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    Default Pinion Seal Headache

    I have a 2003 Goldwing 1800 w/a Champion trike kit. W/a Champion vin # 6265. I believe it is also a 2003. I was told that if the flange on the driveshaft that connects to the differential. Has nuts the connecting bolts instead of being threaded directly into the flange on the differential. Then that means it's a Toyota differential. The trouble l'm having is not knowing what model of Toyota differential is used by Champion. Did they use a Tacoma, or a 4Runner or what? I can't just go in to an auto parts store & say l need a pinion seal for a Toyota differential. If anyone knows what model of Toyota differential was used PLEASE let me know. Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trace View Post
    I have a 2003 Goldwing 1800 w/a Champion trike kit. W/a Champion vin # 6265. I believe it is also a 2003. I was told that if the flange on the driveshaft that connects to the differential. Has nuts the connecting bolts instead of being threaded directly into the flange on the differential. Then that means it's a Toyota differential. The trouble l'm having is not knowing what model of Toyota differential is used by Champion. Did they use a Tacoma, or a 4Runner or what? I can't just go in to an auto parts store & say l need a pinion seal for a Toyota differential. If anyone knows what model of Toyota differential was used PLEASE let me know. Thanks in advance
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    Popout the pinion seal and it should have a number on it and a auto parts store should be able to match the number.

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    Maybe not a good idea and you've already tried Google and You Tube....

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    Lee H. Mann on here is pretty well versed on Champion trikes as well as Lehman trikes.
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    Default Pinion seal for an 03' champion trike

    I just wanted to thank everyone on here that offered help with the issue l was having. I did manage to get the pinion seal replaced. I really wasn't in a position to remove the old one 1st to get a part# So I bought 3 different ones & luckily 1 of them was the right one. It's really a shame that there's not some sort of method. To tell what model of Toyota differential Champion used in their trike kits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trace View Post
    I just wanted to thank everyone on here that offered help with the issue l was having. I did manage to get the pinion seal replaced. I really wasn't in a position to remove the old one 1st to get a part# So I bought 3 different ones & luckily 1 of them was the right one. It's really a shame that there's not some sort of method. To tell what model of Toyota differential Champion used in their trike kits.
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    Default Pinion seal for an 03' champion trike

    The seal that l ended up using, was for a pre-2005 Toyota Tacoma truck. The Tacoma truck was much smaller before 2005. And Champion switched to a Suzuki differential in mid year 2006. The reason l ended up w/3 different seals is because l couldn't find out what model of Toyota they used. So l got a seal for pretty much every possibiity there was. The kit on our trike is a 2003, so l'm not sure how many years they used the Tacoma differentials. However, l doubt they used a lot of different models. I took the Toyota part# for the Tacoma 90311-38047. And they cross referenced it over to a National brand part #710525. Hopefully this will be helpful to anyone else w/a pinion seal issue. When l called the new owner of Champion, he was not very helpful. Other than he was able to confirm that ours did in fact have a Toyota differential.

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    Default Pinion Seal Headache AGAIN :(

    I wasn't sure how to go about making a new post. So, instead l'm just adding to my past post. The problem l'm having is that the leak @ the pinion seal, l had replaced has returned. I'm sure the correct seal was installed, because l had the auto parts cross reference the # off the one that was removed. The trike had less than 10k miles on it when it was replaced. The leak stopped for a short time, but then returned after a few hundred miles. I guess my ? to my fellow triker friends is. Did the person install the seal incorrectly or somehow damage it, or is there something else causing the leak? There's no vibration or strange sounds that l'm aware of. It's not leaking badly or dripping constantly, & if l wipe the oil off of it. It doesn't leak while the trike is setting, only after l drive it again, is when the oil reappears just behind the pinion seal area. Any help with this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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