For GL1000 owners only. Swing arm pivot collars


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Would you buy a GL1000 swing arm bearing kit?

Yes, I know I will need one eventually, if not right now.
3
43%
No, I just love my quirky handing!
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No votes
$150? Are you completely out of your mind?
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No votes
Price seems ok for obsolete part replacements.
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57%
 
Total votes: 7

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For GL1000 owners only. Swing arm pivot collars

Postby Old Fogey » Thu Aug 04, 2016 3:32 pm



Those of you with looooooong memories will possibly recall that I had some of these obsolete pivot collars manufactured for me. They were expensive due to the material and heat treatment process and very slow moving, so once they were gone I didn't do any more. That was way back, would you believe 2010? No, neither would I but there it is.
At that time possibly I jumped the gun, as there were still the odd few turning up in the NOS dealers lists.
However, you ain't not never gonna find nones now, buddy! :)

So I'm thinking of doing some more, but ......not until I can gauge what the demand is.

Most GL1000 owners, it seems, don't even know they have swing arm bearings, let alone service the things.
Yeah, I know they are not the easiest thing to get to for greasing or more drastic maintenance, but they can have a dramatic effect on the handling if they fail. Remember bearings don't last for ever, particularly ones that have never seen a lick of grease in years and, when the bearing goes, so does the collar. In fact, the original Honda collars are not hardened too well and get indented, which hastens the bearing failure.
(Have a look at these for a horror story of what yours could look like......)
http://www.wingovations.com/ruined-sa-b ... 4579471091

I have not yet gone back to the machine shop for a price, but obviously in the intervening 6 years things will have increased considerably. My intention would be that they only came as a complete bearing kit as making the most sense.

So an educated guess for the kit would be somewhere around $150 -$170 per kit, depending to some extent on the number I order, for which you get:
2 WinGovations pivot collars
2 needle roller bearings
2 needle roller thrust bearings
2 thrust washers
2 Randakk/WinGovations bearings seals
Full instruction sheets on removal and replacement.

Ok, what I'm looking for is not - 'Oh that's a good idea' but - 'yes, I would buy complete bearing kit', hence the poll.
You can choose any two option in the poll.
Thanks for your help, guys.


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Re: For GL1000 owners only. Swing arm pivot collars

Postby Old Fogey » Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:39 am

Bump!
(Got to be more than 1 GL1000 owner on here!)
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Re: For GL1000 owners only. Swing arm pivot collars

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:21 pm

Your link didn't post right!

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Re: For GL1000 owners only. Swing arm pivot collars

Postby Old Fogey » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:34 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Your link didn't post right!


You're right! Sorry about that.
http://www.wingovations.com/crankshaft- ... 4592773024
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Re: For GL1000 owners only. Swing arm pivot collars

Postby Maz » Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:39 am

Old Fogey wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:Your link didn't post right!


You're right! Sorry about that.
http://www.wingovations.com/crankshaft- ... 4592773024


I've cast my vote, John, but your second link takes me to the crankshaft bearing details!

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Re: For GL1000 owners only. Swing arm pivot collars

Postby Old Fogey » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:00 am

I really must stop doing posts when I've been up for near 24 hours!
This is the right one:
http://www.wingovations.com/ruined-sa-b ... 4579471091
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Re: For GL1000 owners only. Swing arm pivot collars

Postby Goboy » Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:25 am

Hey Fogey, you have my vote. Having quality parts for this key area would be reassuring. When you say "The pivot collars had to be prised out"
can you describe this as you have peaked my interest as to the condition of mine and I have the back wheel off now.
Your too small to ride a hog Billie!

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Re: For GL1000 owners only. Swing arm pivot collars

Postby Old Fogey » Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:48 am

It would appear that the link to the damaged bearings page also did not work.
Getting senile! Here's the correct link:
http://www.wingovations.com/ruined-sa-b ... 4579471091


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