A Heads-up for '82 Wing Owners


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rodee71
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A Heads-up for '82 Wing Owners

Postby rodee71 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:24 am



I bought a used Voyager trike kit a couple months ago. When I put it on my bike and rolled it out the garage, I heard a 'squeak' on the rear tire as it rotated. Investigating, I found that the tire was hitting the swingarm because the front of the wheel/tire was pointing towards the right side of the swingarm. I guess preloading the Voyager changed the dynamics of the weight on the rear enough to magnify the 'squeak' to the point where it was noticeable, since I had never heard it before. It took a while, but I found a thread on a Wing site that linked to an article that explained a factory defect that a lot of '82 Wings came with straight from Honda: a bent swingarm! The article showed a pic of the problem and explained that Honda issued a TSB about it, and recalled the '82 for a fix at the dealer's shop, where they bent it back to spec. I guess mine was never taken in for repairs. The bend in the swingarm is right at the mount for the final drive, and visible to the naked eye. I took a few measurements, and they confirmed that mine is bent.
Anyway, I plan on either replacing the swingarm with one from an '81 or an '83, or repairing mine myself. My employer has the facilities and I have access, so it won't be a big deal.
What's surprising to me is that I had a new rear tire installed last October at a very reputable Honda dealer (that I still would use again) and apparently the tech didn't see the problem.
So, if you have an '82, take a peek and see if yours might need fixing.
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Re: A Heads-up for '82 Wing Owners

Postby rodee71 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:45 am

If you're interested, I found the link that explains the problem. Go to: http://www.motorcycleproject.com/motorc ... _drive.swf
This may be a widely known problem, but I do a lot of reading online and had not heard of it until it happened to me.

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Re: A Heads-up for '82 Wing Owners

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:19 am

rodee71 wrote:What's surprising to me is that I had a new rear tire installed last October at a very reputable Honda dealer (that I still would use again) and apparently the tech didn't see the problem.
Ride Safe!



I would be willing to bet that the tech probably wasn't born when your GoldWing was built.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: A Heads-up for '82 Wing Owners

Postby Sagebrush » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:50 pm

Anyway, I plan on either replacing the swingarm with one from an '81 or an '83,


Be aware that the swingarm for the 80-81 model years is different (narrower) than the swingarm for the 82-83 model years. The propeller shaft (drive shaft) is different as well. Stick with one from an 82 or 83.

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Re: A Heads-up for '82 Wing Owners

Postby 280shooter » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:47 am

Thanks for the info.




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