Rear tire rub on 93 1500


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HillVR
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Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby HillVR » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:05 pm



I have a 93 Aspencade that is rubbing the rear tire on the RH side of the tire. My mechanic said it could have been from the previous owner when the tire was low. I scuffed up the tire and could see new rub marks after riding today. It is about in line with the swingarm. I tried to see if there was play in the wheel, but did not notice any. Got any ideas.



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Re: Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby jsalpha2 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:54 pm

It sounds like the swingarm is rusting out. I am faced with the same problem. http://www.goldwingfacts.com/1500swingarm.htm Here is an article on
how to replace the swingarm. I have my new parts, but am trying to find someone to do the installation for me. If you have pulled off the plastic before and have the tools it will be about a six to eight hour job. If you can chip the rust off where it is rubbing and the rest of the swingarm is solid you can ride a bit while waiting for parts. Be very careful, I don't recommend riding two up or a long trip in the twisties.

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Re: Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby HillVR » Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:33 pm

Thanks for the info. So I went ahead and got under her tonight and found that the tire is, in fact, rubbibg the swingarm. The swing arm is very solid and shows no signs of rust. My question now is, what can be done to move the wheel to the left and away fron the RH side of the swing arm? I looked through the parts lists for the swingarm, final drive and rear wheel, but can't tell what needs to be done to move it to the left. I did notice many different spacers sizes listed. Can anyone tell me which might be the culprit? I really appriciate all the effort put into this site. I am learning new things each day.

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Re: Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby a.j. » Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:15 pm

HillVR wrote:I have a 93 Aspencade that is rubbing the rear tire on the RH side of the tire. My mechanic said it could have been from the previous owner when the tire was low. I scuffed up the tire and could see new rub marks after riding today. It is about in line with the swingarm. I tried to see if there was play in the wheel, but did not notice any. Got any ideas.


Just read you're post and went searching. Was the tire recently removed or replaced? If so, maybe spacers and washers were not replaced in the correct spots. I'm just throwing out some suggestions. Check out this link, http://www.goldwingfacts.com/1500rearwheel.htm , it has pictures of the rear tire and wheel replacement that may be the culprit for the wheel being off center.
Hope it helps.

A.J.

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Re: Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby HillVR » Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:11 pm

Thanks, A.J. It's about 105 in the garage now, so I might wait until it cools a bit. The procedure looks easy enough. I am planning on replacing the tire anyway, so hopefully I will find a spacer missing. It does not look like there is too much else that can be going wrong.

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Re: Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby a.j. » Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:26 am

HillVR wrote:Thanks, A.J. It's about 105 in the garage now, so I might wait until it cools a bit. The procedure looks easy enough. I am planning on replacing the tire anyway, so hopefully I will find a spacer missing. It does not look like there is too much else that can be going wrong.


Good luck and I hope that it is something simple like that. Let me know what you find just for curiosity's sake.

A.J.

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Re: Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby HillVR » Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:47 pm

A.J., completed the procedure you gave me with only a couple of issues. The previous owner added a welded support bracket for the hitch. Fortunatly, he also added an adjustable coupler on both sides. I also had to take the add-on hitch electrical connector off. After this I was able to raise the bags. After getting the wheel out I found a 2" section where the wrap of the swingarm was pulled out. I blew air in that area and got all the collected dirt out. I then used a ball peen hammer and gently tapped the metal back in place. I then covered that area with some JB Weld. I don't know how the lower wrap came apart but it won't anymore. I also found the boot on the RH shock was torn, so I'll get that and a new tire, change the final drive oil and I should be good to go. It feels good to get a good look at that section of the bike. I really enjoy this site. Thanks, again. Vern

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Re: Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby MikeB » Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:44 pm

I'm at a loss here. What is the wrap of the swing-arm?
After getting the wheel out I found a 2" section where the wrap of the swingarm was pulled out.
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Re: Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby HillVR » Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:29 am

MikeB, it looks like the thin metal that wraps around the frame of the swingarm and should have a weld on it to seal it came apart. I don't have a clue what could have caused it, but rocks and dirt got in it and it was out about a 3/8". I looked at he left side and it has a weld line sealing it. I guess 18 years took it's toll.

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Re: Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby HillVR » Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:34 pm

Here is a picture I took today. I wished I'd taken one yesterday before I made the repair. This is the right inside of the swingarm.
Right inside of swingarm
Right inside of swingarm

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Re: Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby a.j. » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:16 pm

Glad to hear that you got the issues fixed. I hope that when you put the new tire and boot on that everything lines up tickity boo. I'm still kind of wondering why the previous owner would have added or welded an extra bracket for the trailer hitch. Was it a homemade hitch or a factory one. In either case you found the problem and that's all that counts. Now all you have to worry about is the 4 wheelers running you off the road. LOL
Cheers
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Re: Rear tire rub on 93 1500

Postby Wingrider2573 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:40 pm

I recently encountered the rear tire rub in my 93 SE after replacing my rear tire. No stranger to tearing it down, having done it many times I looked closely and there it was staring me in the face, I pushed the axle bolt to far in. The washer which should have been against the swing arm was about a 1/4" away from it. I loosened the axle nut and pinch bolt and pulled the tire towards me until the washer made contact and it was spinning freely no rub. Next I tightened the pinch bolt first to 23 ft-lbs to prevent pulling through from tightening the axle nut. This is what I found and my solution hope it helps.




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