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getting ready to change the seal on my toe shifter on my gl500, waiting for the heat to go away first it feels like 106, any hints would be helpful
 

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Super easy. Remove the shifter arm, use a sharp awl or screwdriver to pry out the old seal. Try to only pry at the center of the seal, you don't want to scar the housing that the new seal goes in. The seal is rubber covered metal, so you may have to puncture the metal part to get a spot to pry on. Carefully lube a new seal with oil and carefully slip it over the shifter splines. Don't let the splines cut the inside of the new seal. Some guys will put a wrap of tape over the splines to prevent this. Then take a socket a little smaller than the case hole and tap the new seal in. Replace the shifter arm, check for good clearances when shifting, and you are done.
 

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You shouldn't have to drain the oil. There may be a couple of drops come out, but it won't gush out. Just have a rag handy and do it on your white carpet in the living rm. Then you can tell if you have lost any oil. Actually, your wife will probably tell you.
 

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Not to hijack this thread, But I believe I have an oil leak coming from the shifter on my 82' Honda CX500. By this post it seems like an easy fix. I was going to take it in, but was worried about cost. Is this easily done by a novice? Thanks in advance
 

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never done one, but seems SUPER easy
 

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As all have stated, an in expensive fix--seal about $5 and takes less than 5 min----even for a novice as me. I did mine 2 months ago.-- no leaks. Again no need to drain oil. Maybe only a drip ot two. Just follow BlueFox's advice.



Not sure if he stated but you should mark the shifter before you remove it--a punch or scratch. You must re-install the shifter on the correct splines.
 

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As all have stated, an in expensive fix--seal about $5 and takes less than 5 min----even for a novice as me. I did mine 2 months ago.-- no leaks. Again no need to drain oil. Maybe only a drip ot two. Just follow BlueFox's advice.



Not sure if he stated but you should mark the shifter before you remove it--a punch or scratch. You must re-install the shifter on the correct splines.


Thanks again!
 

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I've found that PTFE teflon plumbers tape is a better wrap to prevent seal damage when sliding seals over splines and other sharp protrusions.



Have actually managed to cut a new fork seal lip installing using insulation tape. Beleive it or not the insulation tape cut the seal.
 

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make absolutley sure when removing the old seal you DO NOT damage the shifter shaft...I replaced my shifter seal 3 times - and it still leaked - the reason was a PO butchered the shaft by pounding a screwdriver along the shaft to get the old seal out - and totally gouged two or three sections. the only solution was to get another shifter shaft and replace it when the motor was out for a stator replacement.



Even a Speedi-Sleeve was not able to stop the leaking...
 

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Does the seal need to be purchased through a Honda dealer or is something an auto parts store would have?
 

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Does the seal need to be purchased through a Honda dealer or is something an auto parts store would have?
over there id guess...honda dealer,tas, bikebandit,george fix etc
 

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Well, the project didn't go without a hitch, but wasn't too bad. If I did it again I would know exactly what to do. The new seal is in, the leak has stopped, and I did a fresh oil change w/filter while I was at it. Thanks all for the advice
 

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Well, the project didn't go without a hitch, but wasn't too bad. If I did it again I would know exactly what to do. The new seal is in, the leak has stopped, and I did a fresh oil change w/filter while I was at it. Thanks all for the advice
sweet,thanks for letting us know that all is well
 
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