noise at slow speeds on 89 gl1500


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noise at slow speeds on 89 gl1500

Postby bartstarr » Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:47 pm



I have replaced the rear wheel bearing and the brake rotor and caliper and pads. this noise occurs when I am slowing down to a stop. It sounds almost like rocks tumbling and growling. Not sure where to look next.



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Re: noise at slow speeds on 89 gl1500

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:12 pm

That sounds like a possible universal joint in the drive shaft. I've not worked on one, so can't offer good advice, but I'm sure someone (WingAdmin) will be along shortly to point you in the right direction. However, if my guess is correct, and it's that noisy, you may want to curtail your riding until fixed. A totally broken u-joint could be a safety issue if it cuts loose.

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Re: noise at slow speeds on 89 gl1500

Postby bartstarr » Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:36 pm

I have quit riding. any idea how big of job it is or how much it would cost?

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Re: noise at slow speeds on 89 gl1500

Postby minimac » Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:41 am

I'd agree w/ the hooker, it probably is the joint. You won't know for sure until you pull the back wheel and assess the damage. For me, this is definitely a DIY project, just because of the time involved. It isn't all that difficult(see the how to on this site), and I would want to insure that's done right.

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Re: noise at slow speeds on 89 gl1500

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:09 am

Excellent diagnostic and repair How-To

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=30309

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Re: noise at slow speeds on 89 gl1500

Postby Mh434 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:41 pm

Just a thought here - what kind of pads did you use? I had precisely the same thing happen, same sounds, etc., after the previous owner had changed to "performance" pads on the rear of my GL1500, immediately before I bought it.

What I found was that the sintered metallic particles in the pads were harder than the steel in my rotor, and were literally grinding it away, grooving it like an old record, and making the surface concave (it wasn't until I got it all apart that the damage became apparent). The noise was awful at low speeds - it sounded like the rear brake was full of gravel or sand.

In the end, I bought & installed new OEM-equivalent pads, and all was quiet & back to normal...except for the brand new grooves in my rotor...

Try reading my post here: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=22461&hilit=grinding to see if it's of help to you! I hope it is - it's a fairly low-intensity/low cost fix.

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Re: noise at slow speeds on 89 gl1500

Postby CrystalPistol » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:34 pm

After my trial with some aftermarket pads which started bluing my front rotors on my '85 GL1200A .... I saw what new rotors would cost and very soon I was back on OEM pads and soon, the bluing was gone. I never looked back, pads are cheaper than rotors .... and I believe the OEM perform better.
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Re: noise at slow speeds on 89 gl1500

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:45 pm

bartstarr wrote:I have quit riding. any idea how big of job it is or how much it would cost?


Again, I haven't done the job myself, but from what I've read, it's doable with a reasonable amount of effort. The exact parts needed are shown in the beginning of the tutorial. Looks like the beefed up joint and boot run about $150 from Partzilla. It looks like the beefed up joint has been universally applied to all model years, but the beefed up boot is specific to the Valk, so use the supplied part numbers in the How-To. You probably want to get some Moly grease (Honda or equivalent) to clean and re-grease the splined shafts while you're in there.
This all assumes that you have determined the joint is your issue. Out of curiosity, how many miles are on the bike ? If the boot has been compromised, that might be the reason for a joint failure, if it is.




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