2009 GL1800 Differential Lube Question


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2009 GL1800 Differential Lube Question

Postby chrisgl1800 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:50 am



I recently purchased a new 2009 GL1800 with all the bells and whistles. I have been riding bikes for about 41 years of my 64 years and have owned everything from a Vespa scooter to my last 2 bikes.. Harley Davidsons....and I must say this, The Goldwing is the finest bike I have ever owned!! What a product!! I don't know why I waited so long to change!
Anyway, here is my question is: I changed my differential gear lube over to Amsoil Extended Life 85w90. When I drained out the factory gear lube, I only got enough lube out to just bearly cover the bottom of my drain pan. I filled the differential like the book said, until the lube came out of the check plug. Is this normal? Because it took considerably more lube to fill it than what came out. Did I do this right? Or is there some secret I don't know about. Thanks for your responses.


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Re: 2009 GL1800 Differential Lube Question

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:27 am

I chrisgl1800

If you look in your book the driver page 138, you have all the explanation that, you need, for de final drive.
The quantity of oil 120 ml. you made no mistake.
This oil is very viscous and sticky on the gears, the amount required is minimal.

For this, I changed the oil has every time I change motor oil, I also found that minimum amount.

Congratulations on your purchase, you have one of the best machine in the world.

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Re: 2009 GL1800 Differential Lube Question

Postby Keyboard » Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:31 am

Yes, you did it right.

It's possible that the dealer did not do a thorough prep of the bike. That is, he/she didn't check all fluids. Thus, the differential oil may have been low from the factory.

With that in mind I would check all the fluids to make sure that they are filled to Honda specs.
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Re: 2009 GL1800 Differential Lube Question

Postby gareva1 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:49 am

What many people do is remove the drain and filler covers, then pump gear oil into the filler until clean oil comes out the drain...you'll never get it all out, but doing this and turning the rear wheel while you're filling/draining (obviously the bike should be on the centerstand) will get rid of most of it...Doing it this way causes you to use all of the bottle and sometimes part of a second bottle of the honda gear oil (don't know if the amsoil is the same size) Also, don't forget to clean out the drain plug---it's magnetic, and often has metal deposits in it. They can be removed with a paper towel.

Also, don't forget to not overtighten the filler cap...you'll crack the cap and leave the threads in the rear drive if you apply much more than finger tight...don't ask me how I know. :oops:

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Re: 2009 GL1800 Differential Lube Question

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:43 am

I Gareva1

Very good way to change the oil differentially.

The only thing I do not love you make much oil waste, and much oil to recycle.

Nowadays it is very important to recycle everything as much as possible. :shock:

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Re: 2009 GL1800 Differential Lube Question

Postby gareva1 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:51 am

As this is not something that you do every oil change, I think it is an acceptable thing to do. Right now, rear drive units are fairly cheap, but I do not want to risk destroying the one I have just to save a little bit of oil. The wal-mart takes all of my oil for recycling at no charge.

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Re: 2009 GL1800 Differential Lube Question

Postby chrisgl1800 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:45 am

Thanks again for all the comments. I also changed the engine/transmission oil and filter at 500 miles, the dealer said not to worry until the 4000 mile check up, but I feel it is very inexpensive insurance to keep the oil in the engine clean from its initial break-in period. ( I am from the old school)
I also feel that this is a great bike, very smooth riding, easy cruising, and handles like a much smaller, lighter bike. I tell people it is a crotch rocket with saddle bags!
Thanks again!
Chris
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Re: 2009 GL1800 Differential Lube Question

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:47 am

I chrisgl1800 !!!!!

My too I com from the old school, in this period is a good thing to change the oil at 500 miles.

Here in Canada, winter is long sometimes, this year it was shorter than usual, we will use more.

Congratulations for your purchase and makes good trip with your GoldWing.

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Re: 2009 GL1800 Differential Lube Question

Postby Keyboard » Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:49 am

The dealer was right because there is no break-in period for the Gold Wing per say. The 1st oil change is not due until 4,000 miles, then every 8,000 after that. So, that would be at 4K, 12K, 20K, 28K, etc. This engine should give you a couple hundred thousand miles on that maintenance schedule. Some owners (old schoolers) have trouble accepting that, and do maintenance more frequently, but it's really not necessary.


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