Harley Shifter Pawl Assembly

Question for Fix My Hog Hi, My 21 year old Heritage Softail (1992 EVO) won’t return gear when placed into second upwards. Do I need to take the gear box out to fix the pawl?

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Fix My Hog Answers Kenny, yes, you will have to remove the gear set. Be sure to replace the entire Harley shifter pawl assembly; not just the spring. It will also be a good time to replace all of your bearings including: main drive gear bearing, main shaft and counter shaft bearings, trap door bearings, throw out bearing, inner primary bearing; if your budget allows. Thanks for your question.

Tool: Adjustment is easiest to do in instances when the primary drive is removed. However, the adjustment can still be made with, either, a specialty tool or with modified 11/16″ and 1/4″ wrenches. Loosen the 11/16″ jam nut and make small adjustments with the 1/4″ wrench. Suggest finding 2 sacrificial wrenches. 11/16″ & 1/4″. Bend, cut, grind them as needed.

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5 Responses to “Harley Shifter Pawl Assembly”
  1. Chris Huffman
    Chris Huffman

    How,can I tell the difference between a broken and a loose shifter paw on a1996 flht

    • Customer Service Techs
      Customer Service Techs

      If you have a broken shifter pawl spring, the transmission shift arm will not return on its own.
      If you have a broken shifter pawl shaft, you will not be able to shift at all.
      There is really no way for a shift pawl assembly to be considered loose.
      If it is sloppy and has a lot of play; either the shaft is broken, or the spring.

  2. Jd

    Where did you buy the pawl adjustment tools for adjusting pawl without taking bike apart