These yokes are not serviceable. The brg. caps are staked and no retainer ring groove machined.do you have enough of the old u-joint that a parts house could match up? usally if you have the cross and trunnion caps a parts house like Napa or a drive train specialest or bearing supply house can measure old cross and caps and supply new u-joint. when i had a 83 Yamaha Venture and needed new u-joint dealer was out of joint and said had to come out of Japan and would take several weeks and a cost of several hundred dollars. i removed old u-joint and took to Standard Auto Parts in Oklahoma and they measured it and sold me a Spicer joint for a P.T.O.for less than $10.00 that was a prefect fit. good luck!! george
I just had mine in for a 48K service and a new front tire. I replaced the u-joint while it was there because I had one go out on me around 24,000 miles. The old one looked good, but I did it anyway. I carry the old one in the trunk for a back-up. I did this thinking if it goes out on a trip, it would take several days to get it fixed.I had the bike in for service and replacement of the delron washer as well as a couple of other drive line items. This is being done in preparation for a long trip, 11,000+- miles, this fall. I thought since I have 36000 miles on the drive line, I would get the U joint replaced. The dealer said the one in the bike show no sign of ware or looseness and did not recommend replacing it. I said as long as everything was apart, go ahead and put in a new U joint. They were unable to locate one after about a week of trying, so the are putting the original back in. I thought if I could get a hold of a new one, I would take it along as insurance.
I feel fortunate to have been able to get mine replaced and now carry the old one in the truck since I had one fail on me on the trike. I also have a have a Valkryie and that u-jont that left me stranded at 80K iles on the Valk.Stuff and Rod,
For what it's worth, I have contacted several suppliers (even Honda Direct) and there aren't any available. I did find one source for a used one and it cost me over $100. I plan on sending it to a man in Colorado who has come up with a modification for these units that makes them serviceable and repairable. The reliability of these unit does not concern me as much as the availability (or lack there of). One source told me they had been on back order for over a year. These yoke assemblies are off the GL1500s and Valks, so Honda has little incentive to continue producing them.
Fortunately, I don't need one right now. It does concern me that I might be on a long trip and have it fail.
BTW, here's the link to the man I have been dealing with http://www.valkyrieforum.com/bbs/index.php/topic,28837.0.html.