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Offline FTB530

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Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« on: March 24, 2018, 03:07:39 am »
Well who has this and what did it cost you?
I saw it said $21 for the part but when I added it to my cart it charged me $91,
I don’t need it that bad!

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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2018, 03:08:37 am »
Glitch. $21 sounds about right. I paid less I think, but that was years ago.

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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2018, 03:09:47 am »
I didn’t get to the check out point , maybe it will change if I do that!

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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2018, 03:16:05 am »
My bad , I see what happened !

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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2018, 07:05:23 pm »
My bad , I see what happened !

You didn't select the "option" correctly, pick the pulldown menu and select "kit only"...
You selected "kit plush new shifter" which adds $70...

I think you know that now from your response... :great:

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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2018, 02:27:50 am »
Its a great upgrade for sure. Its one of those things you get to use constantly and enjoy. Priceless at $21.
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2018, 03:27:45 am »
My bad , I see what happened !

You didn't select the "option" correctly, pick the pulldown menu and select "kit only"...
You selected "kit plush new shifter" which adds $70...

I think you know that now from your response... :great:
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2018, 12:42:00 pm »
FTB, Kawasaki slightly opened up the ID of the shifter since this was first developed.
Be sure to use locktite to secure the bearings in the shifter.

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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2018, 01:37:43 pm »
FTB, Kawasaki slightly opened up the ID of the shifter since this was first developed.
Be sure to use locktite to secure the bearings in the shifter.

Ride safe, Ted

BTW There's a Loc-Tite product specifically for that purpose. 520 secures gears is for press-fit rather than a thread Locker.
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2018, 01:38:55 pm »
I guess it's time for me to get me one of these to compliment Steve's Mountain Runner Flash...
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2018, 03:51:24 am »
I did this upgrade when mine was new and forgot all about it. I'm sure that nylon bushing would have gotten sloppy by now. I also like what full synthetic oil does for my shifting too.

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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2018, 01:22:45 am »
Put mine in last week on my -16, felt snug enough. Works perfectly too.
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2018, 01:20:21 pm »
THis is obviously a cheap mod, and seems kind of fun.

Can somebody describe the benefits, and SELL ME on it??  :)

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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2018, 01:29:58 pm »
Its the best improvement you will never notice?   :great:   :rotflmao:
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2018, 07:05:42 pm »
If you grab a shift lever, on most bikes, they have a lot of play in them.  If you don't like this play, his bearing kit does a really good job of eliminating most of that play.

There's really nothing else that will accomplish that , for 20.00  When I posted this response, the next thread down was called, "The little things".

This probably fits into that category, but still worth doing.
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2018, 12:34:59 am »
I have the peg lowering kit from AST which changes the leverage angle of the shifter a little but the difference was very noticeable in my case. I think the difference may be that your foot may not always be perfectly aligned when lifting on the lever. I do know that when on the center stand you can shift it by hand and feel this difference. My plastic sleeve fell apart when I removed it at about 35K miles so glad I replaced it with this.
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2018, 05:54:46 am »
I also installed this kit after finding the plastic bushing cracked. Never a problem since.
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2018, 11:11:37 am »
I also installed this kit after finding the plastic bushing cracked. Never a problem since.

Did that cracked bushing manifest itself in any sloppy or notchy shifting?

Curious how you KNEW it was cracked, and why you went looking for it??

I'm just trying to decide if this is going to make shifting $21 worth of better.  I want to believe......
And even fresh synthetic oil didn't REALLY seem to make my shifting any better this year.  ::)

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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2018, 11:30:23 am »
Purely subjective. When I saw the kit it made me wonder why it was created, there's usually a good reason. So, I went looking and found the cracked bushing, then ordered the kit. For $21 it can save you from potentially much more costly repair. The shifter shaft passes through a seal and constant elliptical movement can make it leak. Admittedly rare but for $21 I choose to install the kit as a preventative measure.
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2018, 12:16:56 pm »
I had an sv 650 and its shift lever had a similar design....The lever pivoted around this thin, nylon/plastic spacer.

After 22,000 miles, the shift lever would move side to side as much as it did "up and down".   By then, everything was so worn, I doubt a bearing would have fit. It snot as if the bike would not shift, it did, but it was not at all crisp, or precise. 

I liked his Concours 14 kit enough that when I bought my Ninja 1000, I sent the shift lever to him and he now has a kit for the ninja 1000/z 1000 as well..

A good set of rearsets, for a sportbike, is usually 500-600.00, minimum. The good ones have the levers pivoting on ball bearings. 

The fact that murph can give you that benefit, on the shift side,  for 21.00, makes it sort of a no-brainer.
You know what else compliments this kit?

Its about 1/4 down, from the top.  The Factory Pro shift kit.  Although its probably best to install the entire kit, I used just the spring.

I felt pretty foolish spending 40.00 plus, for a 2.00 spring, but its a nice improvement to this transmission.

http://www.factorypro.com/Prod_Pages/prodk96.html#Shift%20Star
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2018, 04:50:52 pm »
14K on mine. Nothing wrong, just read from all of you the bearings are the hot ticket.

Are they ever!  My Nephew has an FJR and he's jealous.  ;)

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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2018, 06:40:06 pm »
If you grab a shift lever, on most bikes, they have a lot of play in them.  If you don't like this play, his bearing kit does a really good job of eliminating most of that play.

There's really nothing else that will accomplish that , for 20.00  When I posted this response, the next thread down was called, "The little things".

This probably fits into that category, but still worth doing.
I checked my shifter, and yes after this was upgraded it is solid and smooth. While you may not notice it much, it’s a mechanical Improvememt for sure.
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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2018, 01:21:01 am »
I installed this upgrade. At 125k miles it shifts better then it ever has! Everyone should do this.

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Re: Murph’s shifter bearing upgrade!
« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2018, 04:05:21 pm »
This is one of those products that we dont really "need" but it is a better connection and does make the shifting tighter.
 I also installed a Throttle Tamer . same thing ,its not a need but it is an improvement.
 For me the TT didnt do much in terms of helping out the shifting as advertised but what I found is the tube feels silky smooth.
 If I had to get a new bike those two products plus Steve's Mountain Runner flash would be ordered the first day.
 
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