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How big a problem is this?

Im not sure how this is supposed to look on my 1990 gl 1500, but m guessing the drive shaft shouldnt be dripping. How badly is this going to hurt my pocketbook?
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Also looks like some activity going on at this joint
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Likely needs seals but first let me ask .... who last serviced the FD lube? I know a fellow who once thought a little was good, more was gooder so he leaned his way over to left and filled it fast and put the fill plug in before it came back out .... made a mess.

Fix was set it on center stand, remove fill plug and let it stabilize at lower edge of hole.

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Thank you. I have no service records, so im hoping its just over filled. I planned to replace this weekend anyway. It wouldnt surpise me if a quick fluid job was done right before sale because the oil and filter do look new.

Ive read enough on here to do it correctly this weekend.
But if it DOES end up being a seal, how complicated is it for me to do myself (scale of 1-10) ?
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Not difficult depending on if you have basic mechanical tools. Roughly, final drive needs to come out. 2hrs for in and out. Change the seal at both ends(incoming and wheel side) and reassemble. If parts are on hand it shouldn't take more than 3-4 hrs.

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The seals ,if leaking ,should have been replaced when the rear tire was replaced,if not then a leak is possible,I don't recall how many seals there are but more than one to do the job,that might be the moly grease leaking too.
The first picture looks to be grey moly lube,the second looks like it's from the pinion seal,
Looks like the drive spline has 2 seal and rear wheel has 1,I might be wrong so maybe someone else knows better,don't be shocked when you get the wheel off and see bad splines on the rear.theres also rubber dampers that require replacing too.

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But if it DOES end up being a seal, how complicated is it for me to do myself (scale of 1-10) ?
My guess is, there's a 99% chance it's a seal. Which one will determine how much work it will be to fix it.

SHAFT SEAL: http://shop.westernhonda.com/fiche_s...90&fveh=190489

Or, PINION SEAL: http://shop.westernhonda.com/fiche_s...90&fveh=190489

It may also be the rear motor seal, but that is fairly unlikely.

That 1~10 scale is impossible to determine without knowing your skill set and tool box.

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Im not sure how this is supposed to look on my 1990 gl 1500, but m guessing the drive shaft shouldnt be dripping. How badly is this going to hurt my pocketbook?
Pinion bearing is a fairly common issue on these bikes. The final drive holds very little lube. The assembly runs hot and many tend to forget to service them. If you put all 3 together you can understand why the bearing fails. Once the bearing fails the seal can't seal to the shaft as it is moving all over the place. There should be zero play in the input shaft at the final drive. Check that when /if you do the seal. If the shaft moves save the work and replace the bearing.
If the final is not noisy you might just run it and keep an eye on the fluid level. A few drops of oil can make things look pretty messy when mixed with dust and dirt. That would be completely up to you. Also be sure the vent is open. If it is plugged pressure can build internally and push the oil out.

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The rear end only holds 4.7 oz of 80-90 HYPOID gear lube.
Ck it on the centerstand- must be level with the bottom of filler plug opening.
Ck it before draining- lets see if thats half your problem

Does it have a new rear tire? Excess moly70 (or higher) applied to the spline shaft can get pushed out.
There are 3 tiny orings inside the hub/spline/moly area- assembly, often overlooked at tire change!

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edit: correct capacity to 4.7 oz. and Level with bottom of fill opeing

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Do you own a motorcycle lift- craftsman or harbor freight-- the type that 2 arms go under the middle of the bike?
What about a small 2 ton floor jack? a piece of cardboard, a mallet and a few scraps of 2x4?
those will make rear tire removal and installation quick and painless for 1 person.
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