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Gear linkage top hat bushes

Hi Guys
Whilst i am doing lots of other overhauling bits and pieces, i have noticed that my gear lever is sticking and not moving around properly.
I have already purchased the top hat bushes from AL, but i was just wondering how easy is it to fit these? Does anyone have a how to?
How quick and easy is it to do, is there anything else i should do at same time?
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I didn't replace the bushes at the time, but the procedure is the same. ..,
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Uh, all of them I think

Yes, very easy, instructions in that link above.

What else should you do?

1) Bleed the clutch.
2) Remove the clutch lever, and top bush, grease these and dribble about a table spoon full of EP90 down the shaft (see "stiff clutch" threads)
3) Change the gearbox oil, much easier when the battery tray is out of the way.
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Correct. It was very easy in my case as the battery is in the boot and thus out of the way. I've been using ceramic high temp. grease.
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Very easy, bout 45min to 1hr if you take your time, not bad considering never done before.
Gear stick now self centers and is easy to operate again
Simple, remove plastic elbow for intake, even easier if you remove the rubber elbow aswell, but i didn't.
Remove battery x2 10mm battery terminals and 13mm nut holding strap down, lift out battery, lift up plastic tray under battery.
Undo 4x 13mm bolts holding tray, then remove 1x 10mm nut at back which holds wiring loom to battery tray, then remove 10 nut holding air filter to battery tray.
Then unclip 4x relay mounts with relays
Then remove battery tray. You now have as much access as you need.
Then undo 17mm nut on gear linkage swivel housing thingy, leave nut on whilst you tap with hammer and suitable drift to push out linkage arm. Note there is nut, washer, then actuating arm with spring , this needs to be slid off whilst you drift out linakge arm.
Then once arm is removed you will see plastic bushes, drift these out easy to drift out back one and then i used screw driver to push down on bush, hook out and remove.
Then with wd40 and sand paper clean out hole. Then apply lots of grease(lm not copper) to keep it all nicely moving. push in new top hat plastic bushes with grease.
Then re assemble. Do not go mad tight with the 17mm nut, just nip it up(it is nylock)
I found that you didn't need to unclip cable from linkage arm, therefore less fiddly.
All bolt were put back in with dab of grease to help aid them come out next time.
Perfect smooth gear stick again.


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