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    Shifter linkage question

    I recently bought a 1600GTL and the previous owner threw in a driver foot-peg lowering kit from Suburban-Machinery. I installed it yesterday, and definitely can say I noticed the additional 1 1/4 leg room; feels much more comfortable. The only problem now is the shift lever is too high, and to shift, I have too raise my whole leg, otherwise the bike gets stuck in neutral. Down shifting is even worse, very annoying. Need to see if there is any info out in the 1600 forum(s) on this, or maybe I need to take the bike in for a minor adjustment, or possibly I may need to get the shifter extension linkage as well. Other than that, bike is riding great! Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    If the shifter is adjustable you will be able to tell by the fact that the shifter either sits on a shaft with splines and a single bolt through it, back the bolt out, pull the shifter off the shaft and rotate down one or two splines.

    Or there is a rod with two 10mm nuts on either end, loosen each but, turn the center rod and the shifter will move up or down depending on the direction. Get to desired location and tighten each nut to lock it in place.

    Note in either case above a little adjustment makes a big difference, so I suggest adjusting a little and test riding. Garage testing is not the same as road testing.

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    The Shifter is adjustable, I raised mine so I could fit my immobilized foot/ankle and be able to upshift (by raising my leg, no less). It was a few years ago, but I believe it was simple using a small allen or torx drive
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    Excellent, thanks guys!

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    Adjusting the shifter position may be sufficient for you...or it may not.

    I installed lower pegs on my Hexhead R, and found that I couldn't adjust the shifter enough; further, even if I could, the new footpeg position (a bit further outboard from the bike's centerline) required that the shifter also move a bit laterally. Using an aftermarket GS part, I fabricated a new shifter that puts the shift tab in the right location.
    Last edited by dbrick; 01-27-2016 at 07:15 PM.
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