Installing final drive and shaft


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ommari
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Installing final drive and shaft

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Greeting fellow winger's,
Im having a major problem fitting spine to the universal.
I have tried everything including. "putting bike in gear" holding in clutch and bumping it but, it still won't slide in all the way. I have tried with tire on, than only the shaft its self.can't get the bolts in flush.
I have been at this for weeks. Walking away when i get frustrated..
Is there an easier way to do this.?
All help will be appriecated.rather do it myself.
than pay..never learn by having it do for you.



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Re: Installing final drive and shaft

Post by MikeB »

This works on the GL1500. The GL1200 is probably very similar.

To get the U-joint to align with the drive shaft, slide a piece 1/8" thick by 1" wide steel flat stock, or similar material, into the swing arm and slide it under the U-Joint to prop it up.

Now slide the drive line only into the swing arm so it mates with the U-Joint. When it slides in the U-Joint, slide out the flat stock material that you used as a prop.

Now put the final drive on and put the bolts in the flange but do not tighten them. Follow the service manual's recommendation for final drive alignment with the swing arm. I believe the service manual says to mount the wheel and tighten the axle prior to tightening the final drive flange nuts on the studs.

I hope this works for you, it does for me. Good luck.
MikeB
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Re: Installing final drive and shaft

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Thanks for your reply and advice.
It seem to work just as you said it would.
Thanks man. "Topic now close" 😎

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