Will back wheel come off 82 without final drive?


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Will back wheel come off 82 without final drive?

Postby halcombrick » Mon Oct 26, 2015 12:44 am



Hey guys,i got a question. Im a member of a few goldwing groups on facebook. I ask them about leaving the final drive in and just taking the wheel out like i have done on many shadows. I had my first blowout going down the highway and my bike is my only way to work so i need it going asap. Some say you can lay it on its side and take wheel off leaving final drive in,,some even say they have done it,,others say eont work no clearance,,I know especially wingadmin will know for sure,,one guy who said he left final drive in,,i have known a long time and know he is truthful,,i have a lightbar around the bags and am trying to save time and not have to remove it. Thanks for the help guys.


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Re: Will back wheel come off 82 without final drive?

Postby deanbw » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:22 am

well, with the exeption of the light bar (unless it has a removable center piece like the bag mount), yes the tire comes out fairly easy, it's easier to take the brake side bag off,(easy) then you can pull the brake remove the axle, spacer, slide the wheel to the left and roll it out the back.
The light bar may throw a monkey wrench in what would be an easy job.

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Re: Will back wheel come off 82 without final drive?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:21 am

halcombrick wrote:Hey guys,i got a question. Im a member of a few goldwing groups on facebook. I ask them about leaving the final drive in and just taking the wheel out like i have done on many shadows. I had my first blowout going down the highway and my bike is my only way to work so i need it going asap. Some say you can lay it on its side and take wheel off leaving final drive in,,some even say they have done it,,others say eont work no clearance,,I know especially wingadmin will know for sure,,one guy who said he left final drive in,,i have known a long time and know he is truthful,,i have a lightbar around the bags and am trying to save time and not have to remove it. Thanks for the help guys.


Absolutely it will. Have a read through How to remove and reinstall your rear wheel.

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Re: Will back wheel come off 82 without final drive?

Postby aznyaz » Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:12 am

Is there that much clearance between the wheel with the rotor in place, and the left swing arm to pull the wheel off the final drive? If so, can I do this with my '81 GL 1100?

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Re: Will back wheel come off 82 without final drive?

Postby aznyaz » Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:20 am

...and how easy can it be to slide the wheel splines back onto the drive splines. The tolerances on the splines are so tight that it's difficult to put them together even when the wheel and drive are off the bike. Maybe with the bike in gear, getting the wheel splines to mesh with the drive splines is a little easier, I don't know.

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Re: Will back wheel come off 82 without final drive?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:46 am

aznyaz wrote:Is there that much clearance between the wheel with the rotor in place, and the left swing arm to pull the wheel off the final drive? If so, can I do this with my '81 GL 1100?


Yes, you can. It is designed to do this, in fact.

The splines are a tight tolerance, but you can easily jiggle it and get it to slip right in when reinstalling it.

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Re: Will back wheel come off 82 without final drive?

Postby aznyaz » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:48 am

Cool, next time I change my rear tire I'll give it a try! Actually, I have to rebuild my rear caliper, so I'll try it then.

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Re: Will back wheel come off 82 without final drive?

Postby deanbw » Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:21 pm

"exeption", man I really need to proof read these things......anyway, these bikes are really pretty easy to work on. I think it's just all the plastic that makes them look intimidating, get past that and Honda did a pretty good job of keeping things accessible and serviceable.

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Re: Will back wheel come off 82 without final drive?

Postby aznyaz » Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:40 pm

I got lucky with mine. I've got Hondaline bags and trunk and they come off with just a twist of a key. Sometimes I'll ride around with out anything on (the bike, that is) and it feels almost like a naked wing. Now, If they would make a fairing that would come off like that!




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