Bending back a shift fork ?

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Bending back a shift fork ?

Postby BJ Moretz » Wed May 22, 2013 10:35 am

Hi Guys
My M will pop out of 5th unless it is in a pull or going down hill. 5th gear does look like it is fully engaging. (I have the hole open as I am preparing to install a pulley drive) A longtime tractor owner and mechanic told me over the years of folks shifting from 4th to 5th will bend the forks. He has heated the fork (not much heat) just below where it is welded to the shift linkage and bent it forward slightly and this solves the problem. Does anyone have experience doing this ? I am set on trying it... I think.

Thanks !
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Re: Bending back a shift fork ?

Postby Matt Kirsch » Wed May 22, 2013 12:37 pm

Dad bent the 4-5 shifter fork on the 560 many many many years ago. I was at that awkward age where farm work was the last thing on my mind, so I didn't witness the fix. Maybe I was just in school that day...

AFAIK, all he did was bend it. What I do know is that after he fixed it, I could run the tractor down the road without holding the lever in 5th.
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Re: Bending back a shift fork ?

Postby BJ Moretz » Wed May 22, 2013 1:01 pm

Thanks for the feed back Matt. That helps.
Have a good one,
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Re: Bending back a shift fork ?

Postby BJ Moretz » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:58 am

Finally got time to try heating the fork and bending it. It worked great ! I have made a 20 mile tractor ride and it never popped out of 5 th. One tip tho. Never crank the tractor with the pulley drive off the tranny. Oil goes everywhere ! I will not forget that anytime soon !
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