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In the real world, what is involved in replacing the shifter seal? I have the covers off and in looking in at the shaft there doesn't seem to be enough room to get the new seal seated. What is involved in replacement of the seal?
 

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In the real world, what is involved in replacing the shifter seal? I have the covers off and in looking in at the shaft there doesn't seem to be enough room to get the new seal seated. What is involved in replacement of the seal?
Basically you remove the shift lever, pry the old seal out, and push the new one in.

I recall the challange being to remove the shift lever, as some bikes don't have enough clearance between the shift shaft and the frame... in which case you must take a dremal tool and grind a tiny amount of material off the shaft.
 

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I was actually able to get my shift shaft off ok but for the life of me couldn't get it back on. Bench grinder took care of that. Put some visible index marks on shaft and tranny shaft to aid in putting back like it was. You'd be suprised how much a couple of those splines feel like to your foot. Tight space but can be done without removing a bunch of pieces. :waving:
 

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Alex that's good to know but there doesn't seem to be a straight shot for driving the new seal back in.??? That's my question. Do the headers need to be dropped?
 

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It's easiest to drop the pipe on that side, but can be done without it. There's a punch mark on the shaft and lever that match up.
It's a simple job that stops an annoying leak.
 

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Ding Dong I sent you a PM. Check it out.

I also need to do this annoying leak fix.
 

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For reference - SuzukiStorm took a few photos as he did his:
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums...500-gear-shifter-shaft-oil-seal-pictures.html

Generally speaking the header does not need to come down, and if you put the shifter back on the shift-shaft BEFORE driving the seal (loosle-stack the seal on the shift-shaft first, of course) then the shifter can be more easily refitted (the shaft will have more play without a new seal holding it true), and you have an excellent surface to fulcrum against to pry the new seal into position (using the shifter as a flat and fixed surface, you can pry the seal into the case rather than "drive" in the conventional sense.)
 

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For reference - SuzukiStorm took a few photos as he did his:
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums...500-gear-shifter-shaft-oil-seal-pictures.html

Generally speaking the header does not need to come down, and if you put the shifter back on the shift-shaft BEFORE driving the seal (loosle-stack the seal on the shift-shaft first, of course) then the shifter can be more easily refitted (the shaft will have more play without a new seal holding it true), and you have an excellent surface to fulcrum against to pry the new seal into position (using the shifter as a flat and fixed surface, you can pry the seal into the case rather than "drive" in the conventional sense.)

Thanks Satan. That's what I was looking for. Looks like a great method for replacement.
 
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