How to Remove the Harley Davidson Gear Shifter

by Tyson Simmons

Motorcycle gear shifters, after time and extended usage, can wear out and become hard to use. A rider can also simply dislike a stock shifter and wish to replace it with an aftermarket shifter. The process of changing out shifters on Harley Davidson motorcycles requires only a few basic tools and several minutes of time.

Park your Harley in a flat, accessible area. Be sure that the motorcycle is very stable on its kickstand.

Remove the mounting bolt on top of the shifter shaft using a 12mm socket wrench. This bolt may be tight, so be ready to use some force, if needed.

Slide the shifter off the shaft. If the lever doesn't want to slide, try twisting it back and forth as you slide it off the shaft.

Slide the replacement shifter onto the shaft at the angle desired. The toothed shaft will match with the full radius of the mounting hole on the shifter.

Replace the mounting bolt on the top of the shifter assembly. Tighten down the bolt to prevent possible slipping.


  • check It may be helpful to have another person assist you by holding the bike up as you work on the shifter.


  • close Always stay aware of pinch points when working around motorcycle parts.

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About the Author

Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.

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