loose gear lever on shaft!

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wardy
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loose gear lever on shaft!

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Hi guys. A common problem surely. It's my gear lever on the gt380, which is a loose fit on the splines now due to wear. i've tried wrapping the shaft with aluminium tape etc , but it still works loose. I'm still able to change gear, but I don't want the lever departing the bike whilst i'm out riding!. No doubt many others have come across this too.... just wondered if anyone can suggest a more permanant fix?
Have a good time in Wales boys... cheers Andy
Andy;
1976 gt750A; 86 FZ750
1977gt380A
1982 z400j
1981 z650f.....1988 Sufolk punch 14"
"look;it's my bike; when you own it ,you can paint it any colour you like!"
(I once painted my Z650 PINK and had the pink panther logo on the tailpiece)
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Alan H
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Re: loose gear lever on shaft!

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Is it the lever or the shaft that's worn?
If it's the lever, put it in a vice and almost close the slot (bolt removed), then run a hacksaw down the slot. Fit a new bolt and try that - the slot can then tighten a bit more and hopefully will grip the shaft better. You can do this more than once - not too tight as the saw blade will nip.
If it's the shaft that's worn and the above trick doesn't work, you may need a new shaft.
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Gary66
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Re: loose gear lever on shaft!

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I used a slither of coke can wrapped around the shaft which worked well, might be worth a try?
wardy
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Re: loose gear lever on shaft!

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Thanks chaps.. I'll try the hacksaw trick and the coke can one as well. I once lost a gear lever on my z650 due to this when on a ride up near York. managed to turn round and find it again though on that occasion!. Just don't want a repetition! thanks to Alan and Gary.
Andy;
1976 gt750A; 86 FZ750
1977gt380A
1982 z400j
1981 z650f.....1988 Sufolk punch 14"
"look;it's my bike; when you own it ,you can paint it any colour you like!"
(I once painted my Z650 PINK and had the pink panther logo on the tailpiece)
wardy
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Location: north lincolnshire

Re: loose gear lever on shaft!

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Now sorted with a wrap of coke can as suggested... many thanks.
Andy;
1976 gt750A; 86 FZ750
1977gt380A
1982 z400j
1981 z650f.....1988 Sufolk punch 14"
"look;it's my bike; when you own it ,you can paint it any colour you like!"
(I once painted my Z650 PINK and had the pink panther logo on the tailpiece)
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itsnotateapot
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Re: loose gear lever on shaft!

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wardy wrote: Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:20 am Now sorted with a wrap of coke can as suggested... many thanks.
I hope you used Diet coke.
SUZUKI GT750 L 8-)
SUZUKI T500 M 8-)
SUZUKI GT185 K 8-)
Suzuki T500 Cobra 8-) 8-)
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Gary66
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Re: loose gear lever on shaft!

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If you had used red bull, well.who.knows what might have happened :D
wardy
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Re: loose gear lever on shaft!

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Looks like Red Bull have found some extra performance at the mo. so I'm gonna try a sliver of that next time!... maybe I'll be a fast as Verstappen!
Andy;
1976 gt750A; 86 FZ750
1977gt380A
1982 z400j
1981 z650f.....1988 Sufolk punch 14"
"look;it's my bike; when you own it ,you can paint it any colour you like!"
(I once painted my Z650 PINK and had the pink panther logo on the tailpiece)
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