Information and questions on GL1000 Goldwings (1975-1979)
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Postby dark glasses » Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:13 pm

i was having proglems adjusting the clutch, replaced cable and never could get it to adjust no matter what i the last time i tryed to adjust it , thinking i may have solved the problem. i engaged the clutch stred t otake off and something let go inside the tranny .now i hear something rattling around inside :x . i m at a loss cause i dont know what to do s a 1976 gl1000.what would be the thing to do? pull the engine off the frame and open the trans up? finde a new trans and or motor.or just part it out. :x cant afford to put it in a shop.need some help with this.

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Re: clutch

Postby dingdong » Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:27 am

When you say rattling around inside the tranny, describe exactly what you mean. Where and when do you hear the rattle. I have a feeling you may have just broken a clutch disc or some other clutch part.

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Re: clutch

Postby dark glasses » Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:42 am

as soon as you engage the clutch the rattle starts. like something has came loose.bottom line does
the engine have to come of frame, to look in side?

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Re: clutch

Postby thrasherg » Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:32 am

You do not want to be driving that bike with something rattling around in the transmission, it could cause the gearbox to lock up and cause a very nasty accident. If there is something rattling in the transmission, then you need to take the transmission apart and find what is wrong. It will be an engine out job. If you are a competant home mechanic it can be done and is not too expensive (Gasket set, oil, fluids and time) but if you need to take it to a shop then you probably need to consider replacing the bike as it would not be economically feasable..


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Re: clutch

Postby Old Fogey » Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:38 am

OK. First. Do NOT ride the bike!
Second. Where do you hear the rattle coming from? Use a long screwdriver like a stethoscope to try and locate the area. Hopefully it is coming directly from the clutch area. Repairs here may not be too hard or expensive.
If it is coming from the main crankcase area you have major problems!

Stripping these engines (and more to the point, building them back up) is not for anyone who is inexperienced. A full gasket set will set you back around $150; you could well find another engine for that money.

But first things first, have a careful listen around the engine and come back here.

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