U joint?


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Sassy
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U joint?

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After reassembling the rear of the bike I was crawling around peering up into the rear wheel cavity checking for tire clearence for my new Darkside tire. While rotating it back and forth ever so slightly I could hear a slight click that appeared go be coming from the u joint area. This noise is in addition to the gears hitting in tranny.
My question is, common on 1500s or should I be ordering a joint?
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Fred
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Joints are generally quiet. If there is any play in the joint, it's time for a new one. You can sometimes get the boot to move enough to inspect the joint without removing the shaft.
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I have a new u-joint I was saving to put on my ex-1500 if needed. Sold the 1500. PM me if you would like. Posted som e1500 parts for sale on theis forum at: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=63903
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Christmas at my house today!
Received the ujoint from Rednaxs60 today, got a great deal p!us there were goodies besides!
Wheel bearings, triple tree bearings, these special switches that mount on the hyd master cylinders, plastic covers which he didnt even know I needed!
Incredible haul!
Thanks Rednaxs60!
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Rednaxs60 wrote: Fri May 28, 2021 10:11 pm I have a new u-joint I was saving to put on my ex-1500 if needed. Sold the 1500. PM me if you would like. Posted som e1500 parts for sale on theis forum at: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=63903
Rednaxs, I still can’t get over you selling that amazing project and beautiful paint job. I learned many painting tips from following your thread. Sorry, not trying to steal this post, just saying....
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4given wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:19 am
Rednaxs60 wrote: Fri May 28, 2021 10:11 pm I have a new u-joint I was saving to put on my ex-1500 if needed. Sold the 1500. PM me if you would like. Posted som e1500 parts for sale on theis forum at: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=63903
Rednaxs, I still can’t get over you selling that amazing project and beautiful paint job. I learned many painting tips from following your thread. Sorry, not trying to steal this post, just saying....
Pardon me Sassy, I have to answer this. Thanks for the compliment. My 1500 project was a great learning experience, and I did enjoy the ride and end result. Lots of good, positive compliments from people wherever I took the 1500. Most of the 1500 paint project was labour and time. Got some new tools. Estimate the painting of the 1500 was about $1K CDN. Tools were another $1K CDN, so an inexpensive project - still have the tools.

Used what I learned from the 1500 to paint my '85 Limited Edition:


The paint was easier, only a two step paint job, gold and brown metal flake. The most challenging part was the pinstripe. No Honda decals available, and I was not going to have the pinstripe done commercially. Figured out how to do the pinstripe, and now have a rather nicely detailed '85 Limited Edition. Found new Honda emblems, and rebuilt the engine as well. Still have work to do on it - never ending project, only been 6 years in the making. The Mrs also likes riding on the '85.

I had been doing research into the trike for a transition in 3-4 years when I hit my 70/71 b'day. A riding friend decided to get out of motorcycles for health reasons so he sold all his bikes, got a 4 wheel ATV so he could still be outside. Few days later he shows up with a 2018 Can-Am Spyder F3 Limited. He took it to the dealer for servicing and asked me to go with him to pick it up. He blindsided me with a demo ride for a few hours. Liked the ride and what it is intended to do. Borrowed his so the Mrs could ride with me. She liked the ride. Found a 2014 Can-Am Spyder RT LE through the friend network, similar in amenities to the GW, I was made an offer I could not refuse:


Something had to go, and it was not going to be my '85 1200 Limited Edition. Still have the 2012 V-Strom DL1000 for sale.

Considered doing a 1500 trike conversion, but this was going to be some $20K to $25K CDN, and I would still have a good looking '95 1500. The Spyder that is a purpose built 3 wheel reverse trike was less money, and designed to tow up to 400 pounds. Only trike on the market designed to tow a trailer.

So being of sound mind - some may differ - and no health issues, joints are in good shape and such, I took the plunge and now have the Spyder. Now have some 1500 parts to divest myself off.

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Man that 85 is tidy!
Had an 84 'Cade in the early 90s, Marilyn and I had some great trips with it.
If I was to to to 3 wheels I'd want 2 up front as well
great choice!
Fred
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Sassy wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:19 am Man that 85 is tidy!
Had an 84 'Cade in the early 90s, Marilyn and I had some great trips with it.
If I was to to to 3 wheels I'd want 2 up front as well
great choice!
Fred
Thanks. Still looking for the emblems for the saddlebags. Hoping there are a couple new ones out there.
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Sassy wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:19 am Man that 85 is tidy!
Had an 84 'Cade in the early 90s, Marilyn and I had some great trips with it.
If I was to to to 3 wheels I'd want 2 up front as well
great choice!
Fred
That ‘85 Limited looks like it’s in a class of it’s own when you zoom in on it. I wouldn’t mind being around when Rednaxs decides to put it on the market, or anything else he owns for that matter.
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4given wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:34 am
Sassy wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:19 am Man that 85 is tidy!
Had an 84 'Cade in the early 90s, Marilyn and I had some great trips with it.
If I was to to to 3 wheels I'd want 2 up front as well
great choice!
Fred
That ‘85 Limited looks like it’s in a class of it’s own when you zoom in on it. I wouldn’t mind being around when Rednaxs decides to put it on the market, or anything else he owns for that matter.
Thanks. I have a very nice 2012 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom for sale: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/it ... _type=post

I have installed a few mods such as the external alternator, side stand safety switch, manual rad fan switch, and a few other goodies. Accessory fuse block in the rear trunk, LED lighting throughout - have to install some load resistors to increase the load on the lighting circuit so I can get rid of the tail light dash indicator - load sensitive. The seating is custom made by Rich's custom seats in Kingston, WA. He does a good job.
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Since even with load resistors the dash warning will be unable to detect a failed LED, you might as well just remove the dash light instead of adding resistors. That way you get all the benefits of the low current LEDs and not just burn heat in a resistor.
If you are unable to locate the badges you desire, there are a bunch of shops with small CNC machines that make reproduction and custom badges for the automotive market. I'm sure one of them can make what you are looking for.
You have a really nice looking bike there.


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