Re: Check your drive splines ASAP if you have not already done so
'99 with 8k mi. After looking at all info ya'll put out over the
last 6 mo, I tackled this job tonight. Put the bike on the
centerstand, removed the axle nut with my 12" Crescent wrench
getting it between the swingarm and the stock pipe.
Removed both shocks and swingarm came down, but lower right shock
mount/bolt hit the pipe. Loosened all three 10mm bracket bolts
where the goat and pipe mount on the right. Flexed outward enough
to let the swingarm fall with the axle just below the pipes. Tapped
out the axle with a hammer.
Removed right side spacer and removed brake/hub to frame arm bolt
and hardware attaching brake rod to hub.
Pulled wheel to right and with it loose, cocked it 30 degrees inside
Loosened 4 bolts on rear spline housing and pulled whole unit out.
Pulled wheel out from between swingarm.
Was happy to see lots of grease (don't think it was moly though) on
Pulled off left side panel and popped off rear of rubber boot at
it's top at front of swingarm/driveshaft. Held it open at the top
with large screwdriver and shine flashlight inside. Not happy to
see no grease or lube of any kind on front spline or U-joint; dry as
a bone and a tiny bit of rust/corrosion on the front splines.
Condition of the metal is fine.
Stick a toothbrush into the cylinder of Honda Moly 60 grease and
insert it into cavity and brush on grease to the front spline while
turning the shaft with hand at the back. Get a reasonable amount of
grease on the front spline. Then take my Honda Spray lithium grease
and spray the front U-joint while turning the shaft at the back.
Then button up the rubber boot at the front.
In the back, take plastic teaspoon and load it up helping wise with
grease and put down the hole where the spring was and the rear
spline goes into the shaft. Do this again. Put the spring back
into the hole.
Put the wheel between the swingarm at 30 degrees and put the rear
unit back on its 4 bolts. Push on it and tighten the bolts in a
criss cross fashion till snug. Tighten with torque wrench to 17.5
Do a reverse of other steps above - axle tightens to 80 ft-lbs.
All finished. Before putting on the shocks and the axle was at
lowest point, I was able to fit my 27mm socket on the nut and torque
it to 80 ft-lbs. Then I put the shocks back on, right side first,
and torqued their acorn nuts to 22 ft-lbs. Last was to tighten the
10mm right side pipe/passenger foot peg bracket 3 nuts and then
install the left side cover. Done until 18k mi.
Went pretty well for me.
'99 in Nawlins'