Drive train clunkin


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caverdog
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Drive train clunkin

Postby caverdog » Sun May 06, 2012 10:56 am



Hello all
I just bought not only my first Goldwing but one of the first/early Wings, an "82".

I drove the bike home and found a problem in the drive,a clunking sound and feel.

She idled fine and cruised pretty good but as soon as I put the bike under load I hear the clunk sounds from near my right foot and yes I can feel something slipping as I accelerated but she seems to shift fine thru all the gears and rode smooth.

So I'm thinkin maybe some teeth are striped some where? It doesn't feel like a clutch slip.

Or did I just buy a BIG problem?

Should I start with pulling the drive shaft or can some one please tell me just where I should look so I don't end up doing extra work. I want to get her back on the road while I restore her.

Some one please help me save a Wing.

Thanks



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Re: Drive train clunkin

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 07, 2012 9:16 am

When you say you feel something slipping...do you mean you hear a clunk, and a momentary loss of acceleration at the same time?

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Re: Drive train clunkin

Postby caverdog » Mon May 07, 2012 10:26 am

Yes, loose power to the drive but not motor power loose, no RPM's lost. like if a gear is skipping a tooth.
Just like on the peddle bikes when the chain jumps a tooth on the power stroke and you almost rack your ....never mind.
Somethings slipping and it isn't a smooth slip like I would think a clutch slip would feel like but I don't know. this is my first shaft driven bike and I haven't got a service manual yet.
Thanks for your reply and help.

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Re: Drive train clunkin

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 07, 2012 10:29 am

Have a look at How to lubricate the splines in your rear drive. If the splines are worn enough, they can jump under load. It's a maintenance item that should be done anyway, so you don't hurt anything by taking it apart to have a look.

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Re: Drive train clunkin

Postby virgilmobile » Mon May 07, 2012 10:54 am

Take some pictures.Look at the splines on the drive shaft,both ends.Drive coupler and wheel coupler.
Here's the pictures.It also appears that 80-81 are the same and 82-83 are the same.
They show part number difference on a few things between years.
If yours is stripped out,you'll need to get the 82-83 fit.

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Re: Drive train clunkin

Postby caverdog » Mon May 07, 2012 11:06 am

OK I will pull the drive train and see what we can see.
Thanks

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Re: Drive train clunkin

Postby virgilmobile » Mon May 07, 2012 11:11 am

If I had to guess,it would tear up the splines in the coupler at the end of the drive shaft.
It's the part that seems to get missed when lubing the system.It needs to be hand done.The grease zerk doesn't seem to help get it lubed properly.

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Re: Drive train clunkin

Postby caverdog » Mon May 07, 2012 11:39 am

It will be great if it just cost me time and a little bit of grease.

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Re: Drive train clunkin

Postby virgilmobile » Mon May 07, 2012 12:07 pm

Dad always said ... prepare for the worst and hope for the best.However it turns out,it is repairable.




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