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09-05-2013 06:13 PM
ruger
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Originally Posted by fergy View Post
Wow! Reading through this thread I kept thinking "you did this back when and now you're scared to try it?" All along I was thinking maybe the shop did something other than the splines. Can't wait to see the evidence...and results... I'm betting they weren't lubed at all.
FERGY! where have you been!!!!! glad to hear form you again! also, thanks again for that great right up/walk through on the "spline lube". I still have a hard copy that I use EVERYTIME, I do a spline lube.
09-05-2013 05:58 PM
fergy Wow! Reading through this thread I kept thinking "you did this back when and now you're scared to try it?" All along I was thinking maybe the shop did something other than the splines. Can't wait to see the evidence...and results... I'm betting they weren't lubed at all.
08-01-2013 08:22 PM
VN750Rider/Jerry Every other one of my spline lubes coincides with rear tire replacement. The other requires everything to be taken apart just for the spline lube. When I switched to the GD570, about 23,000 miles ago, I pulled the front bevel drive and the driveshaft, and cleaned ALL the old grease off everything, then put it all back together with the GD570. Won't need to ever tear it apart that far again.
08-01-2013 11:49 AM
ruger
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Originally Posted by VN750Rider/Jerry View Post
I do mine every 10,000 miles, but I would probably put it off till I got back, it's only 1,000 miles more. But my rear tires last close to 20,000 miles, and IMO that is to long, even using 73% moly paste.
This is why I donít want to wait to lube my splines until after the KY. Iron Derby;

1, they are due to be lubed. So why wait?
2, I have time. I have ďblockedĒ this weekend out, just so I would have time to work on the bikes before the Ky., trip.
3, piece of mind. If I do it before we go, then itís one less thing I have to worry about on the trip. I would really not be happy (let a lone the wife - hell have no fury- doh.), if the splines were to fail while Iím down in KY.
07-31-2013 12:36 PM
VN750Rider/Jerry If you had a dealer or shop do a proper spline lube, it would have been very expensive. At least a couple hundred $$$ in labor, maybe more. I usually make an all day job out of it, but go into a little more detail cleaning things than absolutely necessary, and take a few breaks. That includes BOTH ends of the drive shaft, the splines that engage the rear wheel, and a final drive oil change.
07-31-2013 09:45 AM
nopickles98 I think most of us would agree that you REALLY have to trust the shop and the mechanic to have confidence that any job was done right - and even many Kawi dealers might have a problem going down the street and paying the Honda dealer for some Moly, no matter what they said they used.
The farthest I've ever been into any engine is to set the valve clearance, but with all the resources and help I can find on this website, my Clymer and my free downloaded service manual, I don't think I would hesitate to tear my engine all the way down and build it back up (IF I NEEDED TO!).
Let us pray that it will never come to that!!
Dan, brother, let go of the fear. Don't TRY to do it - just DO IT.
Make sure to have plenty of your favorite adult beverage on hand to celebrate your success.
07-31-2013 06:56 AM
gibbo You may be right about dealers and "spline confusion". I also have a Honda CX500, that has splines that must be lubed or they grind away to dust, but they are the splines between the wheel and the final drive. The joint between the shaft and the final drive is lubed via a grease nipple. Incedently, it also fries its stator, destroys its mechanical pump seal and has "issues" with the cam chain tensioning. Also to change either the seal or the stator requires an engine pull. It's not just Kawasaki that sometimes design themselves into a corner!
07-30-2013 10:49 PM
blazblu82
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Originally Posted by niterider View Post
IMO, I don't think that most of this shops know what splines need to be lubed. Chances are that they did not lube the drive shaft slip joint splines.
I agree. When I had a shop replace rear tire for me, I asked them to lube the splines. I found the rear hub mating splines lubed, but not the slip-joint splines. The downloadable manual calls the coupler a slip-joint which I feel confuses a lot of mechanics.
07-30-2013 10:17 PM
niterider
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Originally Posted by Dan Prez View Post
I had a shop do it, however I do not want to take that route again and would rather try myself.

Dan
IMO, I don't think that most of this shops know what splines need to be lubed. Chances are that they did not lube the drive shaft slip joint splines.
07-30-2013 10:16 PM
gcextreme
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I had a shop do it, however I do not want to take that route again and would rather try myself.

Dan
Oh ok.

Its really not that hard if u have all the tools....
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