Gl1500 Swinging arm


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Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby Sidcar » Sun Oct 26, 2014 9:24 am



I'm getting the dreaded rubbing marks on my rear tyre where the swinging arm is starting to blister. I've been looking at this swinging arm on ebay. Looking at the driveshaft tube side does that look normal or has there been a repair?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Honda-Goldwin ... 2a4643e507

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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby dingdong » Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:56 am

Looks to like there is rust beginning to blister on the top of the right side arm where it starts the curve. Not normal. I would say keep looking.
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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:53 am

Yes, definitely looks like some rust happening here:


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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby Sidcar » Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:53 pm

Given that they are so prone to rust and that most second hand units are going to be a few years old:
Is there such a thing as a good s/h swinging arm?
Are they repairable?
Does anyone know the cost of a new one, horrendous I imagine.

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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby rjohnson » Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:56 am

New swingarm from the dealer lists for 282.45.

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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:05 pm

However...that price is in US Dollars, from a US dealer. Everything in England is far more expensive, and the cost of shipping one there from the US (they're heavy!) would be astronomical.

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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby Sidcar » Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:34 pm

Rusty swinging arm or not since yesterday, when the clutch went on my Saab, my Wing has for the moment become my main transport. Saab's only 20 years old, 163000 mls,does nothing last. Time for another car I think.
I had planned to ring the Honda dealer and price a swinging arm but need to sort car first.

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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby superblod » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:46 am

Are you seriously going to replace that swinging arm for that amount of (surface) corrosion. There is nothing wrong with that a wire brush, a spray with etch primer and hammerite would not sort. I have a 1990 GL1500. The swing arm is in a much worse condition than that. A good clean and painting is what its getting.

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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby rjohnson » Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:26 am

Just sayin'. If it were me and I had the tools, I'd take it off, clean it and re-paint it.

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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby Sidcar » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:09 pm

I've got the rear wheel out and as you can see in the picture it doesn't look to bad. In fact the place where the tyre is rubbing is not where the rust is.

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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby superblod » Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:02 pm

I must admit mine looked the same, but i decided to go the whole nine miles, remove it and paint it. It has horrible rattle. It has startef to corrode from the inside. The area you show in the pics looked symilar to mine. I didnt think i had an issue. Now im not convinced. I think i have had a pin hole along the "strip", allowing water in. Im in a bit turmoil myself.....:0(

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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby Sidcar » Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:12 pm

I think I'll bite the bullet myself and take the thing out. How long did it take you. Looking at how the arm is constructed, all these open seams, rust is inevitable.

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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby superblod » Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:08 am

I already had the bike back end stripped down, so to go the extra mile to take the swing arm out was no biggie. You'll have to remove the final drive and exhaust. You make be able to leave the heatshields and resistor pack in place (I already had mine out)

Its a big job to do from scratch!

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Re: Gl1500 Swinging arm

Postby Wingryder1 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:06 am

Reading this old post.. I was very surprised someone did not mention "trikes". For every conversion on the road there is a swingarm laying under a bench. And many of these conversions were made when the bike was brand new. Which means the swing arm is brand new. I think I paid 50.00 for mine couple of years back.

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