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Right, let's get this organised so I don't have any problems with this sprocket fitting on Sunday...


I'm comfortable with actually changing the thing, but... how am I getting the god damn gear selector rod out of the way? Went to clean the front sprocket last weekend and cover was all ready to be removed but couldn't fathom how to get the rod out. So far managed to take it off where it sits on the gear knob but can't get the cover off without more access from the rod...


Anyone with more experience going to tell me what's probably really easy to do and I'm just being rubbish...?

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Ok here we go... As you can see, the sprocket cover is immovable unless I get the gear rod out of the way... which is a bit more tricky apparently than I would have thought... How does one take off that little bar steward!?


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That pesky thing unscrews, it adjusts the lever height relative to the foot peg.


Referring to your last picture, undo the lock nut and unscrew the actual rod, this is how it worked on my old SV and RR which had similar shift rods.


Just when you put it back on make sure you like the lever position and move its position on the thread relative to that. Otherwise it might be too low or high!

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Thats a lock nut. so with the fiddly bit removed, slacken off the lock nut, then hold the shift linkage and unscrew the balljoint from the end of the shaft.

The shaft has flat spots on, so you should be able to get a spanner on there.

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yep, and count the number of turns off, so that you can turn it back on the same number of turns!

also make sure you get the linkage back on the same splines.. so mark with a marker pen before you remove (if not too late!)

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Sounds like hassle! I'd do it the other way round - i.e. take the hanger off - only works if you can release the foot selector from the rest of the hanger though. Whatever works though. :-)

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is it just the single bolt at the top holding it on?

with that removed, the cover might just slip down behind the shift linkage..

It won't - the cover is deep and the shift rod needs to come off. Actually just had a look at my service manual which corroborated this. Annoyingly, it doesn't tell you how to take off the shift rod.


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