Rear wheel noise


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Rear wheel noise

Postby t2oldbikes » Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:28 am



I am in the process of rebuilding the rear brake system.Originally thought the noise coming from the rear wheel was that of a dragging pad.With the brakes pulled off when I rotate the rear wheel there is a groaning noise in one area of the wheel rotation.When the wheel is rotated in the reverse direction the sound goes away or lessens considerably.Is this indicative of bad wheel bearings or a bad final drive
system?The bike is an 82 GL1100i with Comstar wheels.



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Re: Rear wheel noise

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:17 pm

I had the exact same thing on my 1100 when I got it. The noise was only there when the bike was on the center stand and the rear wheel was in the air - not when it was on the ground with the bike's weight on it.

First thing I tried was changing the gear oil in the final drive. That helped somewhat, but it didn't go away entirely. Then I pulled it apart and replaced the bearings and it went away entirely - so I am going to assume that was what the problem was.

The gear oil is the cheaper and easier route, so I'd try that one first. :)

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Re: Rear wheel noise

Postby t2oldbikes » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:54 am

Thank you. I changed the fluid but it did not go away.Kind of expected it since the fluid looked good.
May try checking to see if prior owner did not twist the gear carrier out of line but if that doesn't work will have to do the hard job on it.May have to do it anyway as the rear rotor isn't all that smooth and is at 6mm.

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Re: Rear wheel noise

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:10 pm

The bearings were really not that hard to replace. Honda has some special tools listed to do it, but if you have a look at the How to replace your rear wheel bearings article I wrote when I did mine, you can see the tools I made to get the job done. Once the wheel is off, it really shouldn't take you more than an hour to do them, even the first time through. It will give you the opportunity to lubricate the splines at the same time, which is always a good thing.

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Re: Rear wheel noise

Postby Bluto » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:11 am

I changed the bearings in mine also. It really wasn't too bad a job. With the age of the bike i think it is a smart move anyway.




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