Ok wanted to do this for awhile now so got it done today.
If you had a LT the clips for releasing the linkage is the same. If you never touched one of these look at it carefully before you try. They look like this:
I removed the shifter lever also:
So you see this stuff is taking a little bit of abuse, On the picture with the shifter and bolt laying there that brown is really a washer that is rusted that color.
This is how it looked cleaned up:
I used Honda Moly on all cups and balls. Also on the frame where that washer rides and the shifter bushing. I was happy with the outcome and feel it is a worthwhile maintenance task.
One thing when I was changing my rear wheel over yesterday I spied another linkage set but with plastic covers. So I pulled the left little triangle cover off with the three pegs and grommets and there it sits. The top is held on with a 10MM nut and the rear is a stud with a 10mm wrench fitting. The thing that supprised me is it was in worse shape then the shifter linkage itself. I cleaned it and loctight the nut back on after using libral dose of Honda Moly
I really took no pictures except this one and to be honest I have no clue what it operates yet but I will. It was in bad shape.
Again not saying you need to do this but maintenance is maintenance.
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This is a task I have regularly carried out on both our previous Hexhead and our present Twincam. Different design of course but similar. Very effective way to improve gear change action. I have used normal bearing grease in the past but I do have some of the Honda stuff which I use (Honda Moly 60 Paste) on the Drive Shaft Splines so I will try that next time. (normally done during a winter deep check and clean).