Taking out the play on a GL1500 shifter arm

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  • Taking out the play on a GL1500 shifter arm

    I have been helping a fellow that was injured over 30 years ago (broke his back motor cross racing) get back into riding. He bought a nice looking GL1500 Trike and I have been helping with the changes needed for him to ride. Finally found and installed an original shifter arm and attached the Pingel Shifter. Problem it appears is that there is a great deal of "play" in the travel of the shifter arm before it attempts to engage the next gear (make the shift). I am not a 1500 guy and thus thought I would toss this out to see if there "might" be a chance to take some of that out that "I" could do. Hate to see him need to put this in the shop. I also am thinking of how to "mod" the shifter arm to shorten for a quicker throw of the Pingel. All suggestions welcomed. Thanks
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    Why sweat the leg thing when I can still ride a Goldwing
    Member of the Hann-Amigo Trio

  • #2
    The shifter on both the 1500s I have owned have been very sloppy. I think it is a characteristic of the bike. I have never tried to remedy it so I will be of little help to you. Good luck

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    • #3
      If you can sign unto GoldWingFacts.com you might use the search feature and find the video to tighten up the shift linkage.

      Essentially you move the sifter forward or back by changing the rotation of the first linkage arm and then change the elevation by changing the pivot point rotation of the second arm.

      Some of them used to do that to take the slop out as it protected from the under shift damage between third and fourth gears.

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      • #4
        Wheels you might want to look at this http://www.gl1500auxiliaryshifterpivot.com/ seems people like this setup, Ray

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        • #5
          Gentlemen, thanks very much. My friend is ordering the shiftpivot and once it arrives, we will give it a go and get him riding. Thanks again!!!!
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          Why sweat the leg thing when I can still ride a Goldwing
          Member of the Hann-Amigo Trio

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          • #6
            I installed a shifter pivot on my GL1500 and it has made a world of difference.
            And that is AFTER the bike has 125,000 miles on it.
            It will save the shift shaft seal from excess deformity and help lessen the potential for leaking
            And the shifts are more crisp - the lever will actuate correctly on the axis of the shaft
            If you have a GL1500 - this is a good mod to consider.

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