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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-17-2016, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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So I had a look at the splines today

Yea so I it looks like I am one of the lucky few that has no lube from the factory on the splines. On the bright side they look pretty good. there is some slight where on the drive side but the coupler looks o.k. I wish I would have looked sooner but still not too bad. The bike is 2004 and it has 18000 miles on it, it had 15000 when I bought it last June. I added some not too great pictures ( Couple of posts down)of what I found in there if anyone is interested,I couldn't find any Honda moly 60, I am going to use some loctite moly paste, it says it is 65% moly so should be good to go.

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probably need to reset some permissions on the pics.. I cant see em unless I log into dropbox (I dont have an account).

also by one of the 'lucky few', you actually the majority... LOL

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Ok well I'll see if I can figure out how to post the pics in the post, I tried to upload to gallery but the files are too big . Once I cleaned everything up it all looks pretty good. Ill have to put it back together tomorrow 'cause gotta go to work now. I'm not sure what to use to lube the drive shaft bolts, I guess just a bit of regular grease.
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by drive shaft bolts, you mean the 4 you remove to take the final drive off the swingarm to gain access to the splines, right?

those dont need any lube, other than maybe some anti-seize. Also, at least on mine they are studs with nuts

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No, I am changing the tires also. I mean the actual drive shafts/spacers...etc...
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nothing needed for lube, if anything just a film of grease..

also, the splines that engage the rear wheel from the final drive unit need very little grease.. too much will cause it to sling out all over the wheel during riding, and when the rear is good and hot after a long ride, it will drip out..

Ask me how I know..

Previous owner had them gooped up like they thought it was gonna prevent the drive shaft splines from rotting away... what a mess it made

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Thanks, Good info. It looks like there is some small amount of grease in there, not really a mess though. Some was liquified, so I'm thinking just some cheap grease was used or maybe it's just old.
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Yeah, we've seen worse. Like dry powdered rust and all the splines rounded off.
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You probably caught it just in time. My 2003 was dry at 13,000 mi. and was just starting to make the red dust.

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