Possibly a bent shift rod? help
Ok so I have a 2003 Vstar 1100 Custom. Hasn't ran in over a year and a half when I bought it. (said the guy) I've done a ton of work to it since I've got it. Cleaned and re-sealed the gas tank, carbs, ect. When I got the bike the alternator cover was off as well as the starter clutch. I cleaned and re-assembled everything and diffused the-which bolt goes to which hole bomb-and put the cover back on. The problem is, when I put the alternator cover back on, the pedal shifter doesn't spring back. For example when I shift down it stays down, and when I upshift it stays up. So I took the cover back off and hooked everything back up and it shifts fine and returns to center as it should. Any ideas on what this might be? I've already removed the shift shaft and inspected it, if it is in fact bent I cant tell. When I put the cover on I can put all the bolts in finger tight and it stills shifts and returns. When I start tightening them is starts acting up again. Any ideas or help is appreciated fellas. My thoughts are its a bent shiftrod, but like I said if it is its very small, also there isn't any sign of scraping or roadrash anywhere on the bike or anywhere on the left side that would indicate he dropped it and bent it. I feel like it's a very simple fix and its driving me nuts ha.