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Question on 450 foreman electronic shift?


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Ive got an 03 Foreman 450 electronic shift quad. Im thinking aboout adding the manual shifter to it but have a few questions.

First off can it even be done?

If I install it can it be used instead of the button all the time or am i better to just use it for emergency's. Will it shift smoother than it does now. Thats the reason Id like to try it, mine seams to shift real hard in the higher speed range.

Also if installed what happens with reverse? Do you still need to push the button with brake lever to get into reverse?

I really just like having a manual shift vs the electric, it just feels better to me for some reason.


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Although I've not done it before as I understand it, it can be done. It involves removing the shift motor in order to access the gears behind it and then removing them, and installing the correct shift shaft where the shift lever mounts. The job may be more involved than you want to get, and you cant use both, it would have to be one or the other.

If you are getting harsh shifts, the first thing I'd suggest is making sure the clutch adjustment is correct before committing to buying the necessary parts to convert it if you still want to do it.

if installed what happens with reverse? Do you still need to push the button with brake lever to get into reverse?
Yes, reverse would still need to have the red reverse lockout pushed to get it to shift into reverse.
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Thanks Macgyver,, I did a little research after I posted it And Im pretty sure the clutch adjustment will fix my shifting issues. Gonna do it this weekend and see if it helps.

again thanks

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Hey mabr, can you share where you found that adjustment info? Mine is pretty good, but I did notice it a bit hard when going faster. Deal is, I rarely go fast wink but should try to make it run the way it should. Thanks.

Or MacGyver if you could explain the adjustment that would be great. Thanks guys.

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Here is a diagram of the adjuster. Its located on the front cover of the motor (facing forward) Access it from the left side behind the left fender flap. If its never been done before its sometimes tough to get loose the first time. Probably not a bad idea to spray it with some penetrating oil before you start. Make sure to use a good wrench so you dont round off the lock nut.


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