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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Final Drive Going Bad?

Guys,

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?

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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 10:16 PM
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That will be the best way to go is a trike take off. Hope someone around close could point you in the direction of one. Good luck and ride safe.

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There are several on Ebay right now
Here is one with less than 8000 miles on it.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/01-17-HONDA-...JYuZoc&vxp=mtr


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I would also have a driveshaft handy when you replace the drive. Clicking sounds (to me) point more to worn universal joints.



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Bartman posted step by step with pictures on a final drive swap on 7 -24-2016 and 7-25-2016 also Fred Harmon has videos available as well. if you can turn wrenches stay away from dealership. Make sure that the final drive is in fact the issue... good luck
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Just curious if the drive shaft and final drive on the Wings is an issue? I read about people having a spare in the garage just in case. I thought that was the benefit of having shaft drive, dependable, change the fluid and ride. I've never had trouble with shaft drives on any other metric bikes I've owned.

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Well, it's not unknown but I wouldn't say it qualifies as "problematic". If it were at all common there wouldn't be lots of unsold FD units out there...
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Just curious, why is the drive shaft and final drive on the Wings seem so problematic? .
If you look at the rear drive unit, the rear drive is a single-sided swing arm. The entire rear end weight is fed into a roller bearing. From the parts fiche it seems described as a 26mm wide bearing. The rear drive has to carry the support loads in addition to the propulsive loads.

On a bike like the GW1500 and the ST1100 the rear wheel loads are taken out by an axle shaft feeding the loads into a swingarm at two fairly wide points. The single sided swingarm allows for easier rear wheel removal.
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Thanks, that clears it up, Single sided swingers vs. the previous design with the typical swingers with an axle for support. I guess it's good that so many folks do trike conversions on the Wing, keeps us in low mileage final drives. Do sport bikes with single sided swing arms have the same issues, or is the lighter rear end loading easier on them?

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post #10 of 46 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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Guys,

I have the Fred Harmon DVD set but looking at each Disk I don't see anything about replacing final drive.

Is the Final Drive replacement covered on one of the DVDs?


Thanks,
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