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I have a oil leak coming from the rear wheel final drive any suggestions?

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Oil seal gone on the shaft cheap to buy but a bugger to get off as you have to strip the drive off andthen pop the old seal off with a screw driver then slide it of and next ge the new seal dap some oil inside then slide into place and rebuild also top up oil in engine

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The first thing to do is determine if the oil is motor oil or gear oil. If the oil is leaking from the final drive end( gear oil ) it will have to be removed and inspected for bearing wear and have the seal replaced. If the oil is leaking from the motor and then running down the swingarm, the final drive and swingarm will have to be removed to replace the output shaft seal.
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Depending on which side is leaking, it could indicate a simple seal replacement or something more serious like a failing bearing.

Leaking on RHS, is probably just a seal replacement. Leaking on LHS by the brake rotor and wheel may indicate a bearing about to fail. Put bike on center stand and get down beside the wheel. Hold wheel (with trans. in neutral) at 12 and 6 O'clock position try to move wheel by pulling and pushing towards yourself and away from yourself. There should be a barely discernable amount of play in the final drive bearing. Now, rotate wheel and feel/listen for grinding or other vibration that might indicate a bearing problem. If you have mechanical skills, you can drain the oil from the final drive an check for excessive metal particles.

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While it is not difficult to replace the seal, this usually indicates that the main bearing in the final drive has failed and pushed out/damaged the seal causing the leak.

Put bike on center stand and hold rear wheel with both hands and 12 and 6 O'clock positions. Try to move wheel by pushing towards the side of the bike in each direction. If wheel moves more than 1-2mm then you need to have final drive repaired. You can also remove drain plug at the bottom of the final drive and see if any metal particles drain out with the oil. Use a small drain pan to catch the oil.

Sorry, but likely not an easy seal replacement to fix this problem.

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If you've got OIL marks on the right hand side of the rear wheel, you've got leaks. That must get fixed or you will wreck the final drive. Keep the level up with 90wt Hypoid gear oil. Some of the seals for the drive unit are hard to come by.

If you have GREASE marks it's not so serious. That could be simply from over greasing the splines, although there is a seal that could be gone. To check, pull the wheel off and clean out the grease.
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only if seals leaked out the gear lube.
you need to check the fluid level first,
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