Cracks in rear wheels!


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geezer2
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Cracks in rear wheels!

Postby geezer2 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:14 pm



I did several searches, to no avail. I was airing up tires this morning and noticed cracks in the wheel. Am I at deaths door or is this normal?
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BillyBarcode
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Re: Cracks in rear wheels!

Postby BillyBarcode » Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:12 pm

I don't see cracks...I see the seperate elements of a standard pressed steel Comstock wheel. There are several bolted-on sections of the wheel on each side, and I think you're seeing the seams. They are not welded. Can you point out where cracks are?

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Re: Cracks in rear wheels!

Postby geezer2 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:42 pm

I don't know how to modify and point. I'm referring to the "seams or cracks" at each bolt.

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Re: Cracks in rear wheels!

Postby BillyBarcode » Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:44 pm

That's normal. You have nothing to worry about (unless the bolts are loose).

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Re: Cracks in rear wheels!

Postby BillyBarcode » Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:57 pm

I'm assuming you are referring to the picture below. See where the arrows are...Is this what worries you?
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Re: Cracks in rear wheels!

Postby geezer2 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:25 pm

Yup... that really freaked me out!

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Re: Cracks in rear wheels!

Postby BillyBarcode » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:28 pm

Freak not, Geezer. It's all good. Those Comstock wheels have scared all of us at one time or another. Not one of Honda's better ideas, but they do work, and they don't break. Ride on.
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geezer2
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Re: Cracks in rear wheels!

Postby geezer2 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:00 pm

Thanks for the responses guys. I was a little wigged out when I spotted that. I feel a lot better. I'm not here too often, but you guys always come through. I've got to get some things done on this bike, timing belts, new tires and just general maintenance before I'm totally confident in her. But we'll get there. Having just retired I'm getting accustomed to doing what I want, when I want. That's really weird.... always had some where to be or something to do. Thanks again. Geezer

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Re: Cracks in rear wheels!

Postby BillyBarcode » Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:13 pm

You're welcome. I have another 3 years before retirement (I turn 62 this year), and am looking forward to it. I own a previously loved '83 GL1100 Interstate that I'm hoping to turn into a "bagger" or possibly, even a cafe racer, depending on how I feel when the time comes. If you are really freaked out by the wheels you have, see if you can get to a cycle salvage place and pick up the '83 cast wheels like on my bike. They should fit yours just fine.

I have found that both this forum, and Steve Sauders GoldWing Facts.com (http://www.goldwingfacts.com/) are excellant sources of information for the OldWings. If you ever come up North, we have the greatest roads to tour on -- in any province, but if you're in Alberta, you have to tour the Icefields parkway betwen Banff and Jasper National Parks. Great road, unbelievable scenery and some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. I have done some touring in the States, and can tell you that along your Pacific Coast and along your Eastern seaboard, you guys have some pretty awesome places too. If you ever do come up here, check out my profile, get in touch with me, and I'll have some Canadian Cold Ones waiting in the fridge for you. It'll be fun trading riding stories.

Bill




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