Worn output shaft or drive shaft coupler?

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Location: Hampden, ME
Motorcycle: 1981 GL1100 Standard

Worn output shaft or drive shaft coupler?

Post by driven » Wed May 08, 2013 7:07 pm

Ridden my 81 a few times since a partial restoration over the winter. Felt a faint clicking through the right foot peg. Pulled the boot back and while moving the wheel back and forth while in gear it appears the coupler is moving slightly side to side on the output shaft. That small movement translates into a bigger (but still relatively minor) oscillation at the u-joint. I doubt this is normal but not sure. If not, is it likely the coupler is worn or the shaft? The shaft is hardened and is way harder to replace so I'm hoping it's the coupler. Anyone have any experience with this?

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