Taper bearings ?


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Goldwing7777
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Taper bearings ?

Post by Goldwing7777 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:18 pm



My project is missing the 'old' steering balls etc.

So how about fitting a tapered bearings/seal kit ?

Most of the ones on UK fleabay state "Honda GL1000 Gold Wing 1977 - 1979"
Will these fit a '76 or did Honda increase sizes ?



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Fred Camper
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Re: Taper bearings ?

Post by Fred Camper » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:27 pm

Tapered is suppose to work on a 75 and 76 per other users. I have not done it myself, but others have not reported an issue. Tapered work lots better, hence the switch in 1977.

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insanemoondoggie
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Re: Taper bearings ?

Post by insanemoondoggie » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:59 pm

I installed the tapered bearings on my 1976 and it was a good fit. I'm sorry, I don't remember which manufacture I used.

kndw
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Re: Taper bearings ?

Post by kndw » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:03 am

Yes, I did that too. I found mine on eBay

Goldwing7777
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Re: Taper bearings ?

Post by Goldwing7777 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:09 pm

Thanks for the reassuring replies.

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Re: Taper bearings ?

Post by cfairweather » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:34 pm

I have installed tapered bearings on at least 6 GL1000s and the 1975-1979 year models use the same size. I think it is one of the best changes you can make to a GL1000.

Goldwing7777
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Re: Taper bearings ?

Post by Goldwing7777 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:50 am

Very helpful clarification. Thanks.

Interesting also to see your motorcycle collection.
I can lay claim to :-
BMW R65 ('82ish)
Honda CB900C
Honda CB750SC
Honda CBX250RS
Yamaha TR1
Moto Guzzi Monza V50 ... plus other odds.
(all original - not chopped about)

Retirement seems to mean a pile of toys ...



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