Rear Tire rubbing agianst swingarm

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Rear Tire rubbing agianst swingarm

Post by louwortel » Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:02 pm

I've put about 500 miles on this 1987 GL1200 25,000 Interstate since I bought it 6 weeks ago. I noticed the rear tire was rubbing against the swing arm when I carry a passenger. Replaced the rear tire thinking that was the problem, but it's still happening. Tried max pressure in the rear shocks. Tried different tire pressures. I can't see how the wheel could be put on improperly but I had the new tire removed and mounted at a shop thinking they might notice a problem if there was one. Has anyone had this happen before or know what might be going on??

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Re: Rear Tire rubbing agianst swingarm

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:48 am

It's possible that a spacer was left out during reassembly. Which side of the tire is rubbing?

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Re: Rear Tire rubbing agianst swingarm

Post by goldtr6c » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:59 am

I just went through this with my 82. I thought I did a really good inspection of things when I had the wheel off for a new tire. Everything seemed tight. I just ended up pulling the wheel again and installing an All Balls kit. It takes only a minute amount of wear in the bearings to allow the wheel to move near the outside circumference.

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