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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 Complete Transmission. 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 517-339-3835.
Case Finish Options
You have 2 different options for case finish on the 4-Speed.
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.
Mainshaft lengthsWe 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. 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.
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
Kicker covers come in different finishes ranging from the standard chrome cover to the raw replica cover.
The offset kick arm comes standard.
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. Any factor Harley electronic speedometer will work with the transmission. We recommend using the Dakota Digital Billet sensor. Depending on what type of electronic speedometer you use, an additional speedometer recalibration box might have to be purchased, BAKER PN 95E-56B.
Gear & Electronic Sensor Locations
|Recalibration Box 95E-56B|
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 adjustments 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.
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.
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)|
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 the customer that they are using the 1962-67 ratio as specified above.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 install instructions with exploded views: Click Here
TERMS 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 and transmission builder 's kits, 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, whichever occurs first. All other BAKER products 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, except for the following; Warranty does not cover clutch plate wear, throw out bearing failures or mainshaft breakage due to improper clutch nut installation.Electrical components carry a 30-day warranty; cosmetic finishes (chrome plating, hard anodizing, powder coating) are covered for 60 days. Certain promotional products may carry a shorter warranty as specified at the time of purchase. 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 purchase invoice. If after evaluation by BAKER a defect in materials and/or workmanship is found, BAKER will, at their option, repair or replace the defective part of the assembly.
RETURNS AND EXCHANGES
Returns are permitted within 90 days of the delivery date. 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.
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 manufacturers 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.