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I'm with all the others, that through personal experience would be tempted to suggest youget at that cardan joint (U-joint) asap . There is no roadside repair for that :( . Peter
Thanks all for the advice. I will not ride the bike -- it sounds like a definite safety concern. My local "former Guzzi mechanic", a guy named Louis Bringer, seems to have disconnected his phone, so I will probably be attempting this repair myself. The parts don't look hard to get or *that* expensive. Since my T3's was built in '75, apparently it may have the earlier Ambo-style u-joint and carrier bearing (according to MG Cycle) so I will take it apart and see if I can tell the difference. I assume that my "clutch slipping" problem was actually related to the driveshaft bits eating themselves. I'll post pics when I get it apart.
Destroyed swingarm. It was exciting.
850T models have the earlier u-joint. 850-t3 with disc brake in rear use latter u-joints.
I am not saying this has anything to do with the mineral oil flush, maybe its part of whatever was making my clutch slip? Any thoughts?
These threads are the absolute best learning devices for the Moto Guzzi newbies like myself.Mucho thanks to all who contributed.
That's weird though...the shock absorbers don't need to be taken off to do a clutch flush so the swinging arm will still be held up.Can't conceive why you would do that to do this procedure but open to enlightement .
I would not have made it through Guzzidiag without Gonzo, Paul Brooking and (of course Beetle’s tutelage).Maybe I would have gotten there, but would not have had the guts to try…
Maybe I did the flush wrong, but I didn't have the bike in gear. I had it up on the center stand, in neutral, and started the bike, revved it in neutral, and flashed the clutch open and closed a bunch of times. So the u-joint wasn't spinning.
I’m not looking forward to changing that carrier bearing if/when I need to
You ought to be fine. Certainly made a fine mess, didn't it?
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