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Old 07-27-2019, 11:29 PM   #1
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How common are 02-04 shifter issues?

Hey guys, Iím looking at an 04 tomorrow and I know there were some shifting issues which required engine disassembly to repair. How common was that problem? Do you think Iíd be better off waiting for an 05 or later model?
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Old 07-28-2019, 02:25 PM   #2
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I just bought an 02 with just under 30k miles on it. The previous owner said harley had to rebuild his at his own expense about 10k miles ago because of this common transmission problem.
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Old 07-28-2019, 06:28 PM   #3
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I have 180,000 mils on my 2007 and never had a shifter problem but I am a conservative rider and do not brutalize my machines.
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on some of the 02 and some 03 models the star detent on the end of the shifter drum came loose.the drum was modified with a dowel on later models.the next mod was on the return spring and ratchet,i think thats the word,where it allowed the replacement of the shifter shaft without the need to split cases.
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Old 07-28-2019, 08:16 PM   #5
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I think 2004 was the year they came out with the stronger 4th gear shift fork and the improved shift drum. The 04's were the ones with the triple sprocket bolt that could back out due to improper tightening, but that's an easy fix if it hasn't blown the engine.

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on some of the 02 and some 03 models the star detent on the end of the shifter drum came loose.the drum was modified with a dowel on later models.the next mod was on the return spring and ratchet,i think thats the word,where it allowed the replacement of the shifter shaft without the need to split cases.
Any way to tell if you have one prone to this issue or just random 02/03's?
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Old 07-28-2019, 10:28 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies, guys. Yeah, Iím going to stay away from the 02-04s. Why take a chance.

Wow...180,000 on a vrod from one of the posters. Thatís what I want to hear...even though it was an 07. These bikes are amazing. Canít wait to get one.
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