Rear end maintenance performed.........
Even though my new to me 98 has only 8k miles on the clock I decided to pull the rear wheel and check the splines.
I am glad that I decided to check them.
They were greased but the grease was pretty nasty.
There was grease present on the bottom of the final drive so, I pulled it to clean it up and inspect it.
I quickly noticed that the O-ring was missing.
It's Hard to believe that any qualified mechanic would fail to replace such a crucial item.
I got lucky and found an O-ring at my local hardware store that was just the right size.
When I pulled back the boot to inspect the front of the drive shaft, I got another surprise.
There was NO lube at all.
Apparently the shaft had never been lubed.
Having fingers that are too fat to get into that space and properly lube it and not wanting to pull the swing arm I went with some lithium spray grease.
It's well lubed now and the splines looked good except for being dry so I dodged a big bullet.
I do have one question:
Is the spray grease good enough or should I pull the shaft (swing arm and all) and lube it with some high quality grease ?
The oil in the final drive was ready to be changed as well.
It has been drained and refilled with synthetic gear oil.
I bought the bike from my father in law.
He didn't do his own maintenance, he took it to the dealer.
So, it was the dealer who didn't replace the O-ring and never checked or greased the driveshaft.
The reason that I perform what maintenance that I can on my own bikes is so that I know it's done right.
This serves to reaffirm that !