re-installing rear wheel


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gerald collins
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re-installing rear wheel

Postby gerald collins » Fri May 20, 2016 9:54 pm



Hi Guys, After removing the rear wheel to replace a leaking valve stem, I encountered a couple problems. First the tire wouldn't pass between the swing arm and the final drive. Tough getting out also. Loosened the three nuts attaching the final drive to the drive shaft, and that gave enough extra space to squeeze the tire thru. When I took the wheel off I "found" a spacer of uncertain origin. It looks similar to the one on the left side of the wheel, but with slightly different dimensions. It happened to fit perfectly into the final drive on the right side which would abut it to the bearing on the right side of the wheel when re-installed.
Looked right to me, but I did not find it in my Clymer's shop manual. When I aligned the wheel with the final drive with the axle in place, I could not move the wheel into the final drive. It's about one inch too far to the left and will not budge, while spinning freely. I deduce that the spacer may have fallen out of position before the axle went into position and now blocks the sideward movement of the wheel. Anyone with experience in this matter?
Thanks, Gerald in Atlanta. Secondly, I plan to do away with my fairing and go with a simple windscreen. Any reason to keep the weight mounted behind the headlight?



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RBGERSON
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had every year from 75 to 83

Re: re-installing rear wheel

Postby RBGERSON » Sat May 21, 2016 8:08 am

HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Wilcoy02
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98 valkyrie sold 8/16

Re: re-installing rear wheel

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sat May 21, 2016 6:52 pm

If you take the fairing off the weight needs to go. Then you have the problem of getting the light bucket and turn signal ears to mount everything back in place. Thae ears are getting hard to find.

If you do away with the fairing and it has a radio/cb in it I am very interested in it.

Good luck.

gerald collins
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Re: re-installing rear wheel

Postby gerald collins » Sun May 22, 2016 6:22 am

Thanks. I will be selling my fairing, but there is no CB in it. I saw some aftermarket headlight ears somewhere. Do you know if any of them work, or do I have to find oem ears? I'll be removing the shocks today so I'll have more room to maneuver the rear wheel and find out what is preventing re-assembly. May remove the tank also and do a better job of cleaning it.
Gerald in Atlanta

bootskickn
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Re: re-installing rear wheel

Postby bootskickn » Fri May 27, 2016 6:07 pm

I let the air out to re install rear tire. spacer I think belongs left. I can photo it for you when I get home tonight..

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bruce swaybill
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Re: re-installing rear wheel

Postby bruce swaybill » Sun May 29, 2016 3:02 pm

There are two spacers on the left side of the wheel:
A plain cylindrical one between the swing arm and the brake caliper radius arm and a second spacer that has a small flange that fits between the radius arm and the wheel bearing inner race.

Hope this helps.
Bruce S.
Have a nice day! :)

gerald collins
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Re: re-installing rear wheel

Postby gerald collins » Sun May 29, 2016 10:24 pm

Bruce, It certainly does. I seem to have lost the cylindrical one. I have the one with the flange. What would you say are the dimensions of the cylindrical one? Thanks, G.

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98 valkyrie sold 8/16

Re: re-installing rear wheel

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sun May 29, 2016 10:30 pm

go to the top of the page how to articles and go to rear wheel. you will see the spacers.

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