Wheel interchange for '77


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RonHolly
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Wheel interchange for '77

Postby RonHolly » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:18 pm



I would like to change the spoked wheels on my '77 GW to mag style wheels. Will a '78 or '79 mag style wheels fit as a direct exchange? Would I have to change the calipers and rotors as well? My front spokes are nice but the rear wheel spokes are rusty. I just never been a fan of spoked wheels. Thanks, Ron



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Re: Wheel interchange for '77

Postby Fred Camper » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:45 pm

The 1978 and 1979 had ComStar wheels. Early ones had some quality concerns so be careful. Lester made aluminum mags for the GL1000 and you see them for sale often. I have a less common rear Star Mag but no front one. So if you find a front Star, I can make you a deal on the rear.

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Re: Wheel interchange for '77

Postby RonHolly » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:07 pm

Do you have any pics? Are they a direct fit compatable with my rotors and calipers?

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Re: Wheel interchange for '77

Postby Old Fogey » Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:12 pm

The 78 / 79 Comstar rear is a direct fit. It also uses the same rotor as the wire wheel.

The front Comstars will also fit but not as a direct swap. The hub is narrower so needs the correct axle spacer and nut, or you can use spacers to take up the 5mm /side difference.
The rotors are thinner and five bolt instead of six. The rotor bolts are also a different length.
You would need to shim the calliper brackets to centralise the callipers on the rotors.
The speedo drive is moved to the left instead of the right, so the cable stays on the fender are on the wrong side too.

As Fred Camper says, the early 78 Comstars had weak spokes. You can tell the later from the early by the slots in the spokes. The late ones have slots that extend almost to the rim. The early ones, most of which will have long gone by now, had shorter slots.
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Re: Wheel interchange for '77

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:54 pm

Here is a photo of the Star Mag which is a perfect fit for a 1977:


I road it two seasons after this picture, so the paint is not as shiny anymore. They were not painted from the factory to my knowledge, just a clear coat I believe.

Your best bet is to get a front mag specific for a 1975-1977. That way you do not have have to mess with the speedo drive or shim the rotors.

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Re: Wheel interchange for '77

Postby cfresco » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:16 pm

Hi,

I just register as member, and I want to do the opposite, I want to put spokes wheels to my GL1000 1978, do you still have those wheels?

Cordially,

Carlos

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Re: Wheel interchange for '77

Postby sfruechte » Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:28 pm

Lester made mag wheels for Goldwings back in the day. Depending how original to the period you want to stay but period correct parts can be more difficult to find, especially new or good ones.




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