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Anti Overshift Ratchet Pawl

The stock ratchet pawl used from 1980 to 2000 utilized scissor spring that was well known for breaking. The unfortunate side effect of this failure is the broken spring leg going through the transmission and destroying it. Our new ratchet pawl utilizes a rectangular cross-section spring like the 21st century Big Twins.

  • 555-56C-A      = 1980-00 Big Twins except for 2000 Softail
  • 555-56LD-A*    = 2000-06 Softail, 2001-06 FL, 2001-05 Dyna
    *Not a stock replacement. Must upgrade to shift drum with ¼” pawl pins for PN 555-56LD-A


  • Prevents over shifting
  • Built to withstand the constant cycles of the shift arm
  • Smooth shifting  

Each time an upshift or downshift is made the pawl spring is cycled. After many cycles, the spring leg breaks. The unfortunate side effect of this failure is the broken spring leg going through the transmission gears and wrecking the transmission. Any seasoned mechanic has seen this happen. With the heavy-duty cross section spring in the ratchet pawl, we have eliminated this issue.

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




Wrinkle Black

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

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  • 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.


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. 


Due to the uniqueness, low price and assembly outside of typical production process of products indicated as Insider Special products, purchasing these Insider Special products include a warranty so to guarantee the original purchaser to be free of manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 1 year from the date of purchase or up to 12,000 miles. We have provided extended options for you to purchase below. 


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. 


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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Mick C.
United States

Shifter pawl

Killer, just as always!

Robert G.
United States

Shifter Pawl

Well I had to purchase this as your shifter Pawl that came with my DD6 failed the weld broke at the shaft. More than happy with the Baker product I have several Baker parts on my 2006 FLHX all are top notch. Tell Burt he owes me a beer & burger next time I am in Haslett MI

j n.
United States

Great part

Thanks for improving this part. The design from Harley with the spring wrapping around the pawl arm put too much stress on the spring, and will fail over time. The Baker design is much better.

Ed R.
United States

O.C.S. Racing

This is going on a build with N1 shift system. Bike will be run at Bonneville Speed Week, Aug 12th . Will let you know how it works. Thanks, Ed Ryan...

ed h.
United States

false neutral

had to clearance tranny case for this to fit.i have been working on harleys since 1976.16 of these years for hd.all of the factory springs i replaced over the years have never produced a false neutralbetween 3rd and 4th gears.i have had done every possible adjustment and still can not stop this false neutral problem.i replaced this on my 1999 fatboy because the stock spring had so much freeplay i was worried of failure and tranny locking up. been there done that,that stock spring has the possibility to get someone injured or killed if it breaks and drops into the cluster of gears and destroying the tranny.getting very angry with this false i write this i am going to take my bike out of the lift and take it for a ride to see if i cured this problem. if not i am losing alot of money in that part and fluids and time to go back to stock write me back later time and i will let you know. thank you ed heverly.

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