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    Okay, dumb question time...I think I need to replace the nosecone bushings on my type 1 transaxle due to wear. I've been searcjing for info on this procedure but haven't found a definitive answer about the procedure that I'm looking for. Cane the nosecone be removed without taking the transmission out, or is this a transmission-out job. Wilma isn't out of winter storage yet and I have to remove the body to get a good enough look to answer this for myself.

    Not looking forward to taking my trike apart to put in a bushing!

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    In a car it is nearly impossible.

    I have done it in a car by removing the engine but not fully removing the trans.

    Now maybe in a trike with a way to get to the topside....and no engine bay to limit room.

    It may be possible to take the two big bolts on the frame horns out and pull the whole drive back and get to it from the top.

    I personally would take it apart....drop the engine and the trans.... especially if it is an IRS suspension (brake lines don't hafta come apart)

    On a side note.....what wore out the bushing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeathBySnuSnu View Post
    In a car it is nearly impossible.

    I have done it in a car by removing the engine ...

    On a side note.....what wore out the bushing?
    I don't know for sure, but here is the evidence,

    The shifter box was broken when I got it...a little welding and brackets fixed that.

    The shifter is off to the left side of the centerline of the tranny, so a universal joint is mounted just in front of the nosecone. I think this mis alignment may have contributed to the wear.

    You can wiggle the "hockey stick" side to side with your fingers.
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    I had the body off to fix a wiring issue and take a look at the transaxle access. I guess the best way to do this is remove the engine and then slide the tranny back far enough to get the nosecone off. Does it matter where I order the bushings? It seems there are two to replace.

    On another note my muffler baffles arrived. They are universal baffles from drag specialties for a 3" pipe. Perforated tube with end caps, and fiberglass packing. Luckily I was able to put them in the lathe and take enough off the circumference of the end caps to make them fit. The sound is much better as the "cackle" noise is gone and replaced by a less harsh rumble. I fired it up in the shop so it's hard to tell if the actual loudness has been reduced. Hopes are high, we'll find out when the rain stops.
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