'76 GL1000 sticky clutch???


Information and questions on GL1000 Goldwings (1975-1979)
  • Sponsored Links
Naterude@gmail.com
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:18 pm
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1976 GL1000

'76 GL1000 sticky clutch???

Postby Naterude@gmail.com » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:34 pm



Hi,
I've got a 1976 GL1000 with a "sticky" clutch. I was riding along one sunny day and came to a light, pulled my clutch in and when it was go time I released the lever only to have nothing happen.
First I thought cable....no
So I pulled the tire/exhaust/ clutch inspection cover to see the linkage where the cable hooks up. I tapped it with a screwdriver and it went "shunk" back to the engaged position.
Hallelujah I thought, put her all back together and did a couple of passes up and down the ally with no problem. Then as I'm standing there smiling at how "smrt" I am I pull the clutch for grins and giggles and.....crap it's hung up again!!!!
Talked to some people and the consensus is grooves on my clutch basket splines???

Fix, drop the motor and pull the basket and sand them down.
Before I do this I thought I'd ask the interweb.
Any ideas?

Thanks for any help anybody, anywhere can provide.

Nate
Attachments



User avatar
Fred Camper
Posts: 1155
Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:15 pm
Location: Metro Detroit, MI
Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000, 1976 LTD GL1000

Re: '76 GL1000 sticky clutch???

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:56 pm

Sure hope you find the expertise you seek, as that is a big job. Have you tried to disconnect the cable and verify that it is not just a worn cable with loose strands getting hung up.

User avatar
landisr
Posts: 393
Joined: Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:18 pm
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Motorcycle: 1976 GL1000
1994 GL1500A

Re: '76 GL1000 sticky clutch???

Postby landisr » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:28 pm

Or maybe the actuator arm is hanging up on something, or just needs lubrication???

Ron in MI
Beam me up, Scotty. There's no intelligent life down here.

Naterude@gmail.com
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:18 pm
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1976 GL1000

Re: '76 GL1000 sticky clutch???

Postby Naterude@gmail.com » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:43 pm

Cables good (would have been nice but no).
Actuator is wet (as in oil in the area) checked for burr's and found none.
If I was to lube it, with what?
Grease, could that trickle down and contaminate the oil?

Thanks for the ideas guys!
Really really don't wanna pull the motor



(Spring is coming!!!)

User avatar
Placerville
Posts: 423
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:58 pm
Location: Placerville, CA
Motorcycle: 1976 Naked Yellow

Re: '76 GL1000 sticky clutch???

Postby Placerville » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:44 pm

Before you do anything as drastic as pulling your engine, why not replace your clutch cable? If that doesn't work, then it was a small investment in expense and time and you'll know that it won't be suspect again. They're still available from Honda. I'd advise that prior to installing it, you remove your top shelter. Not only does it make cable replacement much easier but, if it doesn't cure the problem, you'll have already started the process for carb removal prior to attacking the engine. Good luck.
Placerville- 1976 Yellow
Image

Naterude@gmail.com
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:18 pm
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1976 GL1000

Re: '76 GL1000 sticky clutch???

Postby Naterude@gmail.com » Thu May 30, 2013 12:05 pm

Well that was fun,
pulled the motor and opened up the clutch to find the dreaded piece of engineering crap "plate B" was coming apart.
Found a great forum/write up here

http://www.wingovations.com/#/clutch-pl ... 4539741861

back together now and I'm off!
thanks for all the help here

Nate

User avatar
Placerville
Posts: 423
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:58 pm
Location: Placerville, CA
Motorcycle: 1976 Naked Yellow

Re: '76 GL1000 sticky clutch???

Postby Placerville » Thu May 30, 2013 5:02 pm

Congrats! I'm sorry you had to pull your engine but, the job is a lot easier with it out. (Also, you then have access to all those other pesky little items.) Can you tell me, because you did not replace the 'B' plate, do you now notice any difference in the feel of the clutch?
Placerville- 1976 Yellow
Image

Naterude@gmail.com
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:18 pm
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1976 GL1000

Re: '76 GL1000 sticky clutch???

Postby Naterude@gmail.com » Thu May 30, 2013 6:25 pm

no difference really, still a bit of a "man clutch" as in it's a killer in stop and go traffic.
I've attached a couple of pics from the rebuild. Did you read the link I sent about the problem?
When the plate B came apart the little shims (?) inside scored my inner hub as well as the outer basket bad, thus the hanging up when I went to shift.
I had to replace both hub and basket and fiction plates.
Plus 2 extra clutch metal plates to make up the room from removing the plate B.

So glad I found that guys write up, as I still wasn't sure what the problem was for sure until I read his post.

(stupid iPhone pics are upsidedown)



User avatar
Placerville
Posts: 423
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:58 pm
Location: Placerville, CA
Motorcycle: 1976 Naked Yellow

Re: '76 GL1000 sticky clutch???

Postby Placerville » Thu May 30, 2013 6:35 pm

Yes, I read the Wingovations write-up. Very good, and I like the 'edit' at the bottom regarding the updated plate. Thank's for posting the photos. (Maybe the moderator will flip them for you.)
Placerville- 1976 Yellow
Image

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: '76 GL1000 sticky clutch???

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 30, 2013 8:20 pm

Placerville wrote:Yes, I read the Wingovations write-up. Very good, and I like the 'edit' at the bottom regarding the updated plate. Thank's for posting the photos. (Maybe the moderator will flip them for you.)


Hm, never done that before....let me try.

Yup, there we go. Flipped them. It worked!

User avatar
Fred Camper
Posts: 1155
Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:15 pm
Location: Metro Detroit, MI
Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000, 1976 LTD GL1000

Re: '76 GL1000 sticky clutch???

Postby Fred Camper » Thu May 30, 2013 8:41 pm

Glad you posted the right up, good article and important stuff to know. If I tap the pics they flip up side right and get large. Works for me.




Return to “GL1000 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest