changing gear ratio 81 to 83

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changing gear ratio 81 to 83

Post by 5oakseric » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:13 am

Is the difference in gear ratio from an 81 GL1100 and an 83 GL1100 accomplished with a different gear set in the transmission or a different drive shaft and final drive setup? I have an 81 and am wondering if I can achieve better ratio for the highway. Are the proper parts interchangeable between 81 and 83? Thank you for help.

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Re: changing gear ratio 81 to 83

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:22 am

This should give you an indication - looks like the transmissions AND the final drives were changed to adjust ratios:

GL1100 gear ratios
GL1100 gear ratios

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