Manual Wheel Balancing 2018 and newer


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Manual Wheel Balancing 2018 and newer

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Just wondering if anyone has found upgrade options if the cones for manual gravity balancing the rear wheels on the 2018 and newer GL1800. The taper and bore through the center is larger than the normal cones on the manual balancers that only go to about 30 to 33MM and thus you can't get a true centering of the wheel on the balancer.

I have looked for upgrades in cones/shafts but have been unable to find any options. Also research options on sites that provide metal shafts and collars for an option to buy a larger center shafts which you would then have to add a collar to in order to get to the inside diameter of those types of cones. That also has proven difficult as most collars are very short and will not give the length, 3 to 4 inches, need for the larger cones to be securely pushed and tightened down. Going to a machinist to have a custom collar made to fit a larger shaft is an option.

I am aware that another option is to use balance beads and/or a balancing wheel but I would like to leave all the balancing options open. I will admit I'm new to all this as I was just gifted a new Rabaconda tire change and have now started changing my own tires (and some friends).

Thank you all for your insight and help


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Re: Manual Wheel Balancing 2018 and newer

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Once I tried using beads in the tire, I abandoned tire weights on motorcycles forever. They are so superior, and extend the tire life (because it STAYS balanced throughout its life), and give just a great, smooth ride.
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Re: Manual Wheel Balancing 2018 and newer

Post by MikeB »

For the last 12 years, I too have been using balance beads for the very same reason WingAdmin mentions above.

What is the inside diameter of the wheel on the 2018+ Gold Wings?
The GL1500 and 2001 ~ 2017 GL1800 front wheel bearings I.D. is 20 mm. The rear wheel on the 2001 ~ 2017 GL1800 has a is 23 mm hole. But if you are stuck in the manual balancing act, here is what I did early on with a static balancer that I used years ago.

I bought a length or 3/4" all thread and two 3/4" all thread couplers. The all thread fits nicely into the bearings and the GL1800 wheels accommodate the all thread as well.




I don't have cones so I used the couplers to cinch the all thread to the wheels. I turned the ends of the all thread couplers on a lathe to make them cylindrical instead of hex. I also turned the ends of the all thread to make them smooth so they would ride in the bearings of the balancer.






This worked for static balancing but now with balance beads, I no longer use the static balancer.
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Re: Manual Wheel Balancing 2018 and newer

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Thanks MikeB
Not sure what the diameter of the 2018+ bore is. My cones go up to 30MM and they work on the side with the plug as that is smaller but the reverse side they slide into and still have play so it is definitely bigger than 30MM.


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