How to access the clutch cable cover on 1977 GL1000?


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orbitizer
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How to access the clutch cable cover on 1977 GL1000?

Postby orbitizer » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:30 pm



I want to put my new clutch cable on my Goldwing (1977) and cant find where the cable ends up on the bottom end.
It looks like you have to jack the bike up, take off the back wheel, gas tank, swing arm, and muffler to get access to it.
I cant seem to find how to do this anywhere on the internet. Most sites just say "take off the clutch cable cover" like it was nothing.
What to do?
PS: the original clutch cable is working at this time but I just replaced an original throttle cable and just figure that a bike with 21123 miles the clutch cable is gonna break next. Also is this a high dollar shop repair?

Thanks



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Re: How to access the clutch cable cover on 1977 GL1000?

Postby spookytooth » Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:06 pm

Just replaced mine! There are two 10mm bolts accessible from the left side. You shouldn't have to remove anything to get at them. The top one can can be gotten by a 10mm deep well (or regular with extension) the bottom one I had to use an end wrench to get. The clutch cover faces the back of the swingarm. I was sceptical at first but there's really plenty of room to do the whole job without removing anything.

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Re: How to access the clutch cable cover on 1977 GL1000?

Postby Placerville » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:55 pm

Like he said. Also, If your clutch cable is working well now i.e., the lever pull isn't hard and all seems to be as it should, I urge you to pay very close attention to the routing of your 'old' cable as you pull in the new one. Many like to tape the cable ends together so you can use the old one as a 'pull wire' ensuring the identical routing for the 'new' cable. Miss-routing a clutch cable is the mistake that just keeps on giving.

A tip: You may cringe at this suggestion but, have you considered removing your top shelter to do this? Removal of the top shelter is actually an easy job - four bolts, your electrical connectors on the left, the air box, disconnect the fuel gauge wires and you've got it. I used the 'shelter removal' method to remove my carbs and found that once the shelter is off, I had significant access to areas that I'd not touched before. And, the best part is, cable replacement with the shelter off is a snap.
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Re: How to access the clutch cable cover on 1977 GL1000?

Postby Head » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:33 pm

Placerville wrote:Like he said. Also, If your clutch cable is working well now i.e., the lever pull isn't hard and all seems to be as it should, I urge you to pay very close attention to the routing of your 'old' cable as you pull in the new one. Many like to tape the cable ends together so you can use the old one as a 'pull wire' ensuring the identical routing for the 'new' cable. Miss-routing a clutch cable is the mistake that just keeps on giving.

A tip: You may cringe at this suggestion but, have you considered removing your top shelter to do this? Removal of the top shelter is actually an easy job - four bolts, your electrical connectors on the left, the air box, disconnect the fuel gauge wires and you've got it. I used the 'shelter removal' method to remove my carbs and found that once the shelter is off, I had significant access to areas that I'd not touched before. And, the best part is, cable replacement with the shelter off is a snap.

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