Recently, the shift lever on the transmission became loose on Bill’s 1992 Ultra Classic, a common issue in Harleys, due to wear. The transmission shift lever is attached to a splined shaft, which both can become stripped over time. Replacing the stock transmission shift lever, unfortunately by design, requires the removal of the inner and outer primary and clutch, a several hour job plus the replacement of primary fluid and gaskets.
After doing some Googling, he came upon another solution, the Better Lever, created by Conrad Buehler of Buehler Concept and Design. It’s a two piece lever that’s held together at the bottom with bolts, allowing you to replace the stock lever by cutting the old one off, rather than removing the entire primary assembly. The instructional videos on the website are pretty informative, and after receiving an estimate which was over double the cost of the Better Lever, he decided to give this idea a try.
Installation was pretty straightforward, though the removal of the old lever wasn’t so smooth. Since the install last Tuesday, he’s put about a couple hundred miles on the bike, and so far so good.
We’ll post again and share with you how it’s holding up!