I have posted this many times........
Final drives are all the same... this 08 fit my 02 just fine... you can see the brake hose clamp that was already mentioned. I left the 08 brake hose holder on since I'm looking for the longer 08 brake hoses.
What is different is the drive
shaft part numbers for a GL1800 2001 through 2005 are;
shaft length for the GL1800 2001 through 2005 is;
49cm or 19 5/16 inches.
shaft part numbers for a GL1800 2006 through 2008 is;
shaft length for the GL1800 2006 through 2008 is;
51.5cm or 20 1/4 inches.
In this photo the top drive line
is from a 2008 GL1800 that was triked.
The bottom drive line
is the one I ordered from HDL for my 2002.
lines are identical until you get past the u-joint.
I might also mention that there seems to be a difference in swing arms as well. But I have not been able to figure out why yet. I've not had to remove my 02 swing arm. I suspect it has more to do with the engine then anything else.
2001 Swing Arm is Part Number 52100-MCA-000
2002 & 2003 Swing Arm Part Number is 52100-MCA-780
2004 through 2008 Swing Arm Part Number is 52100-MCA-A20
Originally Posted by Pigeon Roost
Thanks everybody. Larry, in regard to your photo of the two drive shafts, specifically the longer sleeve on the newer everion; did you notice if the drive splines inside that longer shaft were cut end to end. That is, would it be as simple as having the extra length cut off of the newer version? prs
I never checked before, so I dug them out of the box and took a look. From this photo you can see that the splines are recessed a bit, a little over 1/8th of an inch.
In the following photo take note of the dark sections on each drive line
. That is the discoloration from machining the splines and marks the location of the splines. Notice the top drive line
from my 02 Wing. The spline section is very short. The lower drive line
is from an 08 Wing. While there is more spline, it is mostly in the section that would have to be cut off to match an early Wing. It appears you would wind up with about 1/3 less spline length then an early model wing. So in my opinion it would not be a wise thing to try....
I also measured the long portions of the two drive
lines, something I didn't take note of before. There is a 1/8th inch difference between the two. The 02 drive line
long section is 15 5/16th inches. The 08 drive line
long section is 15 3/16ths inches. Probably doesn't mean much, but it was something that I noticed this time around.
Originally Posted by oldturtle
Re price, I bought brand new 08 rear end with brake disc at buy it now price of $200 plus shipping of $40. Some have picked them up for less. Seems like the drive shaft has few reported failures compared to rear end so may not be worth while to stock up on drive shaft until you actually need one if ever. Might be better idea to pull original drive shaft and inspect/lube splines rather than buying a spare.
True, most folks are replacing the final drive
as a preventive measure. It just makes sense to do both while you're in there. There are many points of failure concerning the the Wing drive
shaft. The obvious and most often part is the U-joint. However, failures have also occurred within the long portion of the drive
shaft. It is a tube within a tube bound together with a rubber sleeve most of its length. The splines themselves can also fail. The big plus for late model wing owners is they can score the final drive
shaft and do both with little outlay in cash. Those of us with the older model wings using the shorter shaft don't get to use those drive