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F5R: Factory 5-Speed Reverse

Designed, manufactured, tested, proven and beloved - the industry's leading reverse drive for Harley-Davidson is the easiest to use and most worry-free system. Our non-invasive reverse gear system was designed to be out of the driveline picture when going forward. We did not want superfluous reverse gear mechanisms at play spinning, jarring and/or adding additional rotational weight where 99.9% of your riding direction is spent. We did not want to compromise safety, performance and horsepower for the tiny moments when going backward is needed.

The F5R kit adds a reverse gear to any 1990-2006 big twin 5 speed. The contents in the F5R kit are similar to the F6R; door, side cover, countershaft, reverse gear train and hardware. Existing gearset (except countershaft), shift system and top cover will be re-used with the F5R installation. The F5R will be appreciated by those with heavy GVW applications (trikes, side cars and trailers) or those with compromised leg mobility. Also available as a 5 Speed Builder’s Kit with reverse, or as a complete transmission upgrade. No longer do you have to wrestle that large bagger out of a tight parking situation. You can safely and easily back up in reverse using the throttle and clutch.  All reverse functions are on the handlebars and/or inner fairing. No reaching down near the hot exhaust to actuate reverse.  By design it is mechanically impossible to be in reverse and a forward gear like other units on the market.  Maintain the freedom of being powered by an American Big Twin – even in reverse!

  • Full complement of parts and detailed instructions included for an easy installation.
  • Reverse is designed as a creeper gear for the safest operation possible.
  • Reverse selection controlled by aircraft grade shifting solenoid & crank assembly. Electronic reverse safety lock out solenoid is energized with the  handlebar mounted momentary toggle switch.
  • Redundant dual spring system on the shifting bell crank assembly make it is the safest reverse system on the market today.
  • True ‘plug & play’ wiring harness. No using the starter motor for reverse maneuvers either.
  • Backed by a 2 year limited warranty.
  • Strong, true reverse transmission
  • Will retrofit with  BAKER DD5 or Stock H-D® 5-speed transmissions.
  • No case modifications required for reverse gearset installation.
  • No ‘accidentally’ shifting into reverse. Solenoids are only powered when the bike is in neutral and automatically turn ‘off’ when bike is shifted out of neutral.

F5R Kit Contents

  • 1990-2006 Big Twin 5-speed
  • Will retrofit with BAKER DD5 or Stock H-D® 5-speed transmissions
  • 5.69:1 ratio reverse gear in the F5R gearset, which is 43% shorter than the stock 1st gear ( 3.21:1). Making it  essentially a creeper gear.
  • Reverse gears and dogs made of 8620 gear steel, fully case hardened to 58-62 Rockwell C. Ground tooth profiles with diamond coating tooling
  • Billet (6061-T6) Aluminum bearing door and side covers. Available in polished or chrome finishes.
  • Pre heat treated 4140 billet steel shift fork (28-32 Rockwell C) rides on a case hardened, ground finish fork rod.
  • Hydraulic side cover (1.5″ Piston) works with stock and aftermarket 11/16″ bore hydraulic clutch lever assemblies.
  • All included bolts are polished stainless steel.
  • Clears the stock FLT/ FLH cast oil spout.
  • Will retrofit with  BAKER DD5 or Stock H-D® 5-speed transmissions.
  • Typical install time is 6-9 hours depending on the model of motorcycle, exhaust and installed accessories.
  • Sticks out from bearing door the same amount as a stock mechanical (cable style) transmission side cover.
  • Due to the solenoid location on the side cover, the F5R may not work with some 2-into-1 exhaust systems where the rear head pipe goes down in front of the transmission.  Clears all stock exhaust systems will a small amount of clearancing to the lower door mount exhaust bracket required on stock FLT/ FLH systems.


 This tip applies to F5R, F6R, F5K, F6K, RSD and Big Dog style clutch cable installations that utilize a split ferrule for cable retention. It is recommended that the inner cable, ferrule and ball ramps are coated liberally with wheel bearing grease upon final installation. This step has been omitted for photo clarity.

After attaching the clutch cable to the clutch lever, be sure that the cable adjuster is fully collapsed. Screw the cable into the sidecover. Slide the ball ramp over the exposed inner cable, then the split ferrule over the inner cable end. Rotate the ball ramp fully rearward removing all of the slack from the inner cable and engaging the ferrule into the ball ramp. Install a miniature nylon cable tie on the inner wire directly in FRONT of the ball ramp as far back as possible. Snip the excess tie as short as possible. This will prevent the ferrule from accidently becoming dislodged during installation and/or clutch adjustment.

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Final Look


F5R Geartrain Layout

F5R, Safety Solenoid ‘On’, Reverse Shift Ready

F5R Safety Solenoid ‘Off’, Reverse Locked Out

F5R Bell Crank, At Rest

F5R Bell Crank, Reverse Locked Out

F5R Bell Crank, Reverse Engaged

Reverse Kits

PN Description Fitment
F5-RV-1 Bolt On Reverse System 1990-1997 All Big Twin Models
F5-RV-2 Bolt On Reverse System 98-99 Softail, 98-00, FLT/ FLH, DYNA, 99 FXR
F5-RV-3* Bolt On Reverse System 00-06 Softail, 01-06 FLT/ FLH, 01-05 DYNA

NOTE: All above PN’s come standard with a cable type  side cover, unless ordered otherwise

  • Add: -P Suffix For Polished Door And Side Cover
  • Add: -C Suffix For Chrome Door And Side Cover
  • Add: -U Suffix For Upgrade To A BAKER DD5 Builder’s Kit Or Complete Build
  • Add: -H Suffix For Hydraulic Side Cover Version

*2000-2006 Softail Models Require BAKER PN TCSO-A, Oil Line Adapter Kit


F5R Cable Type Side Cover

F5R Hydraulic Side Cover


TC88B Softail Oil Line Adapter Kit

Switch Housings

PN Description Fitment
SHB-A Hand Control Mounted, Satin Black H-D™ Factory Hand Controls
SHC-A Hand Control Mounted, Chrome H-D™ Factory Hand Controls
423-F5R 1″ Handlebar Mounted, Polished 1″ Handle Bars
FRNG-MNT** Switches with Rubber Boots FLT/ FLH Inner Fairing, Custom Location

**pn FRNG-MNT is the standard configuration unless ordered otherwise.

pn SHB-A, Switch Housing Installed


pn SHC-A, Switch Housing Installed

pn 423-F5R, Switch Housing Installed


pn FRNG-MNT, Inner Faring Mounted

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 F5R Fluid Capacity Dry: 22-24fl-oz
  • BAKER F5R Fluid Capacity Wet: 18-22fl-oz 

Installation Instructions

  • BAKER F5R Installation Instructions with Exploded Views : Click Here

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.

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.


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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