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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-16-2014, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a solution to what I call "slop" in the shifter on the Vic's? At first I thought that maybe it was just mine, but when I was at a dealer recently I checked several of the new bikes on the floor and they all have at least some amount of slop in them. I think mine is worse than most others that I've felt and I'm hoping there is a way to at least reduce it.

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Witchdoctor sells bushings to tighten it up.

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You can get brass bushings from Witchdoctors that last a lot longer than the crappy OEM plastic bushings.

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Yeah, mine's pretty sloppy too. Been keeping me eye on it, doesn't seem to get any worse. The up-and-down slack isn't too bad, its that left to right wiggle that is a lil concerning. I'm due for my first oil change and service so I'll just drop it by and see what they think.

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Be careful with those bushings fellas...some have installed them only to find their shifter and brake bound up. Loose is far better than tight.

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They come that way from the factory. Way to loose if u ask me.

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I just removed my WD bushings tonight. Shifter side. This was the 2nd time they bound up on me. My shifter does not return properly when this happens. Rode 200 miles to get home and had to use my foot to return the shifter. Pain in the ass. They are not machined properly. Some are but these are not. I put back in the stock ones for now and all is ok. sloppy but good . I have a friend that runs a machine shop. I will have him fix them up.

So yes beware. The idea is good to correct the slop but the machining is off on some bushings. Brake side is better.

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I've got over 20K miles on my WD bushings and haven't had a binding problem once. I polished and greased the bolt and bushings with wheel bearing grease before reassembly so maybe that's why.

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Have not had a problem with the WD Bushings, in fact they helped some but was not until added a spring washer to the threaded side that really made a big difference in the slop in the shifter ..

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So do you reckon the shifter slop causes bad shifts sometimes?
what are you fellas lubing the shifter pivots with? ..Ive used a squirt of chain lube left over from my now gone chain drive bikes, seemed to improve the shift, as did the Penrite MC15-50 semi synthetic oil I used in the engine last oil and filter change.
Still not perfect tho and can slip out of second on the upshift if its at all half-hearted.

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