Help Needed: Universal Joint Install


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Help Needed: Universal Joint Install

Postby wellman » Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:09 am



Hello,
Had a vibration during deceleration starting at the end of last summer. The great articles/ how-to's on this site led me to the universal joint. Bike is a 2000 Gl1500SE with only 45K so I thought the u-joint was a long shot. Once apart it was not worn out but did have one spot that would bind up when turning so ordered replacement parts recommended here. My problem now is getting it back together. Got the shaft into u-joint, u-joint on tranny then snugged up the final drive to the swingarm, then ran into a problem. As I was turning the drive flange to check for rotation, it turns stiff and sounds like something is hitting inside the tube. Took back apart, everything looks ok, put back together and same thing. The long part of the u-joint is on the tranny side, there is nothing in the swingarm tube I can see and I even put the bolt back in swingarm pivot to make sure the alignment was correct. This is very frustrating. :? Anyone else ran into something like this? Am I missing something?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks



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Re: Help Needed: Universal Joint Install

Postby ct1500 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:44 pm

You are not properly inserting the swingarm pivot bolts. They must be precisely lined up to insert into the swingarm bearings, if not properly installed it will kick swingarm either left-right offsetting the alignment which in turn will contact the u joint.
This is what I do
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Re: Help Needed: Universal Joint Install

Postby wellman » Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:06 am

Thanks CT, I will check the alignment. Put the swing arm pivot bolt back in but did not fully tighten or torque. It may not have been in all the way.

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Re: Help Needed: Universal Joint Install

Postby wellman » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:06 pm

CT,
That was the issue. Once I made sure the pivot bolt was in all the way everything slipped together and turns smoothly.
Thanks! :D




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