Originally Posted by msvede
Lynn it will shift from Forward the lever is tough to get in but it will go. It just does not seem to get into neutral though. THe lever will shift to N but it will still be in F or R depending on what you were in last. Any ideas??
The shift lever you work with your hands pulls on a cable which moves a lever back and forth on the Forward/Neutral/Reverse [FNR] gear box (where the engine drive sprocket attaches). The movement of this lever is adjustable, and its proper adjustment is critically important.
The first question on my mind is whether the shift lever cable is moving the FNR gear box lever through its full range, or if there is something wrong in the gear box itself.
Look at the shift cable at each end and look for anchor points that are loose or broken. Look for slack in the cable movement where you move the hand operated shift lever, but the FNR gear box lever doesn't move. This would be a problem that needs to be fixed.
You can also disconnect the cable from the FNR gear box and move the lever manually with the rear wheels jacked up off the ground to test its operation. Please be *really* careful with a jacked up quad. This can be dangerous - both because of spinning machinery (with a lot of inertia) that you can get caught up in, and because a quad with spiining wheels can take off if it falls off the jack stands. Tether the quad, keep the forward path clear, and stay away from all moving parts.
If the FNR is not quite adjusted right the quad will lurch in either forward or reverse because the partially engaged gears will attempt to climb out of gear. This is especially prevalent under load (like going up a hill). But it sounds like your problem is much more severe than slight misadjustment.