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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-01-2010, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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2003 450es Shifting Problems

I have a 2003 450ES and I am experiencing a shifting issue. Here is my problem...

From a dead stop position, I can shift perfectly up from 1-5 gear while riding. However, while riding, I can't down shift at all. It started out being that I had to completely stop in order to get it to downshift and now it is difficult to get it to downshift at all.

I checked the battery and it checked out at 12.3V, the battery cables are in good shaped and have good contact with the battery. I have not received a blinking gear number to indicate a fault. As mentioned above, it is only to downshift, the upshift works great?

Please help.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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I unplugged everything electronically, cleaned them up good, tested everthing from angle sensor to you name it, put them back together and low and behold. Problem solved. No replacements parts just a good cleaning. My son has rode on it all day today and is on his second tank of gas and no problems. I wish they were all this easy!!! Now I need to look at my transmission problem on the Rincon 650...
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 03:55 PM
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Good to hear you have it solved. Do you have a thread on the Rincon?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-25-2010, 06:20 PM
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if you go to docsatvservice(dot)com and order his bolt on hand or foot shifter for the ES models. you can ride alot more than waiting on getting a part for the ES or spending alot of mone trying to fix the ES . his number is 601-659-9931
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