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1995 Big Bear 350 Mystery Piece


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Hey all, Ive been having a problem with shifting my quad and its driving me nuts. Ive rebuilt the quad pretty much in every aspect except the engine and tranny but Its hard to find gears and sometimes falls out of gears and rattles. Reverse is fine and once its in a gear properly it stays in. Clutch doesnt seem to be slipping.

I drained the oil and took the side cover off the engine where the shifting apparatus is and while everything looked fine to me there was a small piece of metal sitting in the bottom of the case. It looks like an elongated cube a little less than a cm long and half that wide, maybe a little bigger. None of the surfaces on the piece are broken, as in it seems to be a standalone piece and not a chunk off of something else. It kinda seems like a key out of a shaft or something like that but i couldnt see where it came from in real life or in the shop manual...any ideas if this has anything to do with my shifting problem, where it could be from or anything?

After all the hours ive put into this project, any and all help would be wildly appreciated!


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Turns out it was a key for the little barrel with pins sticking out of it that the shifter grabs and rotates. I know that's a terrible description. .. either way it shifts like new now. There's a round plate with a star head screw in it that covers the slot for the key. Over 20 years i guess it loosened and the key fell out, allowing the shifter barrel thing to spin around.

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