Front right wheel cover fouling


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alland3851
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Front right wheel cover fouling

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191 Goldwing 1500 SE

Hi, new to the forum but sure someone can help

I just replaced the front brake pads and put on the front wheel. spun the wheel and all ok. I put on the wheel covers and the front right cover is fouling on the rotor. Any ideas what I am doing wrong ?

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Re: Front right wheel cover fouling

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If the wheel cover is "rubbing" against the rotor, but DIDN'T rub before you changed the brake pads, I am guessing that the cover isn't mounted correctly. The two lower screws for that cover mate to a triangular metal bracket attached to the fork tube. Remove the cover and check to see that the "bracket" is bolted tightly with no "slop" for the cover to move/rub the rotor.

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Thanks for the reply. I torqued up the pinch bolts with the bracket attached so no slop, so problem is not there. Cover sems far too close when bolted up.

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Re: Front right wheel cover fouling

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OK, remove the cover again and check that the bracket isn't BENT inward causing the cover to rub.

If you GENTLY bend the bracket outward I'm guessing you'll solve the problem. That bracket is easily bent and can cause troubles.

Also, double check your manual to see how the upper bolt on that cover is connected to make sure the cover isn't "canted" slightly inward.

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Hi, thanks for your advice. It's 21:45 here now so I will give it a go tomorrow. Will post a reply later.

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Re: Front right wheel cover fouling

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Those brackets are quite soft and easily bent when loosening or tightening the pinch bolts.
You can check the gaps by looking from the front of the bike to the gaps between the front wheel discs and rim covers.
You should see the discs are out of the covers and see the gaps are equal on both sides.
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Thanks again. Will check everything again tomorrow.

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The brackets are capable of being tightened down to at least 1/4 inch off line. You just have to adjust as necessary.

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Re: Front right wheel cover fouling

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If it was fine before, you messed up! I know, you didn't need to hear that, but I'm surprised you didn't figure that out.

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OK folks, I missed the obvious. The bracket was bent way off.
All sorted now.
Thanks for the pointers and comments.



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