Originally posted by: TomM
There may be some confusion about what the "shifter" is. Cant speak for anyone else but when I said shifter I was talking about the external lever and linkage that atached to the splined shaft coming out of the motor. I think you are thinking of the shift fork which is inside the motor. If it goes into all gears I do not beleive you need a shift fork just the external lever I mentioned above. It is easy to replace.
The slipping (seeming like it comes out of gear) is likely the clutch and not related to the shifter problem. 2 different problems. The linkage has likely been getting loose for a long time and you just didnt notice it until it seemed like it was coming out of gear which is caused by the clutch slipping which is caused by the clutch plates wearing out. Not related in any way to the shifter being loose. Replacing the clutch plates will require minor mechanical ability.
Great POST!!! You explained it to a "T".
and this is the area that Williebee is talking about, my shift linkage fell off completely during a 35 mile poker run. Luckily, I had a short piece of wire to hold it in place for the rest of the ride. This was my fix for it though: