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I can not get my Talon to shift into low gear. It is as if the gear selector does not go far enough. I have tried to adjust the cable but that has not helped [in some cases, it even made it harder to get into high or reverse]. I have not experienced any of the issues others have [the popping out of gear, the big "POP", or grinding]. Is my sub-trans shot or is it something else? Any legit help is appreciated, please do not use the thread to bash Honda or dealerships, etc. It gets us no where. Thanks
 

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I can not get my Talon to shift into low gear. It is as if the gear selector does not go far enough. I have tried to adjust the cable but that has not helped [in some cases, it even made it harder to get into high or reverse]. I have not experienced any of the issues others have [the popping out of gear, the big "POP", or grinding]. Is my sub-trans shot or is it something else? Any legit help is appreciated, please do not use the thread to bash Honda or dealerships, etc. It gets us no where. Thanks
You say it won't go into Low. Ever? Mine was occasional. I think your second sentence is the answer. To get the shifter to go a little further, I cut the right rear corner of the shifter guide to be square, no angle as it comes from Honda. For a bit more shifter travel, I cut a partial 1/2" circle (less than half diameter) in the back edge of the guide at the right side. Together, these let the shifter push the cable a little further and engage Low. It springs back forward into the detent when released, but this doesn't actually move the cable.
 

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I have read in a number of places, mostly associated with the racing community, where team mechanics have sent the stock honda gears from the subtranny to a high precision measurement shop. The results are always the same... the gear sets aren't always machined to the level of precision they need to be. Angles are off by up to a half degree which is a fatal flaw when it comes to gear mesh issues! Several teams I have talked to have resorted to having new gear sets machined by shops that can hold the requisite levels of precision!
 
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