Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
I have a 2002 GW with 79,600 miles.
I started noticing a clicking or slight popping noise when I take off from a stop that appears to becoming
from somewhere in the drive line. I put the bike on the center stand and just turning the rear wheel with my
hand I can hear the noise and I think it's coming from the Final Drive.
The noise is even more obvious with the bike running and in gear.
I changed the Final Drive gear oil and there appeared to be real fine metal shavings in the
oil that I drained out almost looked like real fine glitter.
I changed the Final Drive oil regularly!
Anyone one have any idea what the cost for this repair might be at a dealership?
I am thinking about trying to find a Final Drive from a trike conversion shop and trying to
replace it myself.
Any thoughts and or suggestions?
Good catch. What you describe is an early sign of a final going bad.
Don't worry about the why. Some ride gentle to DQ and back, changing the oil real often and have a final drive failure. Others ride them hard, put them up wet and have never had an issue. No rhyme or reason.
Try Honda of Russellville. They sell a lot of Wings and also might have a trike take off final drive available. If they don't have a take off available, see if they will let you bring one with you. Too many good ones around to spend excess money on a new one.
It looks like you are less than 100 miles from them. With an appointment you might be able to ride in, look at new bikes and ride out fixed up, catching a few twisted roads going home.
Or, maybe a member close to your area will volunteer to come help you swap it in the driveway. The task can be done in a few hours.
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