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Old 11-13-2012, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HELP!! 1972 500 Stuck in first gear after clutch adjustment

HELP!! 1972 500 Stuck in first gear after clutch adjustment. I took the plates out to clean them and adjusted the clutch afterwards. I have not yet tightened the 3 spring screws on pressure plate. Yesterday, I could shift through the gears. Today I cannot. Clutch adjustment works better than ever though!! Any advice
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you check out the video on you tube I don't know how you adjusted the clutch without tightening the clutch springs. I would start with the springs before getting carried away.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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HELP!! 1972 500 Stuck in first gear after clutch adjustment. I took the plates out to clean them and adjusted the clutch afterwards. I have not yet tightened the 3 spring screws on pressure plate. Yesterday, I could shift through the gears. Today I cannot. Clutch adjustment works better than ever though!! Any advice

I have not yet tightened the 3 spring screws on pressure plate.

Tighten them before they fall off!

Get the manual, read it, go through step by step, and you should be ok!

How did you manage to get the spring nuts off in the first place?

These are 'pip' nuts which engage the ends of the springs and also a 'tang' in the bottom of the spring cups, which are also indexed to the pressure plate in order to lock all components into place once the pressure plate has been adjusted for an true-running lift while the lever is engaged.
Without the proper sequence of events- your just pissing in the wind!
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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With both sides off, and the gearbox in first. It's kinda hard to tighten the spring nuts properly?? I was able to get into N. And took care of all that. I did watch the video, and I have read the manual. There is something holding it up from selecting a full range of gears. I can only go through n to 1 and back again. I was hoping for some insight. I did not have the clutch adjusted properly yesterday on a test run and it grinded a bit. Never was the same after that. Kinda feels like something is outta alignment with the gear selector itself. Hoping to NOT have to take the gear box out.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Okay, i pulled the outer cover off, with some tinkering, I was able to move the gear selector. I can move it from n-2-3-4-3-2-n but not 1st. Is it possible for that gear selector get off a click??
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Could require indexing.
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Could require indexing.
Yes, depending on which gear is used for setting-up the indexing, one tooth out on the quadrant means a gear will be unavailable.
[either 1st or 4th]

Manually selecting 1st with indexing wrong by moving the camplate means it will be stuck in 1st.

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I got it. Loosened up the inner cover a bit and things seems to go right as rain. Thanks. She's shifts like a dream now!!!
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