1989 GL1500 front wheel removal


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1989 GL1500 front wheel removal

Postby GBKid » Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:21 pm



I recently removed my front wheel to have a new tire mounted on it and installed it back onto the cycle using your How To instructions. Thank you.

I later talked to a Honda cycle salesperson at a very reputable Honda Sales and Service business and after I told him I did the work myself, he asked me if I seated the axle by sitting on the bike and pushing up and down on the handle bars several times before tightening the pinch bolts because that is what the Honda service manual recommends and what their mechanics do. I told him I followed the instructions on this site and he said that I should have done what he suggested because the tire would wear prematurely without doing what he recommended.

Can anybody provide a little insight on this? I don't own a Honda service manual to verify what he told me.

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Re: 1989 GL1500 front wheel removal

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:19 pm

Sounds like you cheated them out of telling you they need to rebuild the forks (for no good reason).
I dont recall bouncing the front end. Granted, I only have about 3500mi on this front tire but there is no odd wear.

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Re: 1989 GL1500 front wheel removal

Postby GBKid » Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:06 am

It did sound a bit odd to me when he told me this because the axle fit very snugly into the fork even before the pinch bolts were tightened on both sides and I just could not understand how bouncing the front half would "align" my wheel before I tightened the pinch bolts. Thanks bntyhntr6975.

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Re: 1989 GL1500 front wheel removal

Postby dingdong » Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:12 am

The official Honda service manual does not say to bounce the front end when "re-installing the wheel". Since you followed the instructions here you did good. Telltale Clue: Talked to a Honda sales person.
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Re: 1989 GL1500 front wheel removal

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:44 am

That's common procedure to align the forks after the forks have been removed - but when just the wheel has been removed, the forks are held in position by the brace, among other things, and there is no need to "seat the axle." It fits right into the fork space, and the forks are rotated to be in perfect position by the pinch nuts as they pull the axle into place.

The Honda Service Manual has no such procedure mentioned. Some people do this in order to make sure the axle is in its most "relaxed" position before the pinch bolts are torqued, but with the pinch bolts properly snugged before doing this, there should be no real movement to begin with.

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Re: 1989 GL1500 front wheel removal

Postby Fiberthree » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:47 am

I'll bet the sales person has brown eyes. He sure sounds like he is full of it. ;)
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Re: 1989 GL1500 front wheel removal

Postby GBKid » Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:05 am

That make perfect sense to me. Thank you WingAdmin!




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