Final Drive and Moly 60


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Final Drive and Moly 60

Postby Darksider 562 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:42 pm



G'Day wise ones. I have a query.
I have read quite a lot on the final drive and greasing with Moly 60 paste. Is this necessary on the 1800's? I can find info on the 1500, but for the life of me I can't find anything relating to the 1800. Everything I've read says to use the paste on every rear tyre change, but where/how/what?
I'll really appreciate any help I can get on this.

Thanks, Phil


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Re: Final Drive and Moly 60

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:24 pm

As long as the 1800 has a rear drive and driveshaft - I believe you need to lubricate with Moly 60 or equivalent, and to do this EVERY change of tyre etc...

I'm sure lots of people on here have greased 1800 rear drives at least once or twice. :)

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Re: Final Drive and Moly 60

Postby Darksider 562 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:48 pm

Hi Aussie, I figured as much, but I can't find any info on doing it. What has to come off and how do I do it. I've taken the rear wheel off plenty,so I know what I'm doing there, but what else do I have to do/remove to grease the rear drive splines?

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Re: Final Drive and Moly 60

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:45 pm

Phil,

I'm at work at the moment and have restricted internet access - so unable to do some more research - will have a look when I get home in a few hours.

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Re: Final Drive and Moly 60

Postby themainviking » Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:13 am

Far as I know guys, it does not apply to the GL1800, whose rear wheel bolts on like a car. I have done several tire changes on mine, and have not seen any grease there. If I am way way out of the ball park, please inform me so I can begin slopping grease on that drive, :lol:
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Re: Final Drive and Moly 60

Postby Steve F » Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:43 am

On another forum that I go to frequently, there was a thread on this very subject. There were some that recommend greasing whenever you need to replace the final drive. He said that when he did, at over 225,000 miles, there was plenty of grease on the splines. I also heard that if you pull out the driveshaft, it could be a real trick to get it back in alignment and seated.
I would be curious about the condition of the grease on the splines on my bike, but I'm only at 60,000 miles, and not interested in taking it apart just to have a look-see.
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Re: Final Drive and Moly 60

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:05 am

On all previous Goldwings, the big issue has been the relatively large splined couplings that connect the final drive hub to the "spider" which slots into the wheel rim. This is what allowed you to remove the wheel from the final drive - the large splined couplings slid apart.

The GL1800 has no such coupling, as its wheel bolts directly to the final drive car-style, thanks to the single-sided swingarm, so there is nothing to grease.

That said, the joint shaft and driveshaft still connect to one another via splined couplings. The service manual specifies that when they are disassembled, they are to be cleaned and coated with Moly during reassembly, but there is no mention anywhere about regular maintenance of these couplings like previous Goldwings with their hub couplings.


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Re: Final Drive and Moly 60

Postby Darksider 562 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:54 pm

Wing Admin, you're a gem. I suspected that there was no service needed on the parts, but could not find anything written on regular servicing. Thanks all for your responses. I'll leave well enough alone.


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