Changing frames

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Changing frames

Post by Ram1068 »

Recently I purchased my fist goldwing, being a fan of older bikes, it is a 78. After a mishap, long story not my fault, or doing, I need to change the frame. I located a 76 frame, but I am asking if all the components of my 78 will bolt to a 76, or would I have to make changes to fit all components to the older frame?

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Re: Changing frames

Post by ekvh »

I think the side covers had different mounting tabs than the 78-79 models.
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Re: Changing frames

Post by SnoBrdr »

ekvh wrote:I think the side covers had different mounting tabs than the 78-79 models.
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Re: Changing frames

Post by Fred Camper »

The steering bearings in a 1976 are ball bearings and in later years they are tapered roller bearings. These can be upgraded on the earlier frame, so no big deal. The blinkers in the rear are different, but pretty sure they will bolt up just fine to the older frame. So if you run the earlier side covers, then very little needs to change if I recall correctly.

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