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4-Speed Complete Transmission

Favored by those inspired by the old school cool, garage builders and riders of the nostalgic persuasion this transmission offers the worry-free convenience and reliability of a new BAKER Drivetrain product.

The introduction of the Knucklehead and the 4-speed in 1936 marked an epoch in the history of American motorcycles. Many consider the period of 1936-84 the holy grail of Harley fuckin Davidson. To carry on that legacy we developed the BAKER 4-speed, available with ratchet top or jockey top lids. The external architecture of our cast (A356-T6) 4-speed transmission case was modeled after factory cases to capture all the details and character of the original design. But we made many functional upgrades to address shortcomings of the original design like leaks, serviceability, and durability. The loose rollers on the maindrive gear were replaced with a radial ball bearing. The bronze bushings on the gearset were replaced with caged needle bearings. We added a provision, hidden in the back of the case, for an electronic speedo but retained the traditional worm gear speedo provision on the front of the case. The stock Fred Flintstone shift detent was replaced with a snot-slick linear ball bearing detent for that smooth ‘snick-pop’ shift quality you expect from us.

  • Vintage sand cast (A356-T6) design that holds true to the original 1936 through mid 1980’s.
  • Hidden transmission vent designed into the Ratchet and Jockey Top covers
  • Billet steel machined and case hardened shift systems (FL, FX and N1)  that rotate on Permaglide bushings for a smooth, repeatable shift each time; see technical section
  • BAKER Klassic Gears come standard
  • Modern 4 speed gearset made out of 8620 gear steel
  • Gears ride on needle bearings, not bronze bushings
  • Vintage cast kicker cover with traditional 1 piece release rod and BAKER Heavy Duty throwout bearing
  • Direct bolt-in on most models; see technical section for instructions and 65-69 fitment (ear case)
  • 5 Year limited warranty
  • 1936 to 1984 Knucklehead, Panhead or Shovelhead
  • 1936 to 1964 tapered mainshaft
  • 1965 to 1969 tapered mainshaft
  • 1970 to E1984 tapered or splined mainshaft 

Shift System:

We manufacture three shift drums for the 4-speed; the FX & FL types with conventional shift patterns and the N1 style. The N1 drum takes the FX pattern and relocates neutral down below 1st for a N-1-2-3-4 pattern as an alternative to the standard 1-N-2-3-4 pattern. Great for foot clutch and performance applications.

Shift Lever Orientation:

The FL shift drum in a Jockey top cover is setup for a top pull (1936-46) or bottom pull (1947-65). The N1 shift drum in a Jockey top cover is setup for bottom pull only. The FL shift drum in a Ratchet top cover is bottom pull only. The FX and N1 shift drum in a Ratchet top cover is top pull only. For further information, please contact us through the website chat, email us at info@bakerdrivetrain.com, or call us Monday-Friday 8AM-7PM EST/EDT and Saturday 10AM-3PM EST/EDT at 517-339-3835.

Case Finish Options

You have 3 different options for case finish on the 4-Speed.

Raw Blasted Finish

Wrinkle Black Finish

 

Show Polished Finish

Shift Drum Options

We manufacture 3 shift drums for the 4-speed; the FX & FL types with conventional shift patterns and N1 style.

The N1 drum takes the FX pattern and relocates neutral down below 1st for a N-1-2-3-4 pattern as an alternative to the standard 1-N-2-3-4 pattern. Great for foot clutch and performance applications.

 

Mainshafts Available

Mainshaft lengths

We manufacture 4 different length mainshafts for the 4-Speed; the 1936-64, 1965-69 (1st year of electric start), 1970-E84 and a 1970-E84 splined mainshaft for a modern clutch setup. To see our mordern Splined Shovel Clutch Click Here. BAKER does not make the late 84 (diaphragm clutch) style tapered mainshaft.  All mainshafts are designed for caged needle bearings for 3rd gear, no more metal to metal like stock. 

Klassic Kicker Gears

Kicker Gears

All BAKER 4-Speeds come standard with our Klassic Kicker Gears. Made out of 1018 HR Steel, tumble finished to around a 20 micro and heat treated to 50-55 RC; these gears roll smooth as glass.

Kicker Cover Options

We manufacture and sell 6 different kicker covers making the 4-Speed completely customizable. Kicker covers come in different finishes ranging from the standard chrome cover to the raw replica cover.  To see the full line of kicker covers available Click Here.  Depending on the choice of cover and finish, charges might apply.

 

4-Speed Gears with Lead In Ramps

Gearset

4-speed gears and shafts are manufactured with 8620 steel. Vacuum carburized heat treat gives a case hardness of 58-62 Rockwell ‘C’. Gear tooth profiles are ground and finished with diamond tooling after heat treat to correct the tooth distortion that naturally occurs when you put a chunk of steel in a very hot furnace. Take off the shifter lid on our 4-speeds and turn the shafts; you will hear silence because the involute profiles are perfect. The designers of this transmission back in the '30s would be envious of the improvements we made to their design with modern manufacturing processes. We added lead-in helical ramps on the shift clutches to improve shift quality. All bronze bushings were replaced with modern low friction bearings.

Case Options & Provisions

The 4-Speed Transmission case was modeled after the factory 1936 and 1965 cases to capture all the details and character, but we made some modern improvements as well. Our 1936-64 case is a no ear case which utilizes the stock style speedo gear drive while our 1965-E84 is an ear case.  Both cases have the option to use the speedo gear drive location but we also molded an electronic speedometer mounting boss to follow the ear on our 1965-E84 case only. By tucking the electronic speedometer provision mount by the ear you can conceal any modern components keeping your bike looking stock.   The electronic speedometer would utilize a stock 1996-2006 speed sensor,  PN 74437-96.  Pending what type of electronic speedometer you use, an additional speedometer recalibration box might have to be purchased, BAKER PN 95E-56B.

 


Ear & No Ear Case Options

Gear & Electronic Sensor Locations

Recalibration Box 95E-56B

 

BAKER 1936-64 Case

Alignment Track

Like the stock 1936-64 4-Speed the BAKER 1936-64 cases have an alignment track on the bottom of the case (in between the studs), tongue-and-groove for the transmission plate to prevent lateral movement of the transmission. Any forward and aft adjustment are done through the adjuster boss location for the primary chain. This type of setup ensures a positive alignment when running belt drive applications, where you don’t have an inner primary to lock the motor to the transmission. 

Section View of Internal Vent

Top Covers

All 4-Speed top covers have a hidden vent system which allows the transmission to breathe. Machined into the internal walls of the billet top cover, the breathing system flows through the ratchet cavity and out through the shift cover. Jockey top covers are vented out through the bottom side of the cover just below the neutral switch. Click Here to see all top cover choices and information.

4-Speed Ratios
1st Gear 2.50
2nd Gear 1.70
3rd Gear 1.25
4th Gear 1.00

 

Speedometer Gear Drive Units

Speedo Gear Drive

All BAKER 4-Speed gearsets come with the gear drive ring installed.  Using the list below;  pending the year and model of your motorcycle you will have to use the following gear drive unit OEM part number or equivalent for your speedometer to function correctly.

Year Speedometer Drive Ratio OEM Drive Unit PN
1936-61 2:1 Ratio, 7 Tooth Drive Ring Gear 67130-36 (11 Tooth Drive Unit)
1962-67 1:1 Ratio, 4 Tooth Drive Ring Gear 67130-61 (13 Tooth Drive Unit)
1968-80 1:1 Ratio, 7 Tooth Drive Ring Gear 67130-69 (23 Tooth Drive Unit)

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1947-61 FL Models use a 2:1 Ratio Speedometer
1962-80 FL Models, 1971-72 FX Models and 1980-83 Models use a 1:1 Ratio Speedometer

BAKER 4-Speed part numbers and default speedometer gear drive configurations unless specified by customer that they are using the 1962-67 ratio as specified above.

PN Description Fitment
4-3664 4-speed, no ear case, 2:1 speedo drive 1936-64 FL & FX
4-6569 4-speed, 1:1 speedo drive 1965-69 FL & FX
4-7085 4-speed, 1:1 speedo drive 1970-E84 FL & FX
4-70E84 4-speed, 1:1 speedo, splined mainshaft 1970-E84 FL & FX, see note

Notes

  • Part number 4-7090 comes with a  splined mainshaft, you must convert to a splined diaphragm style clutch. BAKER offers the Shovel Clutch, for more information on the clutch click the image below.
  • Default shifter lid is Ratchet Top Style for all part numbers. To specify Jockey Top add “JT” suffix
  • 4-3664 comes standard with a ‘no ear’ case for tin primary compatibility.  All other base part numbers come standard with ‘ear’ cases. To specify ‘no ear’ for other base part numbers add suffix ‘NE’
  • Neutral switch is standard on ratchet and jockey top, to specify deletion of the neutral switch add a ‘NS’ to the part number. A low profile threaded plug is installed in place of the switch.
  • Each transmission comes with a 23 or 24 tooth chain sprocket. Belt pulleys will not fit on the BAKER 4-Speed.

Recommended Fluid / Level

Picking the right transmission fluid ensures the life and durability of your transmission, that’s why BAKER recommends a fully synthetic GL-5 rated gear weight oil of 75W-140. If a GL-5 rated gear lube is not available, these commonly carried viscosities (weights) will work: 75W-90, 75W-140 and 85W-140. BAKER does not recommend the use of Syn3 (20W-50). For Bert’s  article on ‘Oil & Spiders’  Click Here

  •  BAKER 4-Speed Fluid Capacity Dry: 22-24fl-oz
  • BAKER 4-Speed Fluid Capacity Wet: 18-22fl-oz

Installation Instructions

BAKER 4 Speed install instructions with exploded views : Click Here

  • 1970 to E1984 splined mainshaft

Options

  • N1 shift drum for hand-shift convenience, ease & safety 
  • Multiple kicker cover options
  • Three different clutch actuation configurations: External release arm, ball-and-ramp cable type or hydraulic clutch. 
  • Cases: Raw, Black, or Polished

Standard Gear Case Finish Examples (Not applicable to all products)

Chrome

Polished

Raw

Wrinkle Black

These example finishes are intended to show the exterior treatments of cases, top covers and doors.

TERM AND CONDITIONS                                                                                         

 

BAKER Drivetrain reserves the right to change prices, terms or policies at any time without notice.

Orders can be pre-paid using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or PayPal.

All orders not pre-paid will be sent C.O.D. certified check or money order only unless pre-approved for company check acceptance.

Any orders from outside the USA must be pre-paid in US funds via wire transfer; a $30 transfer fee will apply.

Prices shown are F.O.B. Haslett, MI.

 

LIMITED WARRANTY POLICY

 

BAKER™ transmission assemblies, transmission kits, primaries, and oil pans are guaranteed to the original purchaser to be free of manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 5 years from the date of purchase or up to 50,000 miles. BAKER™ clutches, kicker cover kits, belt drives, F6F kit, reverse systems, covers and accessories are guaranteed to the original purchaser to be free of manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 2 years from the date of purchase or up to 24,000 miles - whichever occurs first. If the product is found by BAKER™ to be defective, such products will, at the option of BAKER™, be replaced or repaired at cost to BAKER™. 

 

In the event warranty service is required, the original purchaser must call or write BAKER™ immediately with a description of the problem. If it is deemed necessary for BAKER™ to make an evaluation to determine whether the transmission assembly or transmission kit or accessory is defective, the entire transmission assembly, whether originally purchased as an assembly or kit, must be properly packaged and returned prepaid to BAKER™ with a copy of the original invoice of purchase. If after an evaluation has been made by BAKER™ and a defect in materials and/or workmanship is found, BAKER™  will, at BAKER™  option, repair or replace the defective part of the assembly. 

 

RETURNS AND EXCHANGES

 

Any merchandise returned for any reason (exchange, credit or modification) must be accompanied by a Return Goods Authorization (RGA) number or it will be refused. Call BAKER™ to obtain this number prior to returning goods for any reason. There is a 15% re-stocking fee for all returned items. BAKER™ is not liable for any shipping charges. 

 

ADDITIONAL WARRANTY PROVISIONS

 

NOTE: Limited warranty does not cover labor or other costs or expenses incidental to the repair and or replacement of BAKER™ products.

 

This warranty does not apply if one or more of the following situations is judged by BAKER™ to be relevant: BAKER™ OEM transmissions; (these are subject to the OEM manufactures warranty only), Improper installation, accident, modification (including but not limited to use of unauthorized parts, transmission oils or lubricants), racing, high performance application, mishandling, misapplication, neglect (including but not limited to improper maintenance), or improper repair. 

 

BAKER™ shall not be liable for any consequential or incidental damages arising out of or in connection with a BAKER™ transmission assembly, transmission kit, component or part. Consequential damages shall include without limitation, loss of use, income or profit, or losses sustained as the result of injury (including death) to any person or loss of or damage to property.

 

BAKER™ transmissions, transmission kits and accessories are designed exclusively for use in American V-Twin motorcycles. BAKER™ shall have no warranty or liability obligation if BAKER™ parts are used in any other application.

 

If it is determined that a BAKER™ product has been disassembled during the warranty period for any reason, this limited warranty will no longer apply unless you were instructed to do so by a BAKER Drivetrain technician for diagnostic purposes.

 

The words H-D®, Softail®, FXR®, Dyna®, FLT®, FLH®, Sportster®, and Buell® are registered trademarks and are for reference only.

 

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