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Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by Redspanheads » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:27 pm

Will this hand shift transmission cover work on my '55 FLH transmission. The date code on the transmission is 3 3. Is this the correct drum, etc. Any input is appreciated.

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by 1950Panhead » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:53 pm

Will this hand shift transmission cover work on my '55 FLH transmission. The date code on the transmission is 3 3. Is this the correct drum, etc. Any input is appreciated.
This is a panhead cover with a 4 speed drum.
Date code 3 3 was used from March 53 through 57.

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by Redspanheads » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:27 pm

I guess my question is...are all drums the same for four speed? If this cover is off an early transmission will it work on my 55 transmission( it is sitting on my tranny)?

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by 1950Panhead » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:31 pm

I guess my question is...are all drums the same for four speed?
Hand shift 4 speed drums are the same except for 39
If this cover is off an early transmission will it work on my 55 transmission( it is sitting on my tranny)?
Yes, it will work, 36 to 49 covers have two lumps, 50 to 65 are smooth like your photo.

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by Redspanheads » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:54 pm

Ok great. Thanks for the quick responses. Just one more question. I have read that the lever should be facing down but have seen pictures either way. The service manual is a bit vague on that. Any input?

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by 1950Panhead » Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:04 pm

Ok great. Thanks for the quick responses. Just one more question. I have read that the lever should be facing down but have seen pictures either way. The service manual is a bit vague on that. Any input?
36 to 46 lever points up
47 to 65 lever points down 4th on front of shift gate.

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by RUBONE » Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:28 pm

Keep in mind that if used on a gearbox it didn't come off of the shifter fork spacing needs to be checked and re-shimmed if needed to prevent damage to the gearbox.

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by Redspanheads » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:43 am

Thanks for the info. I don’t have the alignment tool. I put the lever in neutral and lifted the cover off carefully. Forks appear to be fairly well centered.

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by Larry » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:15 am

You might get away with it, but the tool is a nice thing to have.

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by Buddhahoodvatoloco » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:42 am

You can do it hombre.... The tool is nice adjunct, but where there is a will, there is a way.. Have at it cowboy.
Redspanheads wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:43 am
Thanks for the info. I don’t have the alignment tool. I put the lever in neutral and lifted the cover off carefully. Forks appear to be fairly well centered.

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by RooDog » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:15 pm

I have done more than a few transmissions since the early 1970s but never enough to justify buying the tool. I have always used the method you have described of gently lifting the cover off while in neutral, since that is where one needs to set the spacing, and I have never had an issue with the shifter fork pacing on those tyrannies I have done. I said all that to say that it is totally possible to successfully work without that tool. Just be sure, like counting money, to do it several times until you are satisfied with the results, those forks do tend to move when the lid is lifted. RooDog

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by Andygears » Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:06 am

My local old school dealer had the tool and set my forks and also torqued my main drive sprocket, cause he had the right deep socket for the nominal fee of $40 after I rebuilt the rest. Depending on your sprocket, the gear fork shaft won't come out with the sprocket in place to reshim the forks. Peace of mind, and no trial and error.

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Re: Hand shift transmission cover

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Post by RooDog » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:26 pm

I was that professional who was paid to set up transmissions. I also made my own Sprocket Nut Wrench by welding two sockets together to clear the main shaft. I learned how to do this because I had been screwed and learned not to trust other people to work on my bike. Also I am able to do many things that need doing in less time than it takes to travel to somebody else's shop and wait for the work to get done. Plus I hate being at the mercy of the shop's business hours. I am "open" 24-7, make house calls, and also roadside repairs when necessary. It was less expensive for me to learn how to do this stuff that to pay someone else and be in the dark as to what was actually done. I have a tool box and a library, + 60 years of experiences...... RooDog

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