Oil leak shifter shaft seal


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Oil leak shifter shaft seal

Postby chefkev121 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:37 pm



Wet to warm up the bike this am so I could go to school and I noticed a cloud of gray blackish smoke rising from under the dash I immediately shut down the bike and drove to school. When I came home I ripped it all apart there must be 30 different pieces I removed I started the bike so it would warm up and I scoured it top to bottom with a flashlight finally I found the culprit my shifter shaft seal finally went bad so I soaked it with brake clean and now I'm going to wait and order the shifter pivot and a new seal I was worried it might be electrical thank God it isn't. Does anyone have any information on how to pull the old oil seal? And any tips or tricks to make the job easier?

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Re: Oil leak shifter shaft seal

Postby Big Blue UK » Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:12 pm

WA posted a guide here
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=19833
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Re: Oil leak shifter shaft seal

Postby dnehasert » Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:52 pm

All you have to do is remove the shift lecer arm. Pry out the old seal with a small pick oil the new one and put it on. I use a socket the size as the seal to push it on. Simple job. Doug

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Re: Oil leak shifter shaft seal

Postby Fiberthree » Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:42 pm

dnehasert wrote:All you have to do is remove the shift lecer arm. Pry out the old seal with a small pick oil the new one and put it on. I use a socket the size as the seal to push it on. Simple job. Doug


Maybe not...
Mine required removing two bolts on the frame and using a large pry bar to get clearance. (Seems they are not all created equal.) There is an excelent step by step write-up in the how to section by the admin along with terrific photos. I had the same oil leak on my 99 Wing and this modification stopped the leak.
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Re: Oil leak shifter shaft seal

Postby Eric's brown bike » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:18 am

Mine was tight also had to pull engine and trans bolts and use a prybar to get shifter ext: off the shaft had to pull everything off that side including exhaust header just to give you room not easy

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Re: Oil leak shifter shaft seal

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:08 am

Eric's brown bike wrote:Mine was tight also had to pull engine and trans bolts and use a prybar to get shifter ext: off the shaft had to pull everything off that side including exhaust header just to give you room not easy


It's really inconsistent - some are very tight, some come right off with lots of clearance (like mine). It's not dependent on model year, it just seems to be the luck of the draw.

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Re: Oil leak shifter shaft seal

Postby dnehasert » Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:58 pm

I've owned 3 GL1100's over the years and never had the problems mentioned. I must have been very lucky.

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Re: Oil leak shifter shaft seal

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:18 pm

dnehasert wrote:I've owned 3 GL1100's over the years and never had the problems mentioned. I must have been very lucky.


That's because we're talking about the GL1500. :) The GL1100 doesn't have the convoluted shift pedal mechanism used on the GL1500.

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Re: Oil leak shifter shaft seal

Postby dnehasert » Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:22 pm

OOPS ! Guess I'll have to pay closer attention . Never had one of them "new" GL1500's. :oops:

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Re: Oil leak shifter shaft seal

Postby Wingsconsin » Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:47 pm

I had enough clearance (barely) to get my shift lever off with some considerable wiggling -
But the seal was really a bear for me to get out...I ended up taking off the exhaust and headers on that side (not recommended!) to be able to get a pick in there to pry the seal out... Next time I will just sell the bike instead.. :roll:
Seriously - it is just time and patience - but once it's done it's done ! Especially if you add the shift pivot ;)
Mine had been leaking drops & drops for who knows how long previous to me doing something about it...and the resulting crud buildup caused me other problems ...



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