Final drive or tranny gear ratio change??????


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Final drive or tranny gear ratio change??????

Postby kc4ky » Tue May 25, 2010 2:46 pm



Hello all:

I have a 1980 goldwing. My question is is there a kit for the final drive or the tranny to change the gear ratio to run @ a lower RPM. 55mph 3.5rpm, 70mph 4.5rpm.

Thanks
Ron



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Re: Final drive or tranny gear ratio change??????

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 26, 2010 1:35 pm

That's about the right RPM for those speeds, you're not doing any harm running the engine like that. Some of the different year models changed the ratios, but I have never seen an aftermarket kit to do the same thing.

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Re: Final drive or tranny gear ratio change??????

Postby kc4ky » Wed May 26, 2010 2:38 pm

Thanks for the info. I thought I would try to get the rpm's down a little out on the road.

Thanks again

Ron

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Re: Final drive or tranny gear ratio change??????

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 27, 2010 2:45 pm

It would be nice - even after all these years, I still once in a while try to shift into sixth gear. :)

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Re: Final drive or tranny gear ratio change??????

Postby cbach1981 » Thu May 27, 2010 3:01 pm

my 83 interstate hits 65mph at around 3600 rpm's. Don't know if maybe the final drive gears would fit the different years or not, but might be worth researching a bit.
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Re: Final drive or tranny gear ratio change??????

Postby crowesnest3 » Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:33 am

it is what it is! Still tend to look for that 6th gear but it isn't there! But have you ever noticed that once you have any awareness of how the gearing works on the 1100, you don't really have to run thru the gears as much as you might on other bikes. You can pretty much leave it in 5th between 30mph and 100+ mph and the engine braking provided really can keep you off the brakes especially on those wonderful no stop signs twisty country roads .... ok, maybe down shift to 4th for a little extra.

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Re: Final drive or tranny gear ratio change??????

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:38 pm

cbach1981 wrote:my 83 interstate hits 65mph at around 3600 rpm's. Don't know if maybe the final drive gears would fit the different years or not, but might be worth researching a bit.

honda changed fifth gear on '82 wings should turn about 34 / 3500 rpm@60, honda changed fourth and fifth gear on '83 wings. so unless you want to change out gear sets or install an '82 or '83 motor you have what you have on the other hand honda clames that the '80 naked wing was the fastest of all wings up until the 1800's anyway
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Re: Final drive or tranny gear ratio change??????

Postby crowesnest3 » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:54 am

.....the fastest comment I find interesting, certainly know that if you get "on it" the 1100 really seems to enjoy going thru the gears between 6000 n 8000 .... but the speedo bottoms out at 85! Not that you need to be going that fast anyway although it would be nice to know ones mph .... speaking of anybody know if you can swap out the 1000 wing 150mph speedo into an 1980?

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Re: Final drive or tranny gear ratio change??????

Postby aynew1 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:17 pm

83 final drive ratio is lower, .897 80-82 is .973, you could just swap it out for 83 final drive, according to the shop manual anyway




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