Alloy Art Shift Linkage

Shifty Business

  1. As you can see, the Alloy Art MC linkage is well made and comes with all the needed hardware.

  1. The stock linkage’s rear ball and socket had a blowout, so they needed to be removed.

  1. The rear of the linkage was removed from the transmission arm using a 7/16-inch wrench.

  1. The front of the stock linkage was removed with a 1/2-inch socket and open-end wrench.

  1. As you can see, the Alloy Art linkage is far superior to the OEM in design and hardware.

  1. The rear of the new Alloy Art Linkage was affixed to the tranny arm with a stainless 5/16-inch 12-point bolt.

  1. Once the desired length of the new adjustable linkage was decided, we installed it to the shifter arm with another stainless 5/16-inch 12-point bolt.

  1. Once the Alloy Art linkage was on the bike, we tightened up the jam nuts where the stainless rod ends met the aluminum shaft.

  1. Since we made the linkage a bit shorter than the stock one, we had to remove the shifter arm from the bike and adjust it upward a few splines.

  1. Once we were happy with the new location of the shifter arm, we tightened up the 1/2-inch bolts and we were done. No more broken shifter linkage!

Through no fault of their own, riders often find some of their bike’s OEM parts tend to start having issues after a bit of time in the saddle racking up miles. After many trusty miles on our 2005 Dyna FXDX the stock shifter linkage broke. This is a rather common occurrence on these older Dynas (and FXRs) that have been ridden hard, so we suggest swapping linkages out before you get stranded on the side of the road.

After weighing some options as to using another OE linkage or upgrading to one of the aftermarket offerings, we went with Alloy Art’s beefy black billet “MC” Mid Control adjustable linkage. This $99 wonder is made in the USA from 6061-T6 aluminum and comes with stainless-steel spherical rod ends and 12-point hardware. With its simple installation and overkill design we had our bike up and banging through the gears in no time. Here’s how we did it.


Alloy Art Mfg.