Oil leak @ shifter seal....

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Oil leak @ shifter seal....

Post by Latitude42 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:43 am

Hey all,
I'm riding an 82 Aspy 1100... Just finished the fork seal/bushing thingy and I noticed a drip of oil coming out of the seal at the shifter output shaft.
Anybody know where to get that seal and if it is a PITA to replace???

Thanks much,

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Re: Oil leak @ shifter seal....

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:57 am

The part number you're looking for is: 91206-286-013

You can go here: https://www.onlinemicrofiche.com/cyclem ... daMC&A=768

Type in a quantity of 1 and type the part number, and it will set you up - all of $1.89 for a new one.

It's fairly easy to replace. Pull the shifter off the shift arm, gently dig out the old one (you can use a screwdriver, just be careful not to nick the shaft) and pull it off. Put some masking tape over the splines on the end of the shaft to avoid damaging the new seal, lubricate the shaft and the inside of the seal with engine oil, then slip it into place. Remove the masking tape, replace and tighten the shifter, and you're done.

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Re: Oil leak @ shifter seal....

Post by SteveB123 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:16 am

I think it took me all of two minutes to do mine, pull the lever, pull the seal with screwdriver, push in seal, reinstall lever. Done.
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Re: Oil leak @ shifter seal....

Post by 86GW1200 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:06 pm

I bumped mine with the screwdriver and it fell out. :D

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Re: Oil leak @ shifter seal....

Post by Windstud1 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:18 pm

Hey Guys,
I read where you gave someone great advice about replacing an "O" ring on the gearshift shaft out of the gearbox on a
82 Aspy. I have the same problem with my GL1100. Is your answer the same solution? Plus when you pull out the shaft (with the seal)
what's stopping the fluid from draining all together?

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Re: Oil leak @ shifter seal....

Post by Latitude42 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:54 pm

You do not pull out the shaft... just remove the bolt that tightens the shifter lever around the shaft, gently spread the shifter clamp apart some (just enough so the shifter lever wiggles), wiggle the shifter off of the shaft (no oil escapes with it on the center stand), take a small curved pick tool and remove the old seal, clean the recess out, replace with new seal, re-assemble... took about ten min.

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Re: Oil leak @ shifter seal....

Post by argosybob » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:20 am

I just picked up my new shifter shaft seal from the dealer parts department yesterday - it was the one thing that failed inspection... :(

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Re: Oil leak @ shifter seal....

Post by thombaugh » Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:11 am

Just some additional info.. I did this today and it was not as easy peasy. Mine was in there pretty good and not knowing exactly what it looked like inside took a while to figure out that the area between the shaft and block that you can see is rubber over metal that all needs to come out. So you can get something under the ring and pull hard. In my case we wound up hammering the heck out of it with a screwdriver and then pulling it out with pliers.

So it's not always a 5 minute job :)

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Re: Oil leak @ shifter seal....

Post by RBGERSON » Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:19 am

if stuck screw a screw into the seal then you have something to pull on to get it out..some use two one on each side to pull it out straight..or a small wire with a hook at the end..screw driver in there not good may nick something and lead to leaking even with a new seal.



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