Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Northern New Jersey
Removing circlip in driveshaft coupling
I am trying to remove the coupling from a used driveshaft to replace the one on my bike, which is shot but am having a bear of a time getting the circlip off. I even bought the Klein pliers referenced in the spline lube procedure and even with the driveshaft on my lap, in a well lit area in the comfort of my air conditioned living room I cannot seem to get it off. Any hints?
Once the clip is off, how tough is it to remove the coupling itself?
If it is this difficult indoors how tough will it be to get the bad one off of my bike? Am I better off just replacing the driveshaft?
What is involved in swapping out driveshafts? Is it a lot more work? I'm doing all this in the parking lot of my apartment complex so I was hoping to minimize the amount of time wrenching out there as it takes considerable effort to set up shop in a parking lot for a protracted project-- and garage space is not available to me anywhere-- so I have to accomplish things like this in discrete chunks so I can put the bike back together (more or less) in between fixin' sessions.
Passaic County, NJ
1994 VN 750
April 2011- 30K miles
TOC MCCT 4/2012
New-to-me extended backrest 5/2012
Tourmaster bags 5/2012
Replaced driveshaft coupler and final drive-- ignored the spline lube recommendation too long and got burned 8/2012
Back on the Road 9/2012
NGK Iridium Plugs 7/2013
New AGM battery 4/2014