The Old Transmission Trouble


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The Old Transmission Trouble

Postby jae0630 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:59 am



I have a 91 GL 1500. It goes into 1st fine, when I shift into 2nd, 3rd, 4th it grinds and rattles and is rough, but goes into 5th fine. Changed the oil and flushed the clutch fliuids. I guess the next step are the handle rebuild? I know if it's the shift fork, I'm screwed. Also, are the shift forks a commoun problem with the 1500's?.. Thanks a Bunch !!!



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Re: The Old Transmission Trouble

Postby f1xrupr » Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:19 am

Goldwings are known for clumpy shifting. You might try "pre-loading"....works great! That is-just before you pull the clutch, put upward pressure on the shifter. My .gl 1100 shifted clumpy, and I tried several types of oil. I found that royal purple 20w50 car oil (contriversial as it may be) performed phenomenal. Now, please understand I'm not suggesting you use RP.....I'm just saying.....
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Re: The Old Transmission Trouble

Postby redial » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:02 am

Of course the "shifter" that was designed by Pepi Le Pew on this site does wonders for cleaning up the 1500 shift.
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Re: The Old Transmission Trouble

Postby jae0630 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:08 am

Already installed one for $125... No difference...Dissappointed.......My GL1800 and ST1300 shifted like butter....This bike for the first 57K miles probably did too.Thats what it had on it, when I purchased it. I didn't pick up on the problem, on the test ride. My bad............ Blaaaaa.....

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Re: The Old Transmission Trouble

Postby hugger-4641 » Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:07 am

Shifting technique can help too. I tend to accelerate aggressively when I'm one up, and more passive when 2 up. Like wise, I've developed different shifting habits to suit the situation. For my "passive" accelerating, I find my bike shifts better if I make 1-2 shift at about 2500rpm and the other shifts closer to 3k rpm.

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Re: The Old Transmission Trouble

Postby jae0630 » Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:56 pm

I'll give it a shot Hugger... Thanks..




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