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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 09-07-2019, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Was riding in my Speed Twin when I noticed my gear level wasn't in the usual spot. Stuck in 1st gear I rode back home.

Once home, took a picture of the gear lever. It looks like a sheered bolt inside and not even flush against the outside wall as you would expect. How does this happen?

What options do I have to fix this myself.
I guess I should try and get the metal bolt out of the hole? Any opinions would be good. Dealer will take a month. Images attached
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post #2 of 51 (permalink) Old 09-07-2019, 03:40 PM
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I bet it was loose-- many of us find these loose and backing out--should be a recall

maybe dealer can order new one for you

and just give it to you to install at home

and cover the part under warranty

put some blue loctite on thread of new part

old broken bolt may spin out easy if no loctite on it


try a pick and try to spin it out

or take the shifter off and take it and linkage to dealer
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post #3 of 51 (permalink) Old 09-07-2019, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Used a drill bit and then a thread extractor. Have a temporary solution for now until I hear back from dealer on warranty status. Crazy how a 6 month old part is breaking
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Used a drill bit and then a thread extractor. Have a temporary solution for now until I hear back from dealer on warranty status. Crazy how a 6 month old part is breaking

Id love the hear about the temporary solution- I cant see how anything would work :-)

and how long it takes dealer to get parts -we keep hearing how long it takes to get parts from Triumph

I looked up those ball end sockets and amazingly you cant buy them--or just them and the center rod as an assembly

each end comes only with the part they connect too -how dumb is that

so in your case you need to buy the gear shifter for $82 to get the ball end socket!

I think these sockets are loosening up and then breaking because they are half way turned out, not seated and stressed

PSA -check yours regular and even put a dab of blue loctite on threads

mine was loose brand new so I caught it before it could back out much
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Yeah that's true, I would love to know if there is a generic part i could use here instead of the entire assembly from Triumph

The temporary solution is to thread the old socket back in and baby the gears until I hear back from warranty. As it's already weakened (and with only 3 threads), it will come lose anytime.

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Yeah that's true, I would love to know if there is a generic part i could use here instead of the entire assembly from Triumph

The temporary solution is to thread the old socket back in and baby the gears until I hear back from warranty. As it's already weakened (and with only 3 threads), it will come lose anytime.
I would just buy a 6mm rod end bearing such as this one from eBay and put a new bolt through into the gear lever, job done.
Just check whether yours is left hand or right hand thread.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SI6T-K-Ro...edirect=mobile
You'll need to place washers either side of the Rose joint to pack it out to the correct distance and so you don't lock up the joint, definitely looks like yours has snapped because it backed off, mine's threaded nearly to the other side of the the gear lever.

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Well this took an interesting turn. The warranty claim was denied. They say that the bike looks like it was dropped from the factory indent on the pipe (see attached picture). Will update you guys here how it goes. They wanted a picture without me holding the rod end. So they could "see what I was hiding behind". This is a joke LOL

You guys all have this indent too right? Just want to make sure
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Well this took an interesting turn. The warranty claim was denied. They say that the bike looks like it was dropped from the factory indent on the pipe (see attached picture). Will update you guys here how it goes. They wanted a picture without me holding the rod end. So they could "see what I was hiding behind". This is a joke LOL

You guys all have this indent too right? Just want to make sure
Kinda stuff that pisses me off
first off these things are coming loose--as I mentioned it should be a recall
I don't think they are loctite from factory or maybe they didn't tighten then right
Several folks here caught them loose- -including me
and that DENT is normal- ugh
who is your dealer if you dont mind or what city/state ?

have a look at what the dent is for
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Kinda stuff that pisses me off
first off these things are coming loose--as I mentioned it should be a recall
I don't think they are loctite from factory or maybe they didn't tighten then right
Several folks here caught them loose- -including me
and that DENT is normal- ugh
who is your dealer if you dont mind or what city/state ?

have a look at what the dent is for
Thanks, dealer is one in Canada, Ontario. I'll be sure to mention their name if they don't sort this out. Had to tell them to look at all their other floor models, what a bunch of goons.
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Yeah we all have that dent........It astonishes me how incompetent some dealers are.
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