How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal


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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by gford » Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:34 pm



Replaced my shifter seal today (raining outside so this was a good project). Followed instructions on this site and only problem was getting the inner shifter off the spindle due to lack of clearance with the frame. Removed one engine mount bolt and with careful use of a crowbar was able to pry the frame away enough for the shifter to be removed. Spent the next 10 minutes on the grinder modifying the inner shifter so it could easily be put back on the shaft. Used a long drywall screw and electric drill with screwdriver attachment to carefully insert the screw in the old seal. One yank with a pair of pliers and the seal was out. Used the wrench method to insert the new seal.

Used the paper towel in the socket trick, LOL, learned something new today

The instructions here are excellent and easy to follow. If it hadn't been for the clearance issue this job would have been very simple.

Thanks for the great write up



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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by svorn » Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:34 pm

I attacked this seal this evening on my 99 SE. My inner rod also hit the frame, so I removed 3 engine bolts. There is one bolt visible on the left side. It holds the engine in the bracket. The other two are the Allen bolts directly behind the footpeg. Once these 3 are removed, a crowbar between the engine and first bracket with a little pressure allows the inner rod to come off the shaft. It took me just about 1-1/2 hours to complete. Not too bad. Had been putting it off for a while. Should be good to go. Thanks for the write up!

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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by FM-USA » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:05 am

I know this is an older thread but one question.

Beginners don't know the amount of time involved for jobs like this. Many repair books don't show 'book time'.
Under ideal conditions where all bolts are removed without incident, what is the expected R&R time for a beginner and experienced shift shaft oil seal replacement job?
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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by peppilepew » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:36 pm

2 hours for beginner and 45 minutes for a pro. 1.5 hours with some mechanical ability.

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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by goldwingrider16 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:38 pm

Wow two dealers told me pipes had to come off and engine taken out. 450 bucks

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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:02 pm

goldwingrider16 wrote:Wow two dealers told me pipes had to come off and engine taken out. 450 bucks
Well there's two dealers you know not to go back to!

Also, if they were telling you that they would take the engine out and put it back in for $450 in labor, they were either lying to you, or are charging EXTREMELY cheap labor rates.

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Post by goldwingrider16 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:38 pm

I guess I wrote that wrong way. they said they had to undo the engine and lift it ? 4 hours labor 2 dollar part

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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by FM-USA » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:37 am

Through MUCH unknown trepidation I tackled my shifter seal this past fall. :shock:
PFF f f f t , piece of cake.


It was a tight fit TRYING to get the shifter arm past the frame. Wiggle-wobble push & pull but after bit I needed some blood back in my hand and as I let go, IT decided to fall to the floor. :D
Was there a little Gremlin holding onto that shifter while I worked at getting it out? :o I'll never know but the seal went in easy, almost TOO easy.
6 months later no oil drips and seal hasn't moved.
Harbor Freight has a set of 4 mechanics picks with orange handles CHEAP! Used the 90 degree angle to pull the seal out.

Someday I'll use them picks again, somewhere. Hummmm.., (I need a tooth removed.....) :roll:
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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:39 pm

goldwingrider16 wrote:I guess I wrote that wrong way. they said they had to undo the engine and lift it ? 4 hours labor 2 dollar part
There are some bikes that require a frame bolt be removed and the frame pried outwards slightly in order to get the shift extension lever off the splined shaft. There is no rhyme nor reason as to which bikes require this and which ones don't. Some bikes have lots of clearance, some don't.

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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by goldwingrider16 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:39 pm

Got all the covers off I can see the bolt holding the shifter on. I also poked at the seal and reseated it the oll leak stopped but still going to replace it as I suspect it's worn. I think I can get it off with extension that is jointed. 96 1500 wing

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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by Wingsconsin » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:03 pm

goldwingrider16 wrote:Got all the covers off I can see the bolt holding the shifter on. I also poked at the seal and reseated it the oll leak stopped but still going to replace it as I suspect it's worn. I think I can get it off with extension that is jointed. 96 1500 wing
AS long as you are in there -- change it...I tried to not change one on my sons bike and ended up RE-DOING all the work to get to it...
I have done 3 of these over the years now and found a better shift and no leaks after each one... I also added the shift lever while I was doing it but that is another thread.
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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by Jag39 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:06 am

Great documentation and instructions! Also solved a puzzle I had been stumped by, when viewing the operation of the auxiliary shifter support. Thinking the shaft was a straight shot into the transmission, no dog leg, I couldn't understand why the shaft rocked back and forth in the pivot support. Seeing the dog leg in your photos, cleared that up. Thanks!

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Re: How to replace your GL1500 shifter oil seal

Post by Csj992 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:11 pm

I just wanted to say thank you again for the great info on this site. I was installing a shift shaft support and thought I would go ahead and change the shaft seal. After looking at it I said oh no. I came in and logged on to GoldwingDocs and there it was. Step by step procedure with pictures on changing the seal without dropping the engine headers. This site has saved me many hours and a lot of frustration. Thanks again, Charlie


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