U-joint noise??


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midnite906
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U-joint noise??

Postby midnite906 » Mon May 18, 2015 6:58 pm



97 Wing SE 1500 had real loud clinking noise in swing arm and thought u-joint was clinking so removed rear wheel and started bike and still had noise. So took drive shaft/rear end off and still have clinking sound from inside swing arm so took swing arm off to check u-joint and that is in great shape so now I grabbed the output shaft to see what kind of play is in the shaft and all I can feel is the movement I have is back lash which is minimal but no up and down movement which I figured would be my problem. Well can't imagine what else is causing this noise ?? Anybody ever heard of this before. When I say I have a wing clinking issue, people look at me like I have 3 heads...



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Re: U-joint noise??

Postby ct1500 » Mon May 18, 2015 7:55 pm

If the swingarm is not installed correctly it can be off center in frame letting the U-joint yokes hit the inside of tube.

The pivot bolt pins of swingarm must be properly lined up and inserted into the swingarm bearings prior to tightening and setting preload.
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Re: U-joint noise??

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 19, 2015 8:41 am

So with the U-joint removed, you still hear clanking when the bike is in gear and the engine driveshaft output is turning?

Incidentally, you don't have to remove the swingarm to remove the U-Joint out, however I suppose it helps with the diagnostic process in this case.

midnite906
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Re: U-joint noise??

Postby midnite906 » Tue May 19, 2015 2:15 pm

the swing arm was factory installed and never has been off bike before. Inside of the swing arm housing has no marks where the u joint MIGHT of been hitting but no marks found. Next I will take battery and hook it back up so i can start it up to see if I hear the noise.
Thanks for getting back to me!!




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