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Hey guys, just recently started having a problem on my 1994 Tdub where the shift lever would stick when shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. When it sticks it feels like it’s physically getting caught on something and it will not budge when upshifting. I’d have to slow down and downshift in order to get it to budge, then it will shift fine.

It occurs very intermittently so it’s difficult to pinpoint what I️ may be doing to cause it if it is operator error. I’m still a little bit on the green side of riding so I️ might very well be doing something wrong.

It only started a few hundred miles ago. I️ just rolled over 1600 miles the other day.

If you guys have any suggestions I’d greatly appreciate it.




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What Brian said. Cheap, easy stuff first before you crack anything open is the way I’d go. Wouldn’t be surprised if someone will chime in with a similar situation as yours and hopefully how to troubleshoot. I doubt being green would make much of a difference as to why that happened. Look the oil filter over good and replace if necessary. Cheers
 

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Yup, that’s the best place to start. The oil also lubes the transmission and clutch so it can and will cause issues. Some additives put into car oil (they separate fluid for the transmission) are not good for a motorcycle’s wet clutch. I’m not going to open the can of worms that is the debate on what oil to use but if you want to play it safe find one formulated for motorcycles with wet clutches so that you know it isn’t causing the issue. Good luck.
 

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Hey guys, just recently started having a problem on my 1994 Tdub where the shift lever would stick when shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. When it sticks it feels like it’s physically getting caught on something and it will not budge when upshifting. I’d have to slow down and downshift in order to get it to budge, then it will shift fine.

It occurs very intermittently so it’s difficult to pinpoint what I️ may be doing to cause it if it is operator error. I’m still a little bit on the green side of riding so I️ might very well be doing something wrong.

It only started a few hundred miles ago. I️ just rolled over 1600 miles the other day.

If you guys have any suggestions I’d greatly appreciate it.




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Mine was sticking more from 1st to 2nd but the screw in the shifter came lose and was keeping the shifter from moving completely. It's cheap and worth checking.
 

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Hmm, there's not much to go wrong here. Make sure your lever is not loose, or bent and physically rubbing on something. Is your clutch disengaging fully, maybe a fraying clutch cable. Have you done something stupid, like really stomped on the lever or crashed bad on the left side recently. Your biggest nightmare is a bent or broke shifting fork. hopefully it's a simple fix, like a bad cable or rubbing external part. full synthinc oil is an improvement, but not a cure all.
 
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