Rear Tire Size Question '76 GL1000


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Rear Tire Size Question '76 GL1000

Postby 1grouch2u » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:42 pm



I'm just now getting around to getting my new/used tire on the wheel and noticed that the old tire is a 120/90-17 whereas the one I got to replace it is a 130/90-17. Am I likely to have problems with this difference in size? I read somewhere that there could be interference problems between the tire and the driveshaft part of the swingarm. I guess I'll know soon enough, but wanted to hear if anybody has had a problem with this. Most of what I've been able to research on the matter says the larger tire will do just fine, but if it's going to flex into the swingarm during cornering or something I'd like to know about it in advance. Thanks guys. :ugeek:



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Re: Rear Tire Size Question '76 GL1000

Postby Fred Camper » Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:20 am

I have a 130 on mine but it is a 16 inch Lester wheel. I believe it will fit if the shape is like what other brands that folks used. They go on and off easy enough to find out quick. Some have ground down the swingarm locally to gain a bit more room. like

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Re: Rear Tire Size Question '76 GL1000

Postby wjnfirearms » Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:01 am

130 is the correct size for a '77, so it should be correct for '76. The Honda shop manual says so, anyway.
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Re: Rear Tire Size Question '76 GL1000

Postby 1grouch2u » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:08 pm

4.5 H -17A is what my Honda manual says (the only one I can hold on to anyway- the one from on here :? ) -Now when I look it up it's (the crossover chart) is saying that the 120/90-17 is the crossover for that- I don't know where I got the idea the 130 would work - more of that pesky brain damage I guess- but somehow I got it in my head that it would. I don't have any tire spoons or anything smooth and strong enough to put the tire on without putting the tube in peril, so I'm thinking of taking it to the local tire store where they do a lot of tractor and wheelbarrow tires- so they should be good with tubes anyway- but I'd hate to have to shell out the money to do that then find out I bought the wrong tire and have to pay even more to do it again :roll:

What do you think? Go for it? :? :lol: :o

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Re: Rear Tire Size Question '76 GL1000

Postby Fred Camper » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:19 pm

I think it will squeeze in, you can mount it yourself on a tube only rim as only regular tire irons and an air compressor are needed.

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Re: Rear Tire Size Question '76 GL1000

Postby 1grouch2u » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:50 pm

Fred Camper wrote:I think it will squeeze in, you can mount it yourself on a tube only rim as only regular tire irons and an air compressor are needed.



Thanks Fred- yeah, if I can find some tire irons I'd be good. I've got a couple of big screwdrivers but I'm worried about using them- I've had the tire off one time before to patch the tube, and I don't know what went wrong going back together with it- if the patch didn't take, or if I nicked the tube going back on with it (it leaked and I ended up just throwing some 'Slime' in there) I've got a new tube and some of those balance beads so I can't go that route this time- and as best I can recollect it was kind of a pain in the ass (my right hand is screwed up from a stroke, waaa :oops: ) I'll go for it though if the 130 is supposed to fit. I don't expect the guys at the tire shop would put as much TLC into it as I would, but they would/should at least have the right tools

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Re: Rear Tire Size Question '76 GL1000

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:45 am

very tough not to nick the tube. But it will go on my hand except for the last 10 inches. Having a helper is nice. Some times a touch of air in the tube makes it less likely to pinch.

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Re: Rear Tire Size Question '76 GL1000

Postby 1grouch2u » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:38 pm

Jimminy Cricketz~! I really must apologize for redundant posting on this tire thang! I just did a Google search and found numerous posts on this very subject- Here! -And one even from yours truly! Well, at least I feel more confident on my selection of a tire. I guess I'll get out there and give it a whirl (may take a while though since I'll probably end up installing the balance beads a few at a time with just my fingers :lol: or maybe I'll rig something (at least that way would keep me out of trouble...) Thanks everybody!




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