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Hey, I just upgraded my 06 to an 08 and everything is great except for my foot lever jamming from 2nd to 3rd gear. I have to give it a few jiggles before it will go into 3rd. Any suggestions?!

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Check your shift shaft coming out of the top of the motor for in and out play. If it's more than nothing to barely 1/8" your shift rod keeper is broken and needs replacement. If it does move in and out, pull it out as far as you can and try to shift it through the gears, it'll probably work fine.

Otherwise check your linkage for binding.

If it's the keeper it's a $2 part but you have to remove the clutch cover and clutch basket to replace it; it's not hard but you need tools and time to do it. Search in here for more info or PM me.

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I think this can also happen if your clutch is not well adjusted. Mine had issues shifting in the low gears at low speeds because the clutch wasn't disengaging enough. I put the rear on stands, adjusted it slightly and the problem went away.
 

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^^ But would that not give him a false neutral not jamming?
Not necessarily. When mine acted up it initially failed to go up in the second to third shift where the lever would kind of move but not enough to engage the next gear all the time. I rode 60 miles or so double shifting until it got to the point all the upper gears wouldn't go and I would have a "7th" gear where I could move the lever a little more in sixth and first. That was my main clue something wasn't right and I went on with a 250 mile day pulling the rod out every 10 minutes or so until I was able to search the condition out.

I think this can also happen if your clutch is not well adjusted. Mine had issues shifting in the low gears at low speeds because the clutch wasn't disengaging enough. I put the rear on stands, adjusted it slightly and the problem went away.
This is another good thought, but it usually affects all shifting, same thing with Wibbly's thought of a seized him joint; while it's possible (I suggested checking the linkage as well) it would affect all gears and usually the longest throw shift of first to second. But who knows? :)

Good luck, OP.

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Hey thanks everyone... here's my problem. I can do very minor repairs because honestly...I know very little about this stuff. Think I should give this a try our just settle with paying a shop to do it for me? If I did do that what do you think it would set me back?
 
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