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UJoint Question Help Please

Ok guys I have narrowed down my noise coming form the lower end of bike. My ujoint is loose, I am awaiting my tool to
take off that darn nut on the left side so I can drop the swing arm to get ujoint out. when I get it out can the UJOINT be replaced
or do I have to replace the entire joint and knuckle and if so can I get a new one or have to get off ebay or someplace else.
I am having withdraws not being able to ride the old girl and my girl is about to wip my butt she wants to ride to.
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Unfortunately, there are probably no new u-joints for a 1200 out there, non that I have found. Lots of used ones.

You mention that you have a loose u-joint, is it the u-joint or the splines? You can also have an issue with the splines on the prop shaft, weak prop shaft springs, final drive pinion joint splines, final drive pinion joint bearing being worn (had to replace mine when I bought my bike 19 months ago). The cush dampers in the rear wheel could be worn.

There was a thread on a fix for the u-joint issue. The fellow took the old u-joint out of the housing, had the housing machined to accept c-clips much like a car and installed an aftermarket u-joint. He found the NEAPCO P/N 1-0745 or the Quality Gear P/N 5-0400QG was a direct replacement. Here is the PDF on the work he did.

Hope this helps.

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Seems like the u-joint should come out without removing the swing arm.

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Guys I wish the joint would come out there is just not enough room for it to come out. and yes the ujoint is bad it has slap in the joint.
I guess I will try to get one off the net. thanks for the info.

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Unfortunately, there are probably no new u-joints for a 1200 out there, non that I have found. Lots of used ones.

You mention that you have a loose u-joint, is it the u-joint or the splines? You can also have an issue with the splines on the prop shaft, weak prop shaft springs, final drive pinion joint splines, final drive pinion joint bearing being worn (had to replace mine when I bought my bike 19 months ago). The cush dampers in the rear wheel could be worn.

There was a thread on a fix for the u-joint issue. The fellow took the old u-joint out of the housing, had the housing machined to accept c-clips much like a car and installed an aftermarket u-joint. He found the NEAPCO P/N 1-0745 or the Quality Gear P/N 5-0400QG was a direct replacement. Here is the PDF on the work he did.

Hope this helps.

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Bob Henshaw is also the fellow that was making rear wheel drive cushions for the GL1200.

At first the cushions were (You send him your wheel and he would install them) for, $180CAD. He would also bush the right wheel bearing bore for $50CAD if needed.

If I remember correctly management changed and he was no longer allowed to do after hours work in the machine shop.

I don't know if he's still selling the drive cushions.

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Bob Henshaw is also the fellow that was making rear wheel drive cushions for the GL1200.

At first the cushions were (You send him your wheel and he would install them) for, $180CAD. He would also bush the right wheel bearing bore for $50CAD if needed.

If I remember correctly management changed and he was no longer allowed to do after hours work in the machine shop.

I don't know if he's still selling the drive cushions.
Ken - talked to Bob Henshaw a while back regarding the cush bushings. I now have his kit to make these bushings - would have to source the rubber compound to suit. There are a few sets already done up.

He also included the gig to do the u-joint replacement and to upgrade the 84-85 rear wheel bearing to the 86-87 sleeved bearing upgrade.

Have a set of the cush dampers here with me. Still working on getting the kit out here from my brother's place in Ontario - quite heavy but working on a possible solution.

Also learned that he put a 1000 rear wheel rotor onto a 1200 - same size rotor. He removed the rotors from the centre piece and installed the 1000 rotor on the 1200 centre piece with new rivets. Have these as well.

In browsing these forums, have not read where the cush dampers in the 1200 rear wheels are that much of an issue, but know these can be. Have read about upgrading the bearing situation but machining is required, as is the case with the u-joint replacement as well.

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