05 gl1800 clutch replacement


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05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by Wingrider73 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:22 pm



I have other post which describe a 'clunk' noise and abnormal looseness in the drive train system. My bike only has 74000 miles but....

I placed my bike beside a friend's and we went through every possible 'test' to determine where the noise was coming from. While on the center stand in gear, we turned the the rear wheel of both bikes as hard as we could and no noise; cranked both bikes and tried to make the sound on both and nothing; dropped both off the center stand, put both in 1st gear and while holding the brake and slightly revving the engines while releasing the clutch, my clutch sounded like it was coming apart. Don't notice this noise when in gear and driving. The other bike made a very low noise and stalled the engine. Not so with mine.
I am thinking the noise i am hearing on my bike is definitely the clutch. I have read horror stories about what can happen if these things come apart. Perhaps the plate springs are beginning to fail?
How difficult is it to replace the clutch on the 05? I have the service manual with pictures. Where can I get a good used clutch or maybe a new one? I am thinking of replacing the entire basket to simply the process. I consider myself an average mechanic but have never worked on a Goldwing. Advise please.....
Please send me links, advise, anything that will help me decide what to do...
Thanks guys.. I appreciate any help.


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Re: 05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by Steve F » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:13 pm

A clutch failing on a GL1800 is practically unheard of. A rough running engine, with the clutch pulled in can make a lot of noise as the clutch plates are bouncing back and forth in the basket due to a rough running engine. My old CB750F would make noise until I synched the carbs and smoothed out the idle. I hope you're using motorcycle-specific engine oil.........other oils with friction modifiers are bad for wet clutches, and will cause slippage.
My recommendations would be to put in MC specific oil, and change out the plugs to get the engine running better. Maybe check the plug wires too.
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Re: 05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by MikeB » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:34 pm

You are only 150 miles away from an excellent resource - http://www.justwings.com/index.html
They are located in Zephyrhills, FL. Ride down there and get a proper diagnosis. I do not think you wil be disappointed.

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Re: 05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by jinx » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:40 pm

Are you sure it is not the altenator drive gear ? My old 2006 made a hell of a racket blipped the throtle because of a bad drive gear. This is a known issue with older
1800s. My understanding is it was fixed in newer 1800s. In either case if repairs are needed you will have to remove the engine.

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Re: 05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by Wingrider73 » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:03 am

Thanks again....
Based on the discussion thus far I think I am going to a reputable repair shop. I know I have excessive clutch chatter when under medium load. Not sure about other possible causes. :shock:
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Re: 05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by themainviking » Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:33 pm

Wingrider73 wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:03 am
Thanks again....
Based on the discussion thus far I think I am going to a reputable repair shop. I know I have excessive clutch chatter when under medium load. Not sure about other possible causes. :shock:
Merry Christmas to all. ......
Just Wings is about the most reputable repair shop you will find to do with Wings and their transmissions. They were mentioned above, as being only about 150 miles from you. If I had transmission related issues with my Wing, I would hope to be as close as you are to a fix. http://www.justwings.com/index.html
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Re: 05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by Wingrider73 » Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:13 pm

I sent an email to JustWings yesterday with a description of my 'noise'. I hope to hear something about an appointment to diagnose the problem - if there truly is one.
I live in Lake City, FL and the trip down in 21/2 hours both ways. Not terribly long but I don't want to get caught with no way home...... :o
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Re: 05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by keithg64 » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:03 pm

You could rent a uhaul trailer or something like that instead of riding it down there.
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Re: 05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by Wingrider73 » Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:26 am

Will call Greg tomorrow and go from there.
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Re: 05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by PastoT » Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:33 pm

Just a thought, do you regularly flush your clutch fluid? It could be as simple as the clutch fluid not releasing the pressure when you let the clutch out - would certainly be an easy and stress free repair. I've read that as the clutch plates wear in over years the fluid level climbs in the reservoir and if it is full the clutch remains partly restrained as though the lever is still pulled in slightly. Generally this is not an issue if one flushes the fluid periodically, but we all know some just don't get the time to do so.
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Re: 05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by AZgl1800 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:58 pm

When my 1800 went in last summer for the brake recall, I had the dealer flush all hydraulic fluids.
the extra charge was very nominal and gives me another two years for the next flush.
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Re: 05 gl1800 clutch replacement

Post by Wingrider73 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:00 pm

Thanks - I had all the fluids flushed within the past 6 months. I am leaning towards driving it with care until next year (2019) and trade for a newer model. We shall see......
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