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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Oil is seeping out of the shifter shaft gasket on my 1993 gl1500. Anyone ever changed one of those before? It's dripping down onto the pipes and smokin me out!

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Hello from the snowy eastern Canada, Not sure about your '93 but I just did my '96 last week, Lower Manifold - remove gear shift - pick out old gasket with small screw driver / awl - cover end of shaft with tape to protect new gasket & slide it on. "Gently" tap it in with a socket. Good luck & enjoy the ride.

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Thanks for the reply. Besides the shifter and lower valance what other pieces must you remove to get to it??

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Possibly your crash bar if you have one & you might have to loosen the muffler clamp, that should pretty well get at it.

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WOW dude you gotta lava flow!!!.....easy way....put thick carpet down and lay the bike down...keep oil in bike....if your cool!!.... you dont have to remove anything other than shift shaft ...check it 1st...it might just need pushing back in......otherwise its dry and ready....jab it out....and replace it....use grease on shaft....if no burrs....if burrs remove em or cover them with tape to slide on new seal......you can spray all with carb spray and clean it all out...urge it back into place...u can use a light adheisive if you want but it should like.. kinda.. snap back in flush....push in even with something blunt and dont beat the crap out of it.....once flush its good....you might have to grind the shifter shaft to go back in without a fight!!.....muster up some hawaiian energy and lift the machine back up...peice o'cake!

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Wow! Lay the bike on it's side? That's radical but a neat idea.Sure can use the access..it's tight in there. It won't leak oil every where and smoke when re-starting? Won't crush any of the plastic??? My Mom lives in San Jose!

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Cool hawaii!....yeah make sure you pad the right areas if you got lotsa lights etc....i have done about 1/2 dozen seals and it's all good!...just let oil settle for 10 mins...are you in islands now?...you can look me up when you visit!!... i ussually got a few extra wings in the barn!!.....i scuba dive in maui....in caves with sharks....its awesome!.

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When I replaced my seal, I had a heck of a time getting the shift lever off the post past the frame. It was a VERY tight squeeze and almost didn't respond to my worrying it off. I ground a little off the lever before trying to put it back on - not much.

Nobody seemed to have ever had that problem before when I posted my requests for help, but afterwards I saw a number of references to the same problem. You may have no problem at all, but then again . . .

Other than that, replacement was a piece of cake.

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hey h, i have 88-1500, pushed seal back in, doesnt leak, put washers on shaft after seal, put back together, no leak
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Is it hard to find a washer w/ a hole big enough for the shaft?

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