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Significant repairs
Written by Leland Sheppard on 9/4/2012 at 12:00 am

Hi Coasters,

Just an FYI...

At my last service, my mechanic discovered that my '89 had something
that was binding the rear wheel. He was pretty sure it was the
universal joint. There also was a problem in that a seal in the final
drive had let go and most of the fluid was gone out of the final drive.

I found a final drive assembly on ebay (cyclenetparts) for a reasonable
price ($49.95 with only 34,000 miles on it) and ordered that. I already
had a new universal joint that was waiting to go into the '94 when we do
the engine swap. I borrowed that u-joint for the '89.

We did the repair this morning. As my mechanic suspected, the u-joint
was bad. So we replaced that as well as the final drive assembly.

Turns out the drive shaft was pretty badly worn too; the teeth at the
rear of the drive shaft are showing significant amounts of wear. As a
result, I ordered a drive shaft from the same folks off of ebay today
($19.95 plus shipping) and we will install that the next time I have a
set of tires mounted on the bike.

This is the first significant repair on this bike since the stator was
replaced about 90,000 miles ago.

I took the bike to work today, after the repair. 85 miles today with
about 70 of it at 75mph. Running like a champ again...

Leland

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Leland Sheppard
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Message Thread for message #116239

Leland Sheppard
9/4/2012, 12:00 am
Significant repairs
Hi Coasters,Just an FYI...At my last service, my mechanic discovered that my '89 had something that was binding the rear wheel. He was pretty sure it was the universal joint. There also was a problem in that a seal

    revconprince
    9/4/2012, 12:00 am
    Re: Significant repairs
    Did it vibrate on/off throttle, or did it just lock without warning?

    Leland Sheppard
    9/4/2012, 12:00 am
    Re: Significant repairs
    Hi,

    Jerry
    9/5/2012, 12:00 am
    Re: Significant repairs
    Leland,Why didn't you try a VT final drive swap? The parts would have been cheaper and the RPM's lower. Just curious.Jerry

    revconprince
    9/5/2012, 12:00 am
    Re: Significant repairs
    Interesting. I had one go in my Goldwing. It did vibrate off throttle. I basically had one day of commuting that something wasn't right. Knew I had to check it out, but being the end of a long day, I forgot about till the nest morning when I drov

    Leland Sheppard
    9/5/2012, 12:00 am
    Re: Significant repairs
    Hi Jerry,

    Tom Rhoades
    9/5/2012, 12:00 am
    Re: Significant repairs
    Leland, I totally agree with you on the lower rpms. Regarding things that oould be better I have to add easier access to the battery.Tom

    Wade
    9/5/2012, 12:00 am
    Re: Significant repairs
    Leland,Agree on the final drive Stuff, unless MPG would work -- I could go one gear lower;-)However - this may not be fair as I don't know what could have been done in '89. Would like the thing you suggest but perfection in

    spacetiger_jc1981
    9/6/2012, 12:00 am
    Re: Significant repairs
    Understand on the top end gearing, but it is a nicer overall change for all gears.They made more VT1100's than PC800's, so prices are a bit better:

    Jerry
    9/6/2012, 12:00 am
    Re: Significant repairs
    Oops, didn't take a closer look, that part didn't look so good. This one is better at $59.99 + shipping ($17.25). But it comes with driveshaft and ujoint. You could have offered $50 ans they would take it.

    wynndungey
    9/6/2012, 12:00 am
    Re: Significant repairs
    As a person who has had 4 cylinder bikes and the buzzyness that comes with them, the PC's relaxed manner with standard gearing is just fine with me. This is a fix for a problem that doesn't exist.

    nanwillow
    9/6/2012, 12:00 am
    Re: Significant repairs
    There are only four year models of the VT1100 rear end which are compatible with the PC800. You will need to research the file information to know which years. Lots was discussed a year to two ago. Nancy '94PC