Driveshaft removal, 81 Interstate


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Driveshaft removal, 81 Interstate

Postby Seadog » Thu May 05, 2011 4:58 pm



I've already disconnected the clutch cable. I want to turn/free the driveshaft so can easily access the port to remove the snap ring. There isnt enough play to turn the shaft and my snap ring pliers cant reach inside the port from the top. Any suggestions on how to get the shaft to turn freely? (Thus creating access to the shaft port laterally)

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Re: Driveshaft removal, 81 Interstate

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 06, 2011 8:40 am

I scrapped a 83 gl1100.One of the things I wanted to save is the complete drive shaft(1).So far I got the "C" clip off the output shaft(26) under the rubber boot(7).I had to remove the swing arm from the bike.Where the differential bolts on the swing arm,there is a coupler(2) that is splined to the drive shaft(26).It's about 3 inches down.It has to come off to be able to pull the shaft out of the tube.Here is a pix of the breakdown
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Re: Driveshaft removal, 81 Interstate

Postby RBGERSON » Sat May 07, 2011 7:37 am

If in neutral it should rotate?? rear brake locked??..you need longer tips on your clip pliers..and it's dark in there use flashlight.
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Re: Driveshaft removal, 81 Interstate

Postby ramdam1 » Sat May 07, 2011 8:50 am

That is a real fun clip to get to. When I pulled my engine it was real fun getting to it. The best part was getting to it when I put the engine back in. I knew it was going to be a pain and even bought a few extra clips thinking I was going to mess one or two up. Took about 30 minutes, a lot of choice words a really long pair of clip joint pliers and some luck. I may have used the one I have for the master cylinder rebuild. About an 1 1/2 long. Don't remember and really don't want to. Sorry.
Then WOW is was in. Mine turned with no problem. Maybe you have something else going on.

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Re: Driveshaft removal, 81 Interstate

Postby Seadog » Sat May 07, 2011 9:33 am

Thanks to all. I was able to free the drive shaft and turn it so I could access the C clip. However I've broken 4 pairs of tips trying to remove the clip! @&*%! I hate to do this but a buddy of mine used to work on his harley and I got to request assistance. Wish me luck.

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Re: Driveshaft removal, 81 Interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Sat May 07, 2011 5:40 pm

I get that clip off in about 30 seconds now once the grease is removed, before when I first did this, I too was swearing a few words , someone suggested a flashlight good idea, I used a spotlight on a stand, you can really see in there with both hands free , I made my own cir-clip tool [long needlenose] I got from HF cheap and just grinded the tips down then I made the tips pigeon toed and here's the trick that will really help you, take a small file and make two small cuts in the tips on the outside of the tips so the clip won't slip off when you grab onto it, I go in and get the tips in the holes and expand them and remove it with very little problem , it's that quick..here's a photo of my tool I made if you don't make those small cuts in your tool that sucker's gonna slip on you, then the cussing begins and if you don't bend the tips out a little it won't expand enough to get over the shaft..
notice the tips are about 3/16" almost 1/4"
notice the tips are about 3/16" almost 1/4"
bend them out a little, these cost about 5 dollars at HF
bend them out a little, these cost about 5 dollars at HF
it's just as easy putting it back in too..the advise the others posted here is also really good advise..good luck to you..

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Re: Driveshaft removal, 81 Interstate

Postby Seadog » Sun May 08, 2011 1:08 pm

littlebeaver wrote:I get that clip off in about 30 seconds now once the grease is removed, before when I first did this, I too was swearing a few words , someone suggested a flashlight good idea, I used a spotlight on a stand, you can really see in there with both hands free , I made my own cir-clip tool [long needlenose] I got from HF cheap and just grinded the tips down then I made the tips pigeon toed and here's the trick that will really help you, take a small file and make two small cuts in the tips on the outside of the tips so the clip won't slip off when you grab onto it, I go in and get the tips in the holes and expand them and remove it with very little problem , it's that quick..here's a photo of my tool I made if you don't make those small cuts in your tool that sucker's gonna slip on you, then the cussing begins and if you don't bend the tips out a little it won't expand enough to get over the shaft..
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it's just as easy putting it back in too..the advise the others posted here is also really good advise..good luck to you..


This looks the best! I've already got those pliers from HF and the lamp has been set up. I will grind it this week and report back. Thanks for the extra info.

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Re: Driveshaft removal, 81 Interstate

Postby littlebeaver » Sun May 08, 2011 5:17 pm

I used a dremel and heavy duty cut off wheel to make the tips but a grinder should work just fine good luck, be careful the metal is very soft and grinds away very easy...




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