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post #41 of 46 (permalink) Old 03-21-2017, 12:06 AM
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FWIW, I will be giving away a complete very low mile final drive (actually the entire swingarm if you want the whole shebang) as a door prize at my RTE in April. That doesn't help this particular posters problem, but I thought I'd mention it.

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Originally Posted by roadrunner1800 View Post
Ronnie did you already sell your final drive. You sometimes get parts mixed up right. He is looking for a final drive....your drive shaft will not fit a 2002 GL1800 because yours is from a 2010.

O' ok I was understanding that a 2002 and 2010 were the same bike and the 2012's and newer were the different sized model...
Forgive me if I was wrong, just trying to help this gent out, would have sold real cheap, to help a fellow winger...

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The bike is the same as far as side bags etc. , but Honda changed the length of the swingarm in 2007 models I believe. The drive shafts are different lengths, but the actual final drive unit is the same for all years and can be interchanged.

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post #45 of 46 (permalink) Old 03-21-2017, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Final Drive Going Bad


Honda of Russellville sold me a Final Drive that was a trike take off, they said that the bike that was triked had never
been ridden.

They sold it to me for $200.00 and said they would install it for $100.00 dollars.

I took the bike and left it with them Yesterday to install the Final Drive and do the Brake Recall that I had
never gotten around to getting done.

If I had a lift I would have probably tried to install the Final Drive myself.

Thanks to all of Your input and suggestions on how to handle this issue.
Several of You offered to sell me a final drive and I appreciate the offers.

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I've replaced 5 of the final drives. 4 out of 5 were from the same problem. There is a large 100 x 125 x 26mm bearing behind the ring gear that causes the problem. The bearing cage comes apart causing the noise and the rough feel. If let go long enough the cage particles will tear up the output seal and O ring. Next you will notice gear oil on the ground when sitting at a traffic light. It also makes a mess out of the rear wheel.The expense to repair them is much more than the cost of another unit at your local trike installation shop. I have bought them for as low as $35.00. The most important tool you will need is a "short 17mm 12 point box end combination wrench" needed to remove the 4 nuts holding the final drive to the swing arm. Sockets and 6 point wrenches won't work.You will also need to remove the right side muffler to gain access to 2 of the nuts. If you do not have a trailer hitch this job can be done on the center stand. It would be help full to have a friend there to assist. Good luck.

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