KTM Transmission Rebuild

CarlinoJoeVideo
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4/28/2018 7:48pm Edited Date/Time 3/19/2021 9:22pm
Hey guys, finally got my parts back and started putting the engine together. I’m stumped at this tranny instal with the shift forks and drum:
-I’ve double checked the correct orientation of the forks
-Checked the tranny shafts are put together correct

The problem I’m having is when it’s all together with the cases it shifts 2-3 times then jams up. I’ve tried so many configurations, but do you think it’s just cause the engine isn’t running?

I’m mostly confused on where the shift fork pins go into the shift drum, I’ve also tried starting with the shift star in neutral
Anyone who’s been in the bottom end have some advice?
It’s all layed our pretty simple just can’t figure out if I’m missing a step?
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4/28/2018 9:21pm Edited Date/Time 4/28/2018 9:22pm
I just did a ktm 250f, replaced 2nd and 3rd gear, but I had the same thing, it would jam up like after 2 shifts and I had the 2 shift forks in wrong spot. Top had to go on the bottom basically the 2 forks were hitting each other not allowing movement. Even after that it was a bear to shift really had to play with it alot. I did get it to go through all of the gears once then I put it together. If it's jamming up u may have top and bottom fork swapped
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Any photo you have of orientation? I took a photo when disassembled, and looks correct via the parts finch.
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No I don't have a pic. Have u tried leaving one case half off and try going through the gears watching it to see if anything is binding? Sometimes lubing the shafts will help
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Any photo you have of orientation? I took a photo when disassembled, and looks correct via the parts finch. [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2018/04/28/258247/s1200_4EB453F8_B330_47E5_A2F6_A600590392ED.jpg[/img]
Any photo you have of orientation? I took a photo when disassembled, and looks correct via the parts finch.
Look in your service manual. It should tell you what goes where.

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The service manual is actually super vague in this section. That’s why I feel like it should be simple.

I’ve put everything in with the half open and get same results. Was there any indication on where direction the shift drum is or doesn’t matter?

I’m just wondering if it’s not shifting because the engine isn’t running and I’m over thinking it.

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The service manual is actually super vague in this section. That’s why I feel like it should be simple. I’ve put everything in with the half...
The service manual is actually super vague in this section. That’s why I feel like it should be simple.

I’ve put everything in with the half open and get same results. Was there any indication on where direction the shift drum is or doesn’t matter?

I’m just wondering if it’s not shifting because the engine isn’t running and I’m over thinking it.

I don't think it matters where the shift drum is but I think I usually try to start it at neutral also, have u installed the shifter shaft and shifter also when trying it?
4/29/2018 4:39pm
appears to be an KTM 85sx, put on the front sprocket and turn it as you shift with the shifter. It may help, been there before- J
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4/29/2018 4:42pm
also some trannys dont like to shift when both shafts arent held nice and straight, so leave the crank out and put the other case on and you can then see if it works
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4/29/2018 4:47pm
had this problem with a suzuki and the drum was actually upside down Pinch so in some cases i do believe the drum needs to be oriented correctly. other than that my only advice is moly lube the forks and be certain you have the left center and right forks in the correct spots
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4/29/2018 6:01pm Edited Date/Time 4/29/2018 6:02pm
One thing i do to help with tranny assembly. Is i take different color paint pens and mark each fork tang top and bottom and shift drum in the same spot. So i know exactly which fork was 1st 2nd last and can tell exactly were it was on the shift drum. An as someone already said dry fit without the crank and put the sprocket on for a little better leverage. Had to do that all the time with the original kxf/rmz 250s.
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hold one shaft while you rock the other, and try to shift thru the gears.
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4/30/2018 12:26pm
My guess is you aren't lining up the star correctly, assuming that the tranny is in correctly. And it should shift through all the gears on the bench regardless of how fresh everything is
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4/30/2018 12:28pm
Thanks for the ideas, I’ll give them a shot again. I’ve been dry fitting with no crank as well.

I have some good photos before I disassembled, I’m really leaning on the side of it not working because the engine isn’t spinning.

4/30/2018 6:30pm
Never had an engine shift cleanly through the gears on the bench. With some manipulation, spinning the countershaft while trying to shift ,it can be done, but not a smooth operation like it is when installed in the bike, running.
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5/1/2018 4:07pm
which shaft did you rebuild? Did the shift drum come out?
Full rebuild, everything came out and tranny got polished. I’ll double check everything tomorrow, gears in order and facing the right direction. I feel like I’ve already double and triple checked, but why not another ya know.
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When I built my son's KTM 85 I had a binding issue. For me, I had the top gear (the biggest one) up side down. It would shift once or twice, then lock.
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5/3/2018 10:31pm Edited Date/Time 5/3/2018 10:35pm
Looks pretty close to the 65s. The drum is deceiving. Try starting the pins on the shift forks on the opposite side of the drum. If i remember correctly i was putting the pins in how i thought they went and i was only getting a few gears but once it was in correct it was smooth.
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dirtmike86 wrote:
Looks pretty close to the 65s. The drum is deceiving. Try starting the pins on the shift forks on the opposite side of the drum. If...
Looks pretty close to the 65s. The drum is deceiving. Try starting the pins on the shift forks on the opposite side of the drum. If i remember correctly i was putting the pins in how i thought they went and i was only getting a few gears but once it was in correct it was smooth.
Could you explain more? I’ve read it 5 times but not sure I understand. Thanks man!

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dirtmike86 wrote:
Looks pretty close to the 65s. The drum is deceiving. Try starting the pins on the shift forks on the opposite side of the drum. If...
Looks pretty close to the 65s. The drum is deceiving. Try starting the pins on the shift forks on the opposite side of the drum. If i remember correctly i was putting the pins in how i thought they went and i was only getting a few gears but once it was in correct it was smooth.
Could you explain more? I’ve read it 5 times but not sure I understand. Thanks man!
You can only start the shift fork pins from 2 points. Rotate the drum until the shift fork pins will drop into the other side.
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5/5/2018 1:12pm
Hey guys, so I pulled everything apart. Double checked the transmission was put together in order. Doubled checked the shift forks and all seems good now. I put the engine in vertical orientation and got everything to shift.

It really will only go together 1 way. I’m gonna button her up and finish the build. Thanks for all the suggestions!


I had to just step away and look at it with a clear head.
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5/6/2018 8:21pm
Bravo amigo! Props for having the patience, they can be tricky sometimes.
3/18/2021 5:00am Edited Date/Time 3/18/2021 8:32am
Is this a KTM 85 sx? Does the orientation of the shift drum matter? Did a bottom end and I cant get it to go through the gears. Cant always get it to go in first from neutral.
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Is this a KTM 85 sx? Does the orientation of the shift drum matter? Did a bottom end and I cant get it to go through...
Is this a KTM 85 sx? Does the orientation of the shift drum matter? Did a bottom end and I cant get it to go through the gears. Cant always get it to go in first from neutral.
This was 125. Everything has an orientation. I downloaded the service manual and it was very helpful
3/20/2021 9:20am
I find videos that show the shifting drum installed but doesn't specify the orientation for assembly. I know the position of the shifting forks but cant find where to rotate the shifting drum for assembly. Some sites say it is not important as long as the forks are installed in the right slots. Thanks.

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