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Old 10-25-2014, 09:24 AM   #1
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Anyone use a Factory Pro shift star?

My KTM690SMC shifts like ....Ive adjusted the lever a few times and try not to " foot" the shifter. They are notorious for false neutrals between 5-6 gear which is a huge problem at the track. Ive also found a false neutral downshifting from 4-3rd gear. Its not the oil as I am using thier recommended Motorex 10w-60. I wish it was like my XR650R gear box!! That shifts so smooth and easy

Anyone have any experience with the Factory Pro shift star kits? Is it worth it? This thread is a little late as I just ordered one last night.....any inputs? Website says its a huge improvement........
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I've had mixed experiences with them.
The ones I've used on early GSXR's worked pretty well.
However the ones I used on later model GSXR's and SV's were junk.
I have a bag of 5 of them behind my desk that were installed and then removed because they CAUSED shifting problems.
Here's the kicker; when I called Factory Pro and asked them about it they basically told us to go pound sand.
I still use some of their other products, but the shift star is not one of them.
Hope you have better luck.
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Old 10-25-2014, 09:47 AM   #3
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I've had mixed experiences with them.
The ones I've used on early GSXR's worked pretty well.
However the ones I used on later model GSXR's and SV's were junk.
I have a bag of 5 of them behind my desk that were installed and then removed because they CAUSED shifting problems.
Here's the kicker; when I called Factory Pro and asked them about it they basically told us to go pound sand.
I still use some of their other products, but the shift star is not one of them.
Hope you have better luck.

I hope I do have better luck!! This is the only flaw I have found on this bike!! Its almost like it was sent down from heaven
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:37 AM   #4
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:00 AM   #5
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I've got the FP shifter kit in my Kawasaki ZRX but mine is only a two piece kit consisting of a stiffer return spring and a roller bearing engagement arm. It does not include the shift drum "star".

when i installed mine, I was having the same issues as you and it didn't do anything to help. What did help was lubricating, adjusting and reshaping the shifter, so that it stuck out farther and was more accessible to my foot.
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well I finally installed this ....Ill ride it tomorrow and report back to see if it fixed my shifting issues....
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You install star and spring?
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You install star and spring?
Just the arm and spring...it didnt include the shift star.

After removing the old oem one I can clearly see a why the shifter felt sloppy. The old arm had a wheel just riveted on and it was wobbly as . And the old spring doesnt have as much tension as the new one. Hopefully it helps...I thought I was going to have to remove tye clutch basket but I didnt. I even ordered the clutch basket too just for this job LOL
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Just the arm and spring...it didnt include the shift star.

After removing the old oem one I can clearly see a why the shifter felt sloppy. The old arm had a wheel just riveted on and it was wobbly as . And the old spring doesnt have as much tension as the new one. Hopefully it helps...I thought I was going to have to remove tye clutch basket but I didnt. I even ordered the clutch basket too just for this job LOL
Ah okay, hopefully it makes a good improvement.

My 05 ZX-6R came stock with the steel ball bearing roller arm so my factory pro kit I just installed came with the stiffer spring and EVO star.

What does your clutch basket tool look like? I was actually thinking about buying one for the ZX-6R and other future clutch work.
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Ah okay, hopefully it makes a good improvement.

My 05 ZX-6R came stock with the steel ball bearing roller arm so my factory pro kit I just installed came with the stiffer spring and EVO star.

What does your clutch basket tool look like? I was actually thinking about buying one for the ZX-6R and other future clutch work.
Its the standard vise grip looking one...it will fit ur bike. Come get it whenever u need it.
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Thanks man, I will have to take you up on that. They don't seem to sell the factory tool that's listed in my service manual but I'm thinking it's pretty much the same thing as the one I was checking out on eBay for $43... How much was yours?
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Yep that one...$22.89 on amazon
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Cool, if yours works out with my clutch I'll end up buying one
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Anyone use a Factory Pro shift star?

I have the same one. CG special. Paid for itself for the second rebuild.
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He is the first flaw. His pansy shifting is the second.
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I have the same one. CG special. Paid for itself for the second rebuild.

How much was it?
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How much was it?
I think I bought it for $20. They were having a sale on tools at the time.

I'd have to look up the ZX shift drum and shifter cam/star and compare the design with the 250/300 bikes. I might have a hunch on what could alleviate the issue if it's a design/running issue (with rider, and crappy shifting not factor).
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