neutral switch / tachometer oil leak


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ernest rudshtein
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neutral switch / tachometer oil leak

Post by ernest rudshtein » Sun May 06, 2018 1:47 pm



hello boys and girls
just got the new neutral switch, gonna do the repair this weekend- if anybody got some pointers, gratefully accepted.
second subject is the tachometer oil seal. I understood that there should be one in there? it seems the PO had lost it. can anyone here plz let me know the size of it so ill get it at the oil seal shop (in Israel theres no honda goldwing dealer ship..they are MOSTLY available by Personal import..)
tnx to all ride safe


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Good Hondog
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Re: neutral switch / tachometer oil leak

Post by Good Hondog » Sun May 06, 2018 2:41 pm

Hi Ernest. Your oil seal is a 4.8 x 14.5 x 5 seal. It's Honda part #91256-425-003, although that doesn't help you directly because you said there are no Honda dealerships at your location. Hope you can find the seal and fix your bike.

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Re: neutral switch / tachometer oil leak

Post by DenverWinger » Sun May 06, 2018 10:29 pm

I've had more luck with shoving an "O" ring just big enough around to fit inside the bottom of the Tach cable connection, and just thick enough that when you push the cable back into the connection it makes you have to push "in" on the cable to get the retaining bolt started. No more leaking. Wasn't happy with the Honda part I bought in the first place, still leaked.

Should be able to find something about that size in the local hardware store.
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Re: neutral switch / tachometer oil leak

Post by ernest rudshtein » Mon May 07, 2018 4:12 pm

cool. tnx guys. ill try to find the right seal and fix it, if not-find and match an o ring.
should the tachometer cable move in the fuel pump housing? mine moves freely up and down around 2-3 mm.
tnx ppl
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1972 CL-350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS-550 (1985-2005) sold
1977 GL-1000 (2002-2006) sold

Re: neutral switch / tachometer oil leak

Post by DenverWinger » Mon May 07, 2018 8:56 pm

With right size O-ring it won't move at all... so just slightly thicker o-ring than the free movement and diameter to fit the hole will fix it.
They say 98% of all Hardleys ever made are still on the road..... The other 2% made it home. :lol:
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Re: neutral switch / tachometer oil leak

Post by ernest rudshtein » Thu May 17, 2018 1:36 pm

hey ppl
so ive got the front lower right "front side" engine holder nut off, and pushed the bolt slightly "in" the engine.
took the front lower right "back side" engine holder nut and bolt out.
neutral switch holding bolt is out too
took the right floor board and right engine gourd off - for better view and handling
so the hold backs im currently trouble shooting are:
1.neutral switch body will not move nor come out, totally stuck.( can i aproache it as a stuck oil seal? -drill a screw in the plastick body and try to pull it out?
2.where exactly should i stick the wooden spacer to give way to the neutral switch to come out, and more- from which angle?what size of wood? tried a few approaches, the frame didn't move an inch.
let me know if i missed anything , and general advice will be great
tnx to all
ariel ( 1980 1100 gl)
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Re: neutral switch / tachometer oil leak

Post by ernest rudshtein » Thu May 24, 2018 12:53 pm

greetings from sunny israel
job is complete!
neutral switch has been replaced. tachometer oil seal replaced.
new oil and filter, battery charged and ready to go to work tomorrow.
it wasn't easy without pulling the motor out, but sure is possible.
if anybody needs or wants my insights on the way i managed to switch the switch, let me know will gladly advise
ariel


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