rear tire rub


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steve allen
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1994 GL1500 SE
1995 CB1000

rear tire rub

Postby steve allen » Mon May 19, 2014 9:53 pm



I have a 87 1200 Aspencade and always run correct tire sizes. I have a tire that I've already put 5000 miles on it. Today, I took my wife riding as I have many times before, 115 lbs, and even though I raised the rear pressure a bit, I started smelling rubber and seemed bike bottomed out or atleast hit harder than normal. After 12 miles to friends house, looked and behold, tire edge was rubbing shaft side of swing-arm. She rode back home with friend, and I rode solo, no issue with rubbing. Bike still seems to have shocks pumped up by feel and gauges on board. Any ideas? Why tire would take notion to rub? Tire pressure is correct as well....thanks, Steve



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Re: rear tire rub

Postby Mooseman » Mon May 19, 2014 10:29 pm

Adding air pressure to shocks should not effect tire rubbing swing arm on drive shat or other side. I would check rear axle shaft for correct installation and torque. Also check the clearance between the tire and swing arm. Could be when the tire warmed up and expanded it was just enough to cause rubbing, when two up. What brand tires? Me bad.. also if the rear shocks have gotten weak the tire will rub near the top part of the fender and frame if it bottoms out.
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steve allen
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Joined: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:51 am
Location: theodore, al
Motorcycle: 1987 1200 Aspencade
1994 GL1500 SE
1995 CB1000

Re: rear tire rub

Postby steve allen » Tue May 20, 2014 6:57 am

Torque is correct, this tire I have already been running on bike for the past 5000 miles so far without issues. Yes, the clearance between tire and swigarm is 1/8-3/16 of an inch....same as running before. Going to take bike this morning and have it raised up on lift to check, wondering if one shock could be weak and causing tweaking in swing arm to cause tire rub.


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