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Have a 2013 Recon ES, have owned since new. At some point shifting into reverse became very difficult, in a mechanical sense. After pushing the red R button, I needed to pull very hard on the brake lever in order for the electric downshift to click into reverse. Eventually it stopped working, but I was able to get it working again by twisting one of the wingnuts quite a few times on the back of the atv, tensioning one of the lines. I believe it ended up tightening the left brake really excessively though. However, at that point the reverse shifting actually worked again, but the brake was far too tight and not effective, so couldn't keep it that way. Does this given anyone any sense of what could be the issue?
 

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The 'Reverse Assist' cable needs to be adjusted - there are 2 cables on the LH lever, one goes to the rear brake and has a wing nut adjuster, the other goes to the reverse lock out lever - the lever is intended just to set the rear brake when parking (read the owners manual) - the other cable is actuated when you push the red button down and set the brake - this facilitates shifting into reverse.

You need to adjust the wing nut on the cable going to the hand lever so when the lever is locked, the vehicle will not roll if on an inclined surface - with the parking brake adjusted, press the red button down and set the parking brake - now adjust the reverse cable to properly operate the reverse lock lever and allow shifting into reverse.

I am going to delete your duplicate post.
 

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The 'Reverse Assist' cable needs to be adjusted - there are 2 cables on the LH lever, one goes to the rear brake and has a wing nut adjuster, the other goes to the reverse lock out lever - the lever is intended just to set the rear brake when parking (read the owners manual) - the other cable is actuated when you push the red button down and set the brake - this facilitates shifting into reverse.

You need to adjust the wing nut on the cable going to the hand lever so when the lever is locked, the vehicle will not roll if on an inclined surface - with the parking brake adjusted, press the red button down and set the parking brake - now adjust the reverse cable to properly operate the reverse lock lever and allow shifting into reverse.

I am going to delete your duplicate post.
I was able to find the reverse cable endpoint under the bike. It had the two adjustment nuts (one adjust nut and one lock nut), and had not been adjusted before, according to a green marking across the pieces. I do feel like I tried the reverse-brake pull before and the lever did not move, so I adjusted the nut outward from the lever substantially, about a half an inch. I then did the reverse-brake pull and it moved the lever hard to its limit. With the machine running, I tried going into reverse and was actually able to get it to in on 2nd or 3rd attempt. However only once, and not again. I tried putting the reverse cable adjustment nut back toward its original spot, and the lever is still moving, a bit cleaner. I could not get it to go into reverse again no matter where I adjusted the nuts. The reverse lever moves fully on pull.

I also tested the battery while I was there, and it is reading a strong charge voltage, with no problems shifting upwards and back down while moving. Is there a next step to this reverse fix? I've heard the neutral switch sensor is sometimes related?
 

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I've heard the neutral switch sensor is sometimes related?
FYI: I ordered a neutral switch off ebay for $15. It fixed the problem, and I can now shift into reverse with ease. The old one didn't just fail immediately, it failed over about a year where more and more force needed. As some have said, it looks like a tiny spark plug in shape. It replaced the old one, and I had to remove the oil first apparently first. Runs like a dream now.
 

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Glad to hear you got it fixed and what it took to do it - maybe it will help others on here when they encounter a similar problem.
 
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