Question about 2003 Suzuki VL 1500 Intruder LC

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I have owned this intruder for a year now. It had a problem when going up or down hills in 4th gear. it would shift into neutral or false neutral between 4th and 5th gear. Now it is shifting into neutral from 3rd gear when put under a load and all the problems multiply when riding with a passenger. I have looked al over the net and seen a lot of these 1500's are having this problem but Suzuki says they are unaware of any known problems with these bikes. when entering a highway it puts my self and my passenger in a verry bad posistion when you jump out of gear and the engin races almost out of controle. I have to wait for the engine to slow down before I can try and put it back in gear and regain speed to catch up with the outher trafic. I have an appointment with a Street Trackn' Trail on Friday. There price quote just to look at it was over $600. Having some idea as to what could be wrong with it would be nice so there service tech dosn't take me for a ride would be most helpfull.

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Hi, Phsyco1 nice novella and the usual suspects are:
1. Shifter pawl improperly adjusted.
2. Shifter drum improperly adjusted or damaged.
3. Shifter engaging parts/dogs badly worn or rounded.
4. Shifter forks bent.
5. Damaged gears.
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SOURCE: Motorcycle won't shift gears

You have bent shift forks my friend. You can take it to the dealer for $$$$ or ask a mechanic in the shop if he fixes bikes at home. This will cost a lot less. My guess is $600.00. Get a firm price before the work starts.

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Posted on Mar 22, 2009

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SOURCE: shifting problem 96 1400 Intruder 4 speed

Yes, the bad news is bent shift forks. The engine comes out and dissassembles into about 75 different parts. The gears come out, the the shift drum, then the forks. Not a job for the Saturday mechanic.

Posted on Apr 09, 2009

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SOURCE: bike wont shift in to gear from neutral

is your neutral safety switch connecting all the way?

Posted on Jun 04, 2009

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SOURCE: My bike is clutched

shift fork in trans is not engaging need to let someone open trans and sovle the issue those trans are not hard to fix but if you dont know how the shift fork needs to be to fuction seek pro help

Posted on Jun 09, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a 2001 suzuki gsxr 600 shifting problems

One of two things is happening. One is the cost of a double oil change and filter. The other requires your banks loan officer.

Change gearbox oil and install a new oil filter. Dirt and grit in the oil is binding the gears and shift drum. Ride the bike for a couple of hours. Now drain the oil again and put in fresh oil. This will flush out the dirt and grit. Use 10w40 motor oil. Stick with the major brands; Pennzoil, Quaker State, Mobil or Shell. If dirty oil is not the problem at least we eliminated the possibility for only the cost of a few quarts of oil.

Now let's talk about that loan officer. The shop is going to charge around $1000 plus to replace a bent shift fork. This is not a repair for the untrained. Sorry.

Posted on Jul 07, 2009

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