Tire rub


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bishoptnvol
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Tire rub

Postby bishoptnvol » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:40 pm



New to the site and just got my first goldwing, its a 1978 GL1000 and it has a tire rub, looks like it is rubbing on the shaft drive. The rear tire is 140/90 16. Can I go to a littler width or do I need to go to a 17 in wheel, have read that 17 in wheel is what came on the bike from the factory. Anyone got any info. or advise.



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Re: Tire rub

Postby jamiegl1800 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:46 am

The rear wheel on a GL1000 should be 17" and tire size is 4.50H 17A that`s old. The new is 110/90 - 17.
So a 140 will be to wide.
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Re: Tire rub

Postby bishoptnvol » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:21 pm

Thanks for the info. Can I use the 16 in. wheel with a 110/90 16 or do I need to get a 17 in. wheel?

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Re: Tire rub

Postby Fred Camper » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:19 pm

Step back a second. A 17 came on the bike, but many folks put 16 inch rear wheels on so they could run a wider tire. A 130-90-16 67H tire on the 16inch rim is what I run, and it has good clearance and never rubs.

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Re: Tire rub

Postby bishoptnvol » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:15 pm

Thanks Fred just what I wanted to hear.

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Re: Tire rub

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:00 am

Folks that run a 140 in the rear need to grind away material on the shaft drive. And lots of material needs to be removed. Some end up exposing the shaft. So a 130 tire just seems like a better compromise.




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