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Old 08-07-2010, 01:31 PM   #11
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Yes it took a while. Mostly my fault I got busy at work and didn't pursue it. Bad news though "Seruzawa" was right, you cannot do anything to the crossdrive without pulling the engine. The mechanic had it a week & looked at it every way he could, but came to the same conclusion. 2 full days of shop time for an estimate of around 1K$. Too much for a 25 year old bike, sad to say.

It is an easy fix, but you have to do so much hard stuff to get to it that it is cost prohibative. I'm looking at some other options & I will let you know if I get it running again. Thanks for all the help/advice.
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Old 08-08-2010, 01:09 PM   #12
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Yes it took a while. Mostly my fault I got busy at work and didn't pursue it. Bad news though "Seruzawa" was right, you cannot do anything to the crossdrive without pulling the engine. The mechanic had it a week & looked at it every way he could, but came to the same conclusion. 2 full days of shop time for an estimate of around 1K$. Too much for a 25 year old bike, sad to say.

It is an easy fix, but you have to do so much hard stuff to get to it that it is cost prohibative. I'm looking at some other options & I will let you know if I get it running again. Thanks for all the help/advice.
You can do it if you buy the Clymer manual and follow the directions. You don't need to drop the engine completely. Just get it loose on a jack and lower it a few inches. Or block under it and raise the bike. It'll take a couple weekends probably but might be worth it if the bad seal is all that's wrong. It's not a difficult job as much as a time consuming one since you have to dismantle so much stuff to do anything on the bike.

I've pulled to crossdrive from a VF700C by just lowering the engine a bit and pushing it forward. The engine assembly is so damm heavy that you really don't want to try to pull it completely and then try to line it up again if you don't have to.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:47 PM   #13
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I've been studying this & I may be crazy but it looks like all I need to do it take the "output gear case" off. Are there any hidden gotchas to taking the drive shaft off and taking the 7 bolts that hold the case on out? Looks simple, so I'm afraid that I'm missing something. From looking at the shop manual I've got ('83 Honda dealer shop manual) it looks like the transmission main shaft will not be disturbed if the cover comes off. I can see lots of problems if this shaft pulled out, but for the life of me I cannot see how it would come out with the gear case cover. If it will turn ugly please stop me before I make things worse!!!

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I've been studying this & I may be crazy but it looks like all I need to do it take the "output gear case" off. Are there any hidden gotchas to taking the drive shaft off and taking the 7 bolts that hold the case on out? Looks simple, so I'm afraid that I'm missing something. From looking at the shop manual I've got ('83 Honda dealer shop manual) it looks like the transmission main shaft will not be disturbed if the cover comes off. I can see lots of problems if this shaft pulled out, but for the life of me I cannot see how it would come out with the gear case cover. If it will turn ugly please stop me before I make things worse!!!

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