final drive noise


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final drive noise

Postby steve allen » Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:44 am



I have 87 aspy that has started slinging grease on rear wheel. I got new o-rings and dust seal. But, before I satarted tearing down, starting making noise like clicking, sometimes more like clunking, and can feel alittle jerk when this happens, (like something is broke). Have took wheel off, checked splines, good, checked flange, seems to have alittle play in wheel, almost makes same noise, but bushings still look good. Can they wear enough to not be noticed but give enough play to make noise? Drive shaft splines are also in excellent shape, I am lost for the cause of noise? On center stand, makes clicking noise with every revalution of wheel.......any suggestions? Also, fuild in final drive is good, not low, dry or any thing like that. heel bearings seem to be good as well. Lost for the cause!



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Re: final drive noise

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:56 am

Have you greased the rear flange? If so, did you use Honda Moly grease, or regular grease? Regular, non-Moly grease will be flung off the splines with results similar to what you are experiencing.

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Re: final drive noise

Postby steve allen » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:54 am

WingAdmin wrote:Have you greased the rear flange? If so, did you use Honda Moly grease, or regular grease? Regular, non-Moly grease will be flung off the splines with results similar to what you are experiencing.

the grease that I see is not moly, funny thing about this is after looking at 3 other 1200's at Dealer, none of them had moly either. But, I am going to clean off grease and rework with moly as soon as Dealer opens up! Will keep you posted.

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Re: final drive noise

Postby steve allen » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:01 pm

I found Lithium base NLGI #2 grease with molybdenum disulfide (also known as Moly 60) at Autozone for less then $3.00 a tub. Its waterproof and is made by Coastal Lube. Iam going to start greasing everything tonight and putting togther. While I have rear removed, I have also been cleaning and polishing chrome that has never been cleaned. I even going to clean the wheel side of saddle bags that is so built up with grime that you cant even tell what color they are. I have really learning alot working on my bike, can't afford shop rates. Plus, doing my own work, helps me understand operation of things. I just hope I fix problem.

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Re: final drive noise

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:00 pm

Make sure it is 60% molybdenum disulfide ("moly") grease - you can get cheaper "moly" grease that contain only 3% or so moly, which will not do the job.

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Re: final drive noise

Postby tech1 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:49 pm

I have a noise too what flange are you talking about lubing?

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Re: final drive noise

Postby steve allen » Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:36 pm

If you remove the rear wheel, the flange is attached to the wheel and jions a spine gear pertruding from final drive unit. Once you remove rear wheel, you will see what all needs to be greased. Also, check the flange were it mounts on wheel, to see if there is any play. I found that my bushings were wore alittle, this was the main cause of slapping noise I had.

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Re: final drive noise

Postby Lebouc » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:54 pm

I would also check the differentiel bearing , i had a clicking noise that i would only hear at low speed up to about 50m/hour and it was the bearing , and bad news , you can't change one of the two bearings , if its your problem , you need to change the diff all together !!!!

Good luck !!!!

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Re: final drive noise

Postby steve allen » Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:26 pm

Lebouc wrote:I would also check the differentiel bearing , i had a clicking noise that i would only hear at low speed up to about 50m/hour and it was the bearing , and bad news , you can't change one of the two bearings , if its your problem , you need to change the diff all together !!!!

Good luck !!!!

reffering to differentiel......are you talking about final drive unit? I too, still have clicking noise at lower speeds, and cant hear them after I reach hiway speeds. Seemed to clear up after re- greasing final drive and cleaning rear wheel, but started hearing again.

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Re: final drive noise

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:08 pm

tech1 wrote:I have a noise too what flange are you talking about lubing?


Have a look at this: How to lubricate the splines in your rear drive

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Re: final drive noise

Postby tech1 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:04 am

Well I removed my rear wheel and lubed the flange with Honda moly. Before reinstalling the wheel I ran it with out the wheel and heard the noise still th then removed the differential and inspected the drive shaft splines the look good with no wear grooving. I think I'm going to have to remove the swing arm and or the engine and check the output shaft and it's splines. it does seem to go away at a higher speeds it seems to find a center axis and not wobble maybe . does anyone know how difficult it is to replaced an output shaft and or bushing?
I also found play in the rear wheel bearings. but the noise was still there with the wheel off.
Thanks Joe

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Re: final drive noise

Postby Lebouc » Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:49 pm

I had the same problem with my '88 1500 , it was the bearing in the final drive and had to change the whole drive cuz you can't change the bearing !!!

Good luck .




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