Author Topic: Xs1100 shift lever does nothing  (Read 346 times)

Offline Scratcher09

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Xs1100 shift lever does nothing
« on: Jul 14, 2017, 22:58:20 »
I recently got my 1980 Xs1100 running for the first time in years.  A few blocks from my house as i was going from 2nd gear to 3rd, it just popped into neutral. I pulled over and now the shift lever does nothing.  It moves up or down but do not feel any gears.  The motor runs fine.  The clutch feels normal.  But it is stuck in neutral.  Any one have any insight to offer?

Offline XS750AU

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Re: Xs1100 shift lever does nothing
« Reply #1 on: Jul 15, 2017, 08:28:59 »
Oh Shit!
I don't have an 1100 but I do have a couple of XS750's that have in the past had issues with loosing 2nd gear. But to loose all gears is not a normal failure for these boxes. Have you checked the final drive? Has something let go there rather than  the gearbox?
I would slip off the rubber boot at the swing arm pivot and see if the shaft is turning?
If nothing turning, then time to pull the sump and see what is happening with the shifters. The gear leaver cranks a link that indexes the shifter drum. To get to that link I think you have to split the cases!!!!!!!!
Hopefully there is someone out there with an 1100 that has better experience than me.
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Offline cxman

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Re: Xs1100 shift lever does nothing
« Reply #2 on: Jul 15, 2017, 08:36:42 »
if you really feel nothing at all i would want to look at the shift cam lever gear and the shift cam gear

as well as the shfit drum pins they are right behind the cover the shift shaft comes out of

if you are lucky its right in there and a easy fix i have seen the number 7 bolt break and one that came loose
1978 CX650 Super Deluxe
1979 XS1100 Special
1974 xl350
1983 cx650 Custom
1973 cb750
1980 cb750
1981 cb650
1982 cb900 c
1974 kawasaki 350 bighorn
1983 GL1100 aspy full dress
1983 GL1100 Nekid
and a bunch of others