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    That imfamous transmission detent spring--broken again.

    I have a 1979 R90/6 with 100,000 mi and this is the 2nd time I have had this spring problem--trans stuck in 2nd gear and will not shift. The last time the spring broke, it was about 20 years ago at amost 50,000 mi. The last time I removed the trains and delivered to a dealer to fix at about $450 back then. The price is $575 now and I'd like to tackle it myself this time. I have the Sep 03 Gary Smith ON repair article and a repair manual, but I'm lacking the special tools (nut puller and nut screw) to remove the drive flange nut and flange. If anyone has these rarely used tools and wouldn't mind renting or lending them, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Any advice on doing this job would be appreciated as well. My name is Richard and my email is, phone: 321-254-2933--Cheers!

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    Liaison 20774's Avatar
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    Snowbum has some pretty good diagrams for making an emergency shifting tool:

    Not what you need, but something to look at and consider.
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    I could have used that tool 31 years ago on my 82 R100RT.
    2004 R1150RT 183,000 miles , 1991 K100LT 128,700 miles, 1982 R100RT 106,900 miles
    Total 418,600 BMW miles
    The cheapest thing on a BMW is the nut that connects the handlebars to the seat.

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    Sir Darby Darryl Cainey's Avatar
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    If anyone is interested a machinist friend makes them in Dunnville Ontario Canada.
    Not sure how much but I can ask, I always carry one in my tool kit.
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    Neutral detend spring

    Saw your post. My '74 R90/6 detend spring failed around 50k miles also. Maybe you know this already, BMW of Marin said the shaft that the shift lever attaches to was not machined correctly and the spring would hang up in the front or rear position instead of centering as it should. After so many miles of being hit by something in the trans, I am not a trans expert, the end would break off and you are stuck in whatever gear, mine was third gear. Yellowstone park to Santa Rosa, CA., in third gear. After repair, no more problems. Hope this helps. J Terry, Paradise, CA.

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    Reno, NV

    Question Prevent?

    Isn't there some upgrade or modification you can do to prevent this situation?

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