Bent shift lever linkage--how to fix?

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Bent shift lever linkage--how to fix?

Postby slfishf1 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:51 pm

Took a spill last week. 2008 990 SD. Damage mostly minor except it appears the tabs holding shift linkage have been bent in toward swingarm vs linkage being parallel to same. Pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fishergen ... 2041890694. Seeking recommendations re how to address. Just pry/hammer to straighten?

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Re: Bent shift lever linkage--how to fix?

Postby weeksy » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:08 am

NAh, as they're cast, straightening them at the very least will fatigue them.

Personally i'd take it off, replace with another used one that's straight. It's likely your frame/mounts are fine, just the footrest assembly that's bent.
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Re: Bent shift lever linkage--how to fix?

Postby BuddhaBiker » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:11 pm

I did that on my Super Duke, but bent the rear brake pedal. I was told not to try to straighten it as it would probably break, so I replaced it.


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Re: Bent shift lever linkage--how to fix?

Postby BuddhaBiker » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:12 pm

I was told it might not break right then, but people have had it break on them as soon as they got hard on the rear brake.


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Re: Bent shift lever linkage--how to fix?

Postby No. 47 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:48 pm

Can't tell from the photos but whenever I've binned mine, its the frame tabs that bend and they're relatively easy to bend back using long hardened bolts and a scaffolding tube - but I have Power Part rearsets on both which don't bend.
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Re: Bent shift lever linkage--how to fix?

Postby slfishf1 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:00 pm

No. 47: Confirmed frame tabs a bit bent. Will use your method to tweak them back into place.

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Re: Bent shift lever linkage--how to fix?

Postby bic_bicknell » Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:18 pm

Yes, the guys in the know are in the know!

I've dropped my '07 on track many times and I have solid rear-sets fitted. The tabs on the frame are what are bent here, not the cast rears-set.

But they are relatively easy to bend back. Just get some sort of big leverage and "VERY SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY" ease them back into parallel with bike. I've done this at leat three times and (I guess they are weaker than as they were when new) but they are fine and have not fractured at the weld at all.
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