Centramatic for GL1800 fit other models?


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Centramatic for GL1800 fit other models?

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Centramatic is proud of their products, but they have the advantage of working better than Dyna Beads, etc.

However, while their site shows the GL1800, no other Wings are mentioned.

Will the GL1800 units fit the 1500 or other models?


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Good question. The GL1800 rear definitely won't work on the GL1500. Possible on front. The bolt pattern on the front brake discs would have to be checked as well as the clearance around the brake caliper.
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Solo So Long wrote: Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:34 pm Centramatic is proud of their products, but they have the advantage of working better than Dyna Beads, etc.
ummmm,
I doubt that seriously.
been using Dyna Beads for about 20 years, and the ride has always been smooth.
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I was pleased with both Dyna-Beads and Counteract beads for years and still use them in my trailer. I switched to Centramatics as I had a friend that took his off before trading his bike (so I got a good price) and I have screw on TPMS sensors (in addition to the factory TPMS valve stems) which leave the valve core open all the time and did not want the beads stuck in the stems.
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Dyna Beads are good. Centramatic is better, in two ways.

First, the combination of a smaller mass radius with higher mass is just a little smoother.

Second (and most important) is that they are an assembly, easily swappable from one vehicle to another, and unaffected by tire changes. That means that you buy them once, rather than having to mess with them each time you change a tire.

I'm figuring that I'll be on the GL1500 for a decade or two, so the extra cost would be absorbed by the benefits.
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Solo So Long wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:44 am Dyna Beads are good. Centramatic is better, in two ways.

First, the combination of a smaller mass radius with higher mass is just a little smoother.

Second (and most important) is that they are an assembly, easily swappable from one vehicle to another, and unaffected by tire changes. That means that you buy them once, rather than having to mess with them each time you change a tire.

I'm figuring that I'll be on the GL1500 for a decade or two, so the extra cost would be absorbed by the benefits.
Just offering an alternative if the answer to your question is no.
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Yes, and I appreciate it.

What's the issue with the rear? Clearance, or just hole pattern?
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All of the above.

GL1800 has a single side swingarm. The wheel bolts on lug bolts like an automobile. The Centramatic slides on the lug bolts between the wheel and the swing arm. Five hole pattern like a car wheel. One balancer which ends up nearly centered left to right with the wheel/tire.

Front balancers go between the brake disks and the wheel. Sized for a dual installation and drilled for the stock brake disk mounting holes. Forces the brake discs outboard slightly and may cause a rub on caliper mount if not installed correctly. The two balancers provide a symmetrical installation.

Not to say a rear solution could not be created just that it's not a bolt on and the GL1800 balancer may not even be the best starting point before modification.
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Re: Centramatic for GL1800 fit other models?

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Good info, thanks!

Too bad, though . . .


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