tightly to the shaft. If it is, I would start by pulling the left crankcase cover and checking the shift linkage. Sounds like something wrong with the shift linkage.

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Yeah I thought I would have to tear into it. Wasn't exactly sure where to go. Currently I am putting heavy duty springs and a came in my brother in laws foreman as soon as that is done I am gonna take the cover off and check some of it out. I was able to shift it all the way to fifth by hand. I had to pull it all the way up before it would shift though. Don't have enough clearance on the down stroke to see if it will down shift at all. Thanks for the advice I will let you know what I find.
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Welcome to the forums. First, check to make sure the foot shifter is bolted tightly to the shaft. If it is, I would start by pulling the left crankcase cover and checking the shift linkage. Sounds like something wrong with the shift linkage.
i almost asked if he had looked at the shifting arm ( foot shifter )..but i figured he'd already looked at it..and seen it wasn't stripped out..but..yeah..he should do that first.

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Yeah it didn't look stripped. But it could be something I am over looking that is simple.
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Yeah it didn't look stripped. But it could be something I am over looking that is simple.
nothing is simple...lol..if your foot arm is not moving on the shaft when you press it down..then your gonna need to remove the left hand side cover in order to get to the shifting drum area...in case you wanna save your oil..just tip your bike up on it's right side..about a 45 degree angle..and you won't have to drain your oil.

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It was the foot shifter pulled it off and the spilnes are stripped. Think I may just tack weld it back on
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It was the foot shifter pulled it off and the spilnes are stripped. Think I may just tack weld it back on
If you weld it, get a shop towel and soak it in water and wrap it around the shaft next to the seal. This will help keep the shaft cool, so it doesn't melt the seal.

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