Removing Final Drive on '85 GL1200 LTD


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Removing Final Drive on '85 GL1200 LTD

Postby Rednaxs60 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:27 pm



In preparation for my next maintenance period at end February, I am researching the removal of the final drive on my '85 LTD. I have perused this forum and have been absorbing the information. I have found that I need to strip the back just like I would do for a tire removal - I did this in December last year. The main issue I want to clarify is the swingarm move/removal.

In viewing WingAdmin's detailed "How to replace your universal joint (and driveshaft), I notice that I have the same configuration as his 1500. The right side of the swingarm uses a hex drive to remove the right swingarm pivot. First question - do I have to do anything with the swingarm to remove the final drive? Second question - can I just remove the right swingarm pivot and move the swingarm enough to do the work?

The reason this is on the agenda is from doing the work to date, I have noticed that quite a few items that I think should be regularly maintained have not been. As this is a new to me bike, and I would like to mitigate issues as much as possible. I also like the challenge.

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Re: Removing Final Drive on '85 GL1200 LTD

Postby wingman12 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:47 am

Good morning Rex, you don't have to loosen the swing arm to remove the final drive. Swing arm taken loose on right side is so you can get easier access to replace your universal joint. It doesn't hurt to remove the swing arm bolts and apply ample bearing grease from time to time. :D :D

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Re: Removing Final Drive on '85 GL1200 LTD

Postby Rednaxs60 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:56 am

Wingman12 - thanks for the info - now to look for or make a tool for the left swingarm nut any suggestions? Cheers

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Re: Removing Final Drive on '85 GL1200 LTD

Postby dingdong » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:27 pm

If you are wanting to remove the u-joint in order to lube the forward splines then yes, you will have to remove the right side swing arm pivot.
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Re: Removing Final Drive on '85 GL1200 LTD

Postby Rednaxs60 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:39 pm

Dingdong - might as well if I have the whole back end off. It's probably prudent as well. Found a document on another forum where the fellow had sourced a u-joint, removed the old and installed the replacement. The replacement had "C" clips to hold it in place. He mentioned that you had to remove the crimping tabs, and then he machined snap ring grooves.

The aftermarket u-joint is a NEAPCO P/N 1-0475. Checked the internet and it is still for sale. Just an option.

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