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bigdaddytom
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final drive

Postby bigdaddytom » Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:57 am



having trouble getting my final drive shaft back in to the yoke i dont know what to do



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Mh434
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Re: final drive

Postby Mh434 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:29 pm

If it's anything like the 1500, it can be a real PITA, and with the 1500's reverse gear, it's possible to get it to rotate at the front while you feed it in from the back. Assuming this is on your 1200 (without reverse), it might be possible to have someone bump the starter while you try to feed it in from the back, to get the front yoke to flop to various positions, and hopefully the driveshaft will pop in at some point.

I did it the hard way - swearing, shoving, shaking, all while rotating the rear end. Somehow, after about 20 minutes of that, it suddenly went 'clack', and was in place. I was holding one of the securing nuts in my teeth, thankfully, so I could hold it in place (I did NOT want it falling back out while I went searching for the nuts!).

Good luck!

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Re: final drive

Postby mrjay62 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:43 pm

Bigdaddytom..

Did u get it all figured out?

Jay..
As always thanks for your help and input...
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Re: final drive

Postby 90Blazer » Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:00 pm

I've gotten pretty good at getting the dive shaft back in. I have a pry bar about 18" long, the ones that look like a large flat blade screwdriver with a bent tip. Take that and use it to lift up the yoke from the back of the bike and slide the drive shaft in without the differential. While holding the drive shaft with one hand because of the spring, pull the pry bar out. Then grab the differential and put it in place. The whole process takes about 15 minutes. :mrgreen:

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Re: final drive

Postby mrjay62 » Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:47 pm

On a 94 gl1500. I can reach under right side pull back the rubber boot and get ahold of the u-joint and help line it up to the shaft.. I dont know if the same for ur bike.....


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Re: final drive

Postby Mh434 » Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:18 am

On my '97 SE, the boot is inaccessible, as it's behind a frame member. I can only see it with a flashlight & a mirror on a stick, and I can't reach it with any of my tools. Another method I heard recently is to remove both the lower shock mounts & let the swing arm hang right down - then, the yoke is hanging down at the same angle as the driveshaft tube, and easier to align. Just about anything beats my jiggle/twist/swear method, even if it did work eventually!




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