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openroad

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2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« on: October 10, 2010, 10:46:10 AM »
My wife has a 04 rebel 250, she has had the bike about 4 weeks and just started experiencing shifting problems. 1st through 4th gears no problem up or downshifting, but once in 5th it will only allow you to downshift to 4th. If you try to go from 5th to 4th to 3rd you can't, the shifter pedal will move but will not change gears (from 4th to 3rd). If you let the clutch out while in 4th (then re-engage clutch) you can then continue to downshift to first. Also, if you up-shift from 4th to 5th and then downshift again, you can continue to downshift to 1st. I checked the gear shifter adjustment, it looks good, I also changed the oil and it did not make a difference with the shifting issue (but did seem to shift smoother). Does anyone have any ideas on what to check next?  {1}

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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2010, 09:21:25 PM »
Nobody has any ideas  {1}

I should have had my wife post this question, she is sugarsweet on here, she gets more responses than me  ^-^

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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2010, 09:28:36 PM »
Could be a safety feature to prevent dropping 2 many gears on down shift to prevent rear wheel lock?  ^-^

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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2010, 09:32:33 PM »
The only response I have is  ^-^ sorry.
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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2010, 09:34:44 PM »
My response is ...call the honda shop and ask the question.


I have had Honda's ... they have never done that...course I never had a Rebel.

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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2010, 10:11:44 PM »
  I just bought a Honda Shadow and every once and a while its giving me a hard time shifting down to first from fifth when coming to a stop.    Letting the clutch out a little seems to get the gears moving..  I don't think its normal and it has embarrassed me twice already.  :)

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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2010, 03:34:39 AM »
First let me say I have no idea other than what I've read on other forums about some people having trouble with shifting after changing oil to something other than Honda 4 cycle oil,  ^-^

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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2010, 06:02:48 AM »
i don't know anything about a rebel, but i did make a call to a friend that has alot of experience with them, was waiting on him to call me back before i made a reply.
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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2010, 08:37:17 AM »
my guess is clutch adjustment.........

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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2010, 11:14:40 AM »
oil, too much of it ?

clutch, needs a little tweaking ?

worn/damaged shift dogs ?

listed em from easierest/simpleist to pita. since you said it shifted smoother after an oil change, i'd bet on one and two. how's it shift into/out of 1st and neutral while stopped ?

i know if your bike has a wet clutch and shares engine/tranny oil overfilling will cause really difficult shifting. also, maybe the clutch cable is about to break ? all kinds of weird things happen when the cable starts to fray.

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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2010, 04:54:56 PM »
your third gear dog gear is  rounded off
a dog gear is basically a synchronizer, each gear has one between gears, the mesh of the dogs and the forwards gears is very precise
sounds like its been downshifted under rpm without the clutch before

oil will effect clutch slipping but not shifting, clutch adjustment would affect all gears so thats out

as far as a online diagnosis thats what i got, its a pain, pull the motor
split the case and dissasemble, the trans and replace dogs and forward gears below and above the damaged gear to avoid doing it again in6 months
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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2010, 04:56:44 PM »
o yeah forgot, bent shifter for will do the same thing but should affect other gears as 3rd is on the same shaft as another gear so , that leads me to believe its the dog gears.

if you do replace the gears go ahead and replace the forks also

Offline jtvs800

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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2010, 05:42:58 PM »
did you try adjusting the clutch cable? just my .02 cents...  {1} may go with what primitive said,adjusting the cable would just be an easy cheap/tinkering fix. :-* i had a 99 model rebel i bought and gave to the wife,but never had any trouble outta it... if you need parts,they would be used,but i got a friend that has or had 2 of em,dont know for sure what year models tho.pm if u need 2.
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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2010, 10:05:09 PM »
Nobody has any ideas  {1}

I should have had my wife post this question, she is sugarsweet on here, she gets more responses than me  ^-^
Very funny ha ha ;)

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Re: 2004 Honda Rebel 250 shifting problems
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2010, 05:47:12 PM »
I will try adjustable the clutch cable...as for pulling the motor, splitting things and tearing apart, I don't think I will tackle that! I will just let her release the clutch after fouth ever time downshifting. Or I will  113 the rebel  109 and get her something different...maybe sportster!