rear wheel bearing problem


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Big-Bob
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rear wheel bearing problem

Postby Big-Bob » Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:07 pm



I just removed the rear wheel from my '85 LTD, removed the splined flange, and the bearing just fell out. I read in the Clymer manual that some of the '85 models had this problem, and there was a recall way back when the bikes were new. Apparently Honda replaced the bearings with larger diameter ones, which ft tight. This bearing is very loose, and there is a ridge all the way around the outside edge of where the bearing goes. You can feel it with your fingernail. The bearing goes past this ridge easily, and when only halfway pushed in, it is still loose. It is very possible this bearing has been in there for 93,000 miles. The thing is, there does not appear to be any damage, either to the bearing or the wheel. Nothing is chewed up or worn unevenly. I am assuming the ridge was caused by wear to the inside of the wheel hub from the bearing being loose. Need opinions here. Is it likely the wheel is too badly worn, and is junk, or will an oversized bearing fit in it ok? Unless it is obvious the wheel is worn too much, does anyone know what the part number is for a sealed bearing that will fit? Thanks, Bob



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tech1
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Re: rear wheel bearing problem

Postby tech1 » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:52 pm

This is repairable. I had the same problem. You will need to take it to a good machine shop and they can bore it out a bit larger and install a shim. I did mine and it is is good. I think it cost me about $80. I did buy an extra wheel before a found a machine shop to do it. I now have an extra wheel. So just repair yours and it'll be OK.
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tech1
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Re: rear wheel bearing problem

Postby tech1 » Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:01 pm

Oh sorry use orginal size bearings I bought normal sized and had took them to the machine shop and they fitted them to the wheel with a spacer. You then can get bearings anywhere if you ever need to replace them because the original size is what you need.
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Re: rear wheel bearing problem

Postby Big-Bob » Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:05 pm

Thanks. I emailed a guy in Canada named Bob Henshaw, and he is sending me the correct spacer, which already has the correct inside diameter for the original size bearing. Then I'll take it to a machine shop, have it machined out, and the spacer pressed in. Then I can install a new original sized bearing.

I did not realize the extent of this issue until I did more research after making the first post. Seems this was a very common problem on both '84 and '85 Goldwings. Bob




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