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Old 10-03-2005, 08:49 AM
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Shift Drum Washer

I autopsied my missing fifth gear over the weekend. I was able to find the dowel and then carefully put the ear of the existing washer in place (4th was banged up too, so I tapped it back in place). After putting it all back together, 5th was back. For about 20 miles. I got home with my "4speed" and took it apart again (dinged the gas tank leaning to the right *&^$%#^%*&*@#@!!!!) and the tab had broken off of 5th and 4th was bent again. What causes this and is there a stronger part than the stock washer available? I ordered two new washers this morning, but would be happier if I knew I had a more bulletproof part thant the original Yammy washer. The cool thing was that while the washer held the pins in place, shifting was much smoother and it was nice to make 5th gear's acquantance again.
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Old 10-04-2005, 08:29 PM
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?? I'm not quite following this, Papa Gino. Can you provide a photo, or perhaps refer to the following pages from the microfiche to better explain which dowels and washers are involved:
http://www.rctvonline.net/xs11/c15.gif
http://www.rctvonline.net/xs11/d5.gif
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Old 10-05-2005, 05:48 AM
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The washer is just under the shift cover and holds the dowels that the shifter mechanism pushes and pulls to shift up or down. It's part number four in microfiche D5. I ordered two of those puppies from Yamaha cause they look like a weak link.
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Old 10-05-2005, 07:40 AM
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Ken, Are the microfiches you use available for download somewhere (free or purchased)? They are very useful.
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Old 10-05-2005, 07:51 AM
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You can go to Yamaha-motors and go to their parts catalog for a break down microfiche on all yamaha models.

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/my...starthere.aspx
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Old 10-05-2005, 08:53 AM
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The samples I posted in my reply came from here . It is something I put together a few years ago before this stuff was widely available on-line.

I haven't had a chance to look at my spare motor in the shed, but I don't remember that part as being particularly prone to breakage. Something tells me something may be out of whack with the shift lever or some of the mechanism on shift fork shaft. Does the shift lever feel right when you press down or lift up on it?
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Old 10-05-2005, 10:52 AM
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Ken,

You'd be doing us all a favor (you already have) by putting a link to your XS 11 "page" in the "links" section. That way we can find it readily when in need.

Thanks for your continuing contributions and advice to all of the readers.

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When the "washer" tabs were not smack up against the Dowels, the shift was rough, (almost painful from 3rd to 4th). Once I had tapped them back into place, it was smooth until it let go (I suspect the washer fingers were fatigiued from the bending) I'll let you know how it feels once I get it back together (Saturday Afternoon I hope).
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BTW, You may also want to check to ensure that the Shift pawl is properly synchronized with the shift drum. When it's in 2nd gear, there is a little NOTCH scribed on the side of the drum, and also in the middle of the shift pawl lever, and these should be aligned with each other. IF NOT, then you need to adjust the shift lever so that they are aligned=synched!
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