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post #21 of 164 (permalink) Old 03-28-2011, 11:29 PM
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This Site is Awsome, just lubed spline

I want to thank everyone on this forum for the outstanding job of suppling so much valuable info. I purchased an 05 750 last July with only 5k miles. The bike is mint and I love riding it. It gives me a break from riding my Goldwing. I waited untill changing tires to check the drive shaft spline. After reading this forum I was not suprised to find a dry spline. I cleaned it up and it looks to be ok. If it wasn't for the great people on this site sharing info I am sure I would have met with disaster some day down the road. Just wanted to say THANKS and I am learning by the day. I look forward to adding my 2 cents someday. I love doing all my own maint. on all 3 of my bikes. Keep up the good work.
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Originally Posted by fergy View Post
(You don't get to see my rusty splines cause when I found them, I cleaned it up and greased them and put it back together so I could squeeze a few more rides out of it while I waited for my replacement parts to arrive.That was before I did this write-up with photos.)
I have attached here some pics of my splines, I would say that these are rusted pretty badly and I would imagine they need changing.

Thanks Fergy for the great tutorial
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post #24 of 164 (permalink) Old 04-09-2011, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, those are some nasty looking parts. The coupling looks like it's full of sand. Anyway, I'm glad you were able to get through the procedure. It's always nice to hear the reports!

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Clean it up and then decide if it needs replacing. Mine had a lot of rust color on it and was still in good shape.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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That's what I did. They look to be about 60% good. Rough estimate based on Fergy's pictures of real bad and good when clean. Since I can't find the part's used and n good shape right now, I'm gonna run em and see if anything turns up, or else i'll look at em again at the end of the season.
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Originally Posted by qweesy View Post
Great writeup, I am having a hell of a time trying to find some cheapy external snap ring pliers that will fit in the coupler my 50$ adjustable internal/External are too fat bought another set today all these parts stores have around here are the adjustable type.... they were thinner but still didnt fit to get the snap ring out, even home depot didnt have a set gonna try a couple other places tomorrow what brand are yours in the pic I cant make em out or the part number on the handle.
knipex are a bit pricy but they are amazing, thin, strong and available through ebay, snap-on, mac, matco, or any other tool vender, non adjustable can be bought individually or in a set... i have master internal and external set... FYI anyone looking for good/amazing any kind of pliers, wire cutter, look up knipex.... well worth the money... i'm a mechanic and put these tools through hell every day with zero complaints...

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Thanks - all done!

Just got a '92 and decided to investigate. Thankfully it looked good but I sure feel much better. The directions were perfect! Now onto the rest of the bike...
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Great writeup will be doing this soon as i have 2 new tires to put on
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Just finished the spline lube. Thankfully, my '89 with roughly 21k still had a good amount of grease. Splines and coupling looked really good. I was soooo relieved. Now I feel even better knowing exactly what's in there and when it was done.

Thanks so much, fergy, for the write-up. Next best thing to you being there.


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