Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube


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Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby Shinny33 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:58 pm



I rode bike with no issues. Rode with passenger and saw my rear tire on side wall was rubbing right side drive shaft tube. Had my r air pressure too high. Operator error. Lowered air pressure to 25 lbs and seems to be fine. Does this make sense. 1988 gl1500



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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby ct1500 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:05 pm

No.

Raising or lowering the suspension height should not affect the positioning of tire within swing arm. Something is broken, bent, missing, improperly installed.

What model and size is tire?
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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:57 am

The suspension air pressure should not affect this at all. Normally this is caused by insufficient tire pressure.

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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby Shinny33 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:29 am

Well I put miles on it with just me. No issues. Took a passenger on 200 mile road trip and not understaning the air ride put about 50 pounds in rear. When we got back smelled rubber. Looked at right side of r tire and saw a rub mark on sidewall. Looked underneath n saw the drive shaft housing was touching tire on right side. Saw the air pressure shouldnt be that high....too late. Lowered to 25 lbs and has sime clearance. I did raise r tire off ground. Checked for wheel play. Side side. Up n down. All tight. No unusual rtire patterns either. Im stumped.

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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:59 pm

ct1500 wrote: Something is broken, bent, missing, improperly installed.


Ditto what has already been said by ct1500. Something isn't right and it will probably take more to determine the problem than checking some air pressures.

When was the tire last changed? Who did it? I'd venture a guess that a spacer or washer isn't installed or installed incorrectly.
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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby Shinny33 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:41 pm

My tire is Dunlop 160. 80. B16. Thanks

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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby Dusty Boots » Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:57 pm

Remove the tire to see what is causing it! Something is not right with your tire/tire installation/bike

Could be caused by a rusted/rusting swingarm. It's usually the drive shaft tube side that rusts from the inside out, causing the outer tire side to swell, so don't pass up inspecting that if all else checks out

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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby Shinny33 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:04 pm

Ok thanks I will look at the drive shaft side closer to see if any rust or damage. If that is case wouldn't the rear tire sit off angle and cut my rear tire. It's weirded the tire wear patters are normal. Thanks

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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby Shinny33 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:57 pm

If I find the are rusting out. Can they be replaced. What is procedure if the arm is rusted or bubbled out. Thanks again.

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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby Dusty Boots » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:49 pm

Shinny33 wrote:If I find the are rusting out. Can they be replaced. What is procedure if the arm is rusted or bubbled out. Thanks again.


If it is rusted, it can be replaced. Look on eBay for a cheap source.

This is how you replace your swingarm

Also, when you have the wheel off, check the wheel bearings to see that everything there is good!


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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby Shinny33 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:53 pm

Ok I'm seeing the inside bubble on swing arm. I will be calling my dealer to get a price. There is no rust but a bubble pushing towards tire..when I let r air pressure down to 10 lbs I have clearance. I can't do this myself. I get price from dealer. Thanks again.

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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby Shinny33 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:42 pm

Took to my dealer. He said weld was bubbling out. Heated it. Repaired it n put new tire on. Good as new. Thank you

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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:47 am

I'd be curious as to why an otherwise solid weld suddenly decided to start bubbling out years after it was done. To me, the only thing that can cause this is corrosion.

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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby Shinny33 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:35 pm

Well the dealer said it had a trike kit on at one time. If not installed rite it could of put too much weight on angle n cause the factiry weld to break. He said no rust just like a stess crack. Put new tire on n rides great

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Re: Rear tire rubs drive shaft tube

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:20 pm

Interesting news. . . Glad it was repaired for you and hope you have many years of trouble free riding.


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