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01 softail std
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Yes and no !!ozwick wrote:Just curious,
Is it possible to take a stock 4 speed Pan transmission and convert it to a 5 speed and still retain the stock look
its not possible to convert the transmission, but it is possible to buy a new 5 speed transmission that retains the stock 4 speed look but:
If your not the lucky owner of a 65 panhead you have to make some modifications. For the first you need to get hold of a 65 inner primary cover as you cannot run the tin inner primary on a 65 without cutting in it.
If you have an early engine case you need to machine a kind of spacer to fit the 65 inner primary cover to the engine.
Then you need to take your engine apart and replace your sprocketshaft with one that fits the long mainshaft on the 65 up tranny.
If you dont mind running with a 3" beltdrive i believe this is the fastest and cheapest way. Ive seen somewhere that you can get some adaptors for the sprocketshaft (then you dont need to take the engine apart). The only thing here is that you would need to put a bearingsupport on the transmission.
I hope it makes sense ....*SS*
In the years i have been building and repairing bikes i have learned that allmost anything is possible, the only limit is the law and the price !!
Im pretty sure every "last gear" are always 1:1 !57pan wrote:I could be wrong but... doesn't the 5in4 have the same 1:1 high gear? So, if you're wanting to do this in order to get an "overdrive" I don't think this will do it. It just gives you a an extra gear between 1st and high which may, or may not, help you much, depending on the kind of riding you do.
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2007 Kaw. Vulcan 2000
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The stock late model 5 speeds have the same 1:1 top gear, and 4th gear is the same ratio as 3rd gear in a 4 speed. They just divide the 1st-2nd into three seperate gears. What would be REAL nice is this setup from back in the early '80s made by LJ&R Ltd. in Denver, a four speed style kicker/electric case, ratchet top, with a 5th gear 1.28/1 overdrive! Cost in those days was $1000 for the complete new tranny. Wonder whatever happened to them...
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