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    Default 65hp Evinrude shift issue

    Hi everyone, I have a 65hp Evinrude triumph 1973 that ive recently bought with a few faults which I working my way through, i'm having an issue with selecting gear, if I make adjustments to the shift cable and throttle lever I can get it into forward or reverse from the controls but not both, I can also engage forward and reverse manually with the cable disconnected ( needs slightly more force for reverse) so far I've replaced the shift cable, set the shift rod to 21-11/32" as recommend and changed the gear oil. It's like the travel on the cable is just that little bit short to engage the gear. Could a worn dog clutch possibly be the cause of this or is there anything more obvious I could check before contacting a professional ? I did notice a few filings on the magnet of the oil drain screw when changing the oil and the original oil did not look great either. I also noticed the bell crank hub where the shift cable connects to is not original and was altered at some stage but I've checked the measurement against a picture of an original one and they seem very similar. Any info or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: 65hp Evinrude shift issue

    Any pictures of the altered shift linkages ??

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    Hi the red is the one that's fitted at the moment.
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    Default Re: 65hp Evinrude shift issue

    The original 73 lower unit shifted to forward with a DOWN motion of the shift rod.----So how does the lower unit on there now shift to forward ?----I would not hesitate here to pull the lower unit apart for inspection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerone View Post
    The original 73 lower unit shifted to forward with a DOWN motion of the shift rod.----So how does the lower unit on there now shift to forward ?----I would not hesitate here to pull the lower unit apart for inspection.
    At the moment forward on the control lifts the shift rod but I'll check tomorrow and verify the rotation of the prop when forward is selected.

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    Default Re: 65hp Evinrude shift issue

    It is shifting opposite to what the 1973 models did.----So it has a NEWER lower unit installed today.-----Need to revisit modifications made to linkages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerone View Post
    It is shifting opposite to what the 1973 models did.----So it has a NEWER lower unit installed today.-----Need to revisit modifications made to linkages.
    I'll look into that a bit more, thanks for the advice 👍

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    Default Re: 65hp Evinrude shift issue

    Look into shift linkages as used on 1977 - to 2000 models.

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    Default Re: 65hp Evinrude shift issue

    Quote Originally Posted by racerone View Post
    Look into shift linkages as used on 1977 - to 2000 models.
    Just an update, I extended the bell crank to 8.5" same angle and it's catching good and tight now so looks all good,
    Thanks Racerone and we'll spotted 👍 Cheers.

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