CLICKING SOUNG


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CLICKING SOUNG

Postby darren01 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:32 am



I have a 1988 GL1500 when you ride it at any gear then start to slow down like throttling down is when make a clicking sound down under the seat area any ideas as to what it may be other than that the bike is ok :D
Darren



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Re: CLICKING SOUNG

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:43 pm

darren01 wrote:I have a 1988 GL1500 when you ride it at any gear then start to slow down like throttling down is when make a clicking sound down under the seat area any ideas as to what it may be other than that the bike is ok :D
Darren


Not much to go on, but my first guess would be the universal joint, which is down in that basic area, and could produce clicking noises under certain loads like you describe.

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Re: CLICKING SOUNG

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:22 pm

I guess another question(s) is ....

Is the clicking noise is random or continuous and does it lower in frequency as you go slower regardless of what gear your in....(driveshaft spins the same rpm regardless of gear for the same speed)

Better or worse with a passenger....Less or more air in the rear shocks....(slightly changes the angle of the driveshaft and the wear spots in the "U" joint)

Left side more than the right...

How bout a recording with your smart phone....

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Re: CLICKING SOUNG

Postby darren01 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:21 pm

The sound is in all gears you only hear it when throttling down it sounds the same 1st through 5th gears. But when you are on the freeway 65 mph then you start slowing down you hear it a little more. I have not tried to add air to the rear shocks yet. Also when you add a passenger the noise is the same. My 1st thought was the universal joint. I started to disassemble the rear end and only found out you need a special tool to remove the swing arm assembly I checked on line and found it for over 100 dollars. I did purchase a universal joint already to install. so before I take the tool plunge I thought I would ask here 1st
Darren

virgilmobile wrote:I guess another question(s) is ....

Is the clicking noise is random or continuous and does it lower in frequency as you go slower regardless of what gear your in....(driveshaft spins the same rpm regardless of gear for the same speed)

Better or worse with a passenger....Less or more air in the rear shocks....(slightly changes the angle of the driveshaft and the wear spots in the "U" joint)

Left side more than the right...

How bout a recording with your smart phone....

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Re: CLICKING SOUNG

Postby darren01 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:42 pm

The sound is in all gears you only hear it when throttling down it sounds the same 1st through 5th gears. But when you are on the freeway 65 mph then you start slowing down you hear it a little more. I have not tried to add air to the rear shocks yet. Also when you add a passenger the noise is the same. My 1st thought was the universal joint. I started to disassemble the rear end and only found out you need a special tool to remove the swing arm assembly I checked on line and found it for over 100 dollars. I did purchase a universal joint already to install. so before I take the tool plunge I thought I would ask here 1st
Darren

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Re: CLICKING SOUNG

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:25 am

darren01 wrote:The sound is in all gears you only hear it when throttling down it sounds the same 1st through 5th gears. But when you are on the freeway 65 mph then you start slowing down you hear it a little more. I have not tried to add air to the rear shocks yet. Also when you add a passenger the noise is the same. My 1st thought was the universal joint. I started to disassemble the rear end and only found out you need a special tool to remove the swing arm assembly I checked on line and found it for over 100 dollars. I did purchase a universal joint already to install. so before I take the tool plunge I thought I would ask here 1st
Darren


No no no, you don't need to remove the swingarm to replace the universal joint, even though the manual says that you do.

Remove the rear wheel & rear drive from the swingarm, making sure the driveshaft comes out with it. Then remove the right swingarm pivot bolt (left the left one in place). You can then peel back the universal joint rubber boot, push the swingarm to the left, and get enough clearance to maneuver the old universal joint out. Coat the output shaft splines and the new U-joint splines with moly, and install the new one the same way the old one came out. Put the rubber boot back into place (careful not to tear it), and replace and torque the right swingarm pivot. Then reinstall the rear drive & wheel.

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Re: CLICKING SOUNG

Postby darren01 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:50 am

Ok I will thanks this don't sound to bad to do I will give it a try do I need the special tool to remove the swing arm bolt on the right side is it the same pattern on both sides

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Re: CLICKING SOUNG

Postby ct1500 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:48 am

The left side has the lock ring using special socket right does not. Just need a 17mm hex bit, Sears might have it. Same bit is used on fork caps.


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