EffBee Posted May 31, 2010 Share Posted May 31, 2010 I need some help from a knowledgeable metallurgist. I had the same issue with my last 1100RT, but I bought more flexible boots that helped out. This time, I'm going to wear the stiffer boots, so that's not a solution. The situation is this. The shift lever on my "new-to-me" 1100RT is a little too low. I've set it in the lower of the two adjustment holes on the footpeg plate, which puts it in the highest position. I've adjusted the turnbuckle on the shift linkage to its tightest. And I am still about 1/4" too low, which prevents me from releasing the shifter sufficiently, between gearshifts, for the shift mechanism inside to engage the next pin on the end of the shift drum. Thus, I shift, say, from second to third, and when I go to shift to fourth, there's nothing there unless I really force my toe downward so the shifter can return to its neutral position and the tranny be ready to engage that next gear. It's a hit-and-miss situation, but never happens if I consciously force my boot toe downward, so it's not in the tranny, but in the shifter position. I've belt-sanded the ribs on the left footpeg to get my foot lower, and even rounded and chamfered the forward edge of those ribs. All of this has helped. But it hasn't entirely eliminated the problem. I thought the ride to Torrey would loosen up the boot ankle. It did, a little. Still, not enough. I've got a vice, some soft clamps, and a bottle torch. I want to remove, heat and bend the shift lever. 1. Not that I know enough for it to matter, but is that a casting or a forging? 2. Will heating and bending it make it susceptible to breaking, given the relatively light pressures we use when shifting? 3. Do I heat the area slowly or quickly, at one point or from both sides? 4. Is it best to bend it at its most forward point, just before it exits the slot in the footpeg plate, or further back? 5. Should I get it as hot as possible, or just hot enough for it to give and bend under pressure? 6. Once bent, should I let it air-cool to room temp or dunk it in water? 7. Anything else you can think of? Link to comment
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