This article is a beginner’s guide on how to remove Dirt bike gear shift lever.

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Sometimes you break things while dirt biking, like your gear shift lever. This is no problem at all as it’s really easy to fix and not too much of a hassle to remove or install a gear shift lever. Below are some tips and tricks that will help things go a little smoother when changing or removing your gear shift lever/pedal.

If you would rather watch a how-to-remove dirt bike gear shift lever see the below video!

Tusk Folding Shift Lever

If you are looking to upgrade your Dirt Bike riding, changing the OEM gear shift is one of the important things you need to do.

Made from forged T-6061 aluminum, a material renowned for its strength-to-weight ratio, the lever benefits significantly from heat treatment. This process enhances its robustness, ensuring it withstands the rigors of aggressive riding and the demands of challenging terrains, positioning it as one of the most formidable shift levers available today.

What sets this lever apart is not just its strength but also its lightweight design, a critical feature that ensures it does not add unnecessary weight to the bike, allowing for seamless control and agility. The polished surface of the lever is anodized, a treatment that not only contributes to its stunning aesthetic but also imparts a long-lasting finish resistant to wear, corrosion, and fading. This enduring beauty ensures that the lever remains as visually appealing as it is functional, even after extensive use.


MaterialForged T-6061 aluminum
TreatmentHeat treated
Strength & Weight
Among the strongest and lightest levers available
FinishPolished and anodized
Long-lasting, beautiful finish
Designed to match OEM specifications

Step 1

  • Before removing the gear shift lever, you want to ensure you have the correct height position.
  • Some OEM gear levers will have a mark on the shift lever and the actual gear that you can line everything up to make sure it’s in the correct position.
  • I also mark the gap with a sharpie and use a wrench to see what proper angle.


GEAR SHIFT LEVER bolt has to be COMPLETELY REMOVED before the shifter will come off!

Step 2

  • Now, we need to remove the bolt. The Yamaha’s OEM gear shift pedal or lever is a 10MM bolt, you will be working in tight spaces so using a wrench is the right tool for the job.
  • If you have a ratcheting wrench, it will allow you to loosen the bolt faster.
  • Keep in mind you cannot remove the gear shifting pedal until you completely remove the bolt.
Loosen the bolt- How to remove Dirt Bike gear shift lever

Mark the correct height position!

Step 3

  • Now that we have the OEM gear shift pedal removed, it’s time to put on the aftermarket Tusk gear shift pedal.
  • Because I marked the location of the gap with a sharpie, it will allow me to find the correct height position of the shift pedal.
  • As you see the first time I install the aftermarket gear shift pedal it looks a little low.
  • I then use the wrench method to double-check.Yep, it’s too low. Make sure that the sharpie mark is in the correct position.

Don’t Drop the Gear Shift Bolt!

Step 4

  • When installing the bolt, I put the bolt head in the wrench to hold it while I guide the end into the hole.
  • This helps me keep a hold of the bolt, so I don’t drop it down onto the skid plate.
  • Tighten with your fingers before using the wrench. Do not over-tighten. 

Alright, this is how you remove and install a dirt bike gear shift lever or pedal. 

Install the Pedal

LAST STEP! Get out and RIDE

I hope with this article you will know how to remove dirt bike gear shift lever.


Concluding our guide on replacing a dirt bike’s gear shift pedal, it’s clear that precision and careful attention to detail are crucial for this task. Starting with the essential step of marking the original pedal’s height ensures that the new pedal aligns perfectly, maintaining the bike’s functionality and comfort.

Using the right tools, like a 10-millimeter wrench, is vital for the delicate process of removing and reinstalling the bolt, preventing any mishaps or damage.

The installation phase is streamlined by pre-marking the position, aiding in quick and accurate setup, especially important when fitting aftermarket parts like the Tusk gear shift pedal. Proper bolt reinstallation is key; a methodical approach prevents dropping it in the skid plate and ensures it’s tightened just right – secure, but not overdone to avoid thread damage.

This walkthrough isn’t just about mechanical steps; it’s about empowering you to maintain your bike’s peak condition, enhancing your riding experience.

It highlights the importance of a methodical approach, ensuring your gear shift pedal is installed correctly for optimum performance.

FAQ About How to remove Dirt Bike Gear Shift Lever

  • Why is my shifter stuck on my dirt bike?

    Your dirt bike's shifter might be stuck due to dirt or mud buildup, lack of lubrication, internal gearbox issues, or a bent shifter lever. Regular maintenance and inspections can help prevent this issue.

  • Can you remove a shifter from a bike?

    Yes, you can remove a shifter from a bike. This process typically involves loosening a bolt or screw that secures the shifter to the bike's frame or handlebars, depending on the type of bike and the shifter design.

  • How do you adjust the shift lever on a dirt bike?

    To adjust the shift lever on a dirt bike, loosen the bolt that secures the lever to the transmission shaft, reposition the lever to the desired height, and then retighten the bolt. Ensure it's aligned correctly for comfortable and efficient shifting.

  • Can you put any shifter on any bike?

    Not all shifters are compatible with every bike. The compatibility depends on the bike’s make, model, and transmission type. It’s important to ensure the shifter matches the bike's specifications and the rider's needs for optimal performance.