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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-18-2008, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hi All,

Recently I put on new tires and brakes on my 1986 Wing. My question is in regard to the mating of the rear wheel and the drive shaft. The way I remember it was, when I took the rear wheel apart from the drive shaft it was a tight fit, seemed like I had to pop it apart. Got everything done and when I reassembled the wheel to the shaft, it all bolted back together ok, but there seems to be a very small gap where the wheel hub and the drive shaft meet. It is very small, like eighth to quarter inch gap or so. Took it for a test ride and everything seems fine but it was bugging me so I took it all apart again to see if there was an alignment that I missed or something. I have a service manual and there is no mention of any special assembly instructions. I could not find any alignment points so I put it all back together again then went to show it to a mechanic, they said it looked ok. The thing is these guys don't work on old wings and I am not sure of their knowledge about this. I have driven the bike about 1100 miles with no problem other than a slight whinning sound when I lean into the curves. I may be over thinking this and I was wondering, does any one out there have any knowledge or experience with this ?

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Did you install the two spacers in the correct position on the axle shaft during reassembly?

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Not too sure exactly what you're describing. The part with the splines that has the pins that plug into the wheel is called the driven flange by Honda. It goes into the final drive. There shouldn't be any gap where you can see the splines on the flange when the wheel is on the bike. It might be that the o-ring in the flange didn't get seated. I don't see how the spacers could be out of place because the caliper bracket wouldn't center over the rotor unless the spacers were correct. I can't remember but was there a washer on the side where the caliper goes?

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I checked the spacers and they are correct and like you said the brake caliper would not line up. I am not able to see the spline (male side from the wheel)that inserts in the drive hub (female side from the hub) as this is all enclosed when putting the two together. Right where the outer drive hub matches the outer wheel hub when putting them together is where I believe I have the small gap. When I pulled it all apart after the first assembly to double check, I checked to see if the grease I had put on the spline was smeared from inserting to the drive hub. The grease smearing appears fully on the spline so I felt it had inserted all the way into the drive hub, but I do not understand the gap. To help clarify, the spline which is centered on the wheel, inserts into the inner drive hub gear and the outer part of the drive hub appears to insert into the outer wheel hub, this outer part is where I see the gap as the drive hub barely inserts into the outer wheel hub, which would leave me to believe that water and road slime could get into thespline area and wash the spline grease away. Thanks for any suggestions or help.



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Any chance you could post a picture? There is something wrong, normally the splined area is sealed off by o-rings that prevent dirt getting into the splined area. There should be an o-ring at the base of the splines on the flange that blocks off the splined area from the outside so no dirt or water should enter.

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I will try to get a picture posted asap. I have a digital camera, but I have been having a few problems with the computer pulling them up. After I get the picture I will get to another computer to post.



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I got a few pictures and tried to post just one and the site says the file is too big, any other ideas?

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Yep, just shrink it down to below 100k. You can use a free program to resize, I like Irfanview.

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Looks hard to make out since shrinking, what do you think?
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Too blurry to make out, does your camera have a macro setting? If you can set your camera to a lower resolution it will make a smaller file.

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