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Does this look like the correct shift lever? I don’t see where it can go on and utilize all the teeth on the tranny post. If I push it all the way in, I can’t thread the bolt in to secure. If I thread the bolt in the gap on the post, the shift lever is barely on and wiggles. And then all the teeth of the of tranny post and shift lever are not being used. New shift lever is $38. No problem getting one but don’t want to get the same one I have!!! Thoughts?
 

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Looks like the right shifter, just bent a tad inward ? Just slide it on, till the groove in the
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lines up with shift peg bolt hole. I'd torque down to (specs) > 12 foot lbs .... Cause it Looks to have been loose with that light rust.
 

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Here is a pic of a 96 300 shift lever , there is a space at the end where the shaft doesn't go flush with the end on all of my 300 shifters , I just went and looked ------ looks like the teeth at the end of your shaft is worn out
 

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Thank you for the pics. Appears it’s the right shift lever. I also see on your pic Fish that the bolt has a nut on the end. Mine threads into the shift lever itself. I find it strange they would not utilize the entire post with all the teeth and just move the hole on the shift lever so that the bolt lines up with the slot in the shift lever. But Honda engineers are smarter than me so I’m sure there is a reason. I could use a thinner bolt and nut and push the lever in all the way in and secure it. I’ve already checked and there is no interference. I’ll let you know what I do.
Thanks for the help!
 

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Actually I just looked and mine and looks exactly like yours Fish, with the shift lever pushed in. The bolt will not go in with it like that. It probably would but I’d have to muscle it on and I’d be afraid of damaging the tranny shaft. The original bolt threads are damaged in the middle where someone already did that.
So I guess I’m wondering why the tranny shaft has a slot in it. No way the bolt goes there because then the shift lever would be hanging off. Maybe you used a smaller bolt on yours Fish? As you can see, my shift lever has threads.
 

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Bud' , it had threads at one time , when the threads get messed up and the bolt doesn't hold any more , I will take a drill and drill the threads out and install a bolt with a nut , I use the same size bolt , just longer and with a nut -- looks like there is enough of metal that you could drill a second hole out side of where the shaft ends and help squeeze the lever hard on the shaft
 

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Yup. Could do that. I'm just wondering why yours goes in and mine doesn't. With the bolt in the hole of the shift lever you can see with your eye that the bolt is going to interfere with the shaft. And on my bolt the threads are damaged where they would hit the shaft.

I'm over thinking this! But I feel I'm doing something wrong. I'll dive into it tomorrow!
 

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Maybe if you took an awl or a nail and used it as a line up pin and make the hole align with the slot before you try and stick the bolt in
 

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Update: I still don't understand. I put the shift lever on and then tried to turn the bolt on. It would hit the shaft and strip the threads on the bolt. So I put the lever in my vice, cranked it down so it was tight. Then I put it back on ATV and used a smaller diameter bolt and nut and threadlock.

I'm sure this will work and not come lose. But I'm still puzzled by why it wouldn't go on properly. And my brain can see why exactly why it won't go on properly! To me it seems the bolt hole on the shaft is in the wrong place. But mine is the same as Fish's. Can't think about it anymore, gotta move on!
 

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I don't know what to think about your shift lever problem , only problem I have had with the shift lever is the threads for the thru bolt pulling out of the lever and having to put a longer bolt with a nut

I have a 300 that striped the splines on the shift shaft and I tack welded the lever onto the shaft about 6 or 7 years ago , the shaft needs replacing any ways , so when and if I ever need to get it off , I will just cut it off with a grinder and replace the shaft at that time
 

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sure is a lot of rust there? guess it makes for a tight fit..
 
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