Tape measure, wrenches (1/2” combo, 7/16” open end, 3/8” open end) and Loctite 242 (not included).
BEFORE you start disassembly, measure the distance between the ball joint studs on your existing shift linkage and make a note of it here:
To remove the old link, loosen both of the ball joint jam nuts. Remove the capscrews and nuts or other hardware that holds the link ends onto the foot shifter lever on the front and the transmission shifter lever on the rear. The rear ball joint is usually threaded directly in to the transmission shift lever.
To install your new RoadNames® shifter link, thread a jam nut onto each end so there is at least3/8” of thread exposed for the ball joints to screw on to. Thread both ball joint ends on to the shifter link so that the distance between the studs is the same as the measurement you noted before disassembly. Do not tighten the jam nuts yet. **NOW is a good opportunity to check that the pinch bolt on the bottom of the transmission shift lever is tight.
We have found several that have loosened, leaving the shift lever loose on the shaft. If it wobbles or moves side to side, this is the time to tighten it up. You’ll need an Allen wrench set for this.
Apply Loctite 242 to the rear ball joint stud and thread it in to the transmission shift lever. Tighten it to 13-16 ft.lbs. Install a 5/16”-24 chrome acorn nut on the exposed threads if desired using another drop of Loctite 242.
Apply Loctite 242 to the front ball joint stud and attach it to the foot shifter lever in the same manner as the old link was attached (outside or inside mount). Tighten the capscrew and acorn nut to 13-16 ft.lbs.
Align your RoadNames® shifter link so that your design can be easily seen, then tighten the jam nuts to 20-24 ft.lbs. Check that link has some rotation at each end of travel limits; when you hold the shifter all the way down like shifting into first, you should be able to roll the link a couple of degrees in each direction. Same for upshift position. If the link binds at either end of travel, you may have difficulty shifting and the ball joint ends will wear out prematurely. IMPORTANT: SAFETY FIRST! Be sure to check all fasteners and link ends for tightness and proper operation each time you ride. If you have any problems with this product, contact RoadNames® immediately at 1-877-273-6263.
Enjoy! Congratulations, your bike is now truly “one of a kind!” If you are happy with the results, please tell your friends how to contact us or pass along the business cards we sent with your RoadNames® shifter link.
Thanks again for your order!
OUR NO HASSLE GUARANTEE: If you are not 100% satisfied with your RoadNames® shifter link for any reason, return it to us within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. If your RoadNames® shifter link should ever fail, return it to us with an explanation of what happened for a free replacement. Note that ball joint ends are not covered under this guarantee since they are components that will eventually wear out under normal usage.
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