Uneven rear tire wear


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Uneven rear tire wear

Postby bernasj » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:01 am



I have theorized until I am nearly the same shade of blue as my 96 Aspencade, and will now swallow my male pride and ask for counsel. My rear tire, an E3 and the one before it, a Metzler wears more on the left side than the right. When I pull it into the garage and put it on the center stand, the dust and dirt picked up from the floor is noticeably scewed off to the right side of the tire. The tire kinda howls most noticeably when slowing down for a turn or to stop. I would appreciate any ideas. Thanks so much. Gday.



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Re: Uneven rear tire wear

Postby robb » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:10 pm

It is common, usually more noticable with low air pressure. I have a spare wheel with an E3 run at 36psi and it is more noticable at 10k than the one on bike with 13k at 42psi. Bad swingarm bushings is another cause, but that would show up in the handling.

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Re: Uneven rear tire wear

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:09 am

miss aligned..bearing worn?? slightly to the right side.
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Re: Uneven rear tire wear

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:36 am

Ya might read through this thread too.http://www.goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewt ... =6&t=12598

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Re: Uneven rear tire wear

Postby bernasj » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:24 pm

RBGERSON wrote:miss aligned..bearing worn?? slightly to the right side.


Thanks for your time RB. I checked the bearings thoroughly and nary a rock did I feel. As for miss aligned, I have heard of this before, but can't see how it can happen provided the swingarm and wheel bearings are good and all the spacers are installed properly. Any further insights will be appreciated. Gday.

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Re: Uneven rear tire wear

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:37 pm

Set up a test this is one way to do it there are several others ways to check this..bike on center stand..put screwdriver on end in visa grip, lay it next to the tire side wall..spin the tire the distance between the tip of the screw driver and side wall should remain constant if the wheel is true. If not the tire is cockeyed somehow. It could be mounted wrong..check the bead all the way around the tire..is it even???
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Re: Uneven rear tire wear

Postby robb » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:52 pm

Our group gets a laugh at how many bikes we see with a riding leaning to one side or the other. Very easy to set to side of seat for comfort and ride at an angle going down the road. Running with less than 20 lbs air in rear shocks can have same affect. If you ever notice the rear shimmy shake when hitting a dip in road it will wear the tire.

Low psi in tire can ride good but is bad on tire. Might want to check wheel bearings if it is real bad.

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Re: Uneven rear tire wear

Postby bustedwing » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:37 pm

If you carry a lot of junk (or maybe money) in your wallet and it hurts your rump, then you lean to the other side without realising it.
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Re: Uneven rear tire wear

Postby Kiwi2 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:39 am

As you guys ride on the incorrect side of the road (right) and the road camber drops to the right you will get wear on the right side of the tyre, however as we (NZ) drive on the correct side (left) we get wear on the right side.

Recommend you check the air pressure in the tyres as low pressure will cause excessive wear.

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Re: Uneven rear tire wear

Postby peppilepew » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:47 pm

Do you corner harder to the left? Turns are longer going left than they are to the right. We tend to press harder to the left.




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