GL1100 out of balance rear wheel


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Cattmando
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GL1100 out of balance rear wheel

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Installed new Michelin Commander II on my 83 1100 rear wheel yesterday. Balancing it, found it needed nearly 4 ounces. That's way too much. Removed the tire and started to balance just the wheel. Found it is the culprit, not the tire! Grinding around the rim has brought it nearly to balance, but, man, that's a lot of metal to remove from the rim and spokes.

Anyone else ever found such a problem on a GL1100 with cast wheels? I removed about 1.5 ounces of lead weights from the old tire.


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Re: GL1100 out of balance rear wheel

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Yes and no. The rear wheel on my 1500 is off balance alot but I haven't had the guts to grind any material away yet. Instead of lead sticker weight I have used the beads inside the tire for years and that work's great.
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Re: GL1100 out of balance rear wheel

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Keith, thanks for the response.

I may have ruined my wheel but replacements are cheap enough. Sad story, tho: remounted the tire and went to air it up. My compressor is on the fritz! 14 years old, 25 gallon Sears. Never a hint of a problem, but just when I need it, it quits. Awaiting repair now.

I went at my rear wheel with a die grinder, lots of dust, over about 1/3 of the rim and spokes. Still not perfect but took off quite a bit of meat. Yes, scary enough. Should have taken pics but that's generally the last thing I think of.

Haven't heard back from the machine shop yet on GLoria's final drive either.

In the mean time, I have a front to install and new handlebars. Lots of work to do.

I've tried the beads and was not impressed. Prefer no weight needed. :D
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