1978 GL1000 Swingarm removal


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1978 GL1000 Swingarm removal

Post by chiltonj » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:21 am



GM - I have searched high and low on google, forums, etc to try to find an answer to my question and so far no dice. Doing a restore of my 78 GL1000, and am getting the frame ready for powder coating, but need to remove the swingarm to do so. I see there is a place for an Allen key, as well as nuts on either side but i can't seem to get either to budge. I know I am doing something wrong, just trying to figure out what it is. I know you guys will know! :oops:



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Re: 1978 GL1000 Swingarm removal

Post by jimmy's winging now » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:20 am

I removed my swingarm on my 1986 SEI project bike. Sounds like the same set up
as mine. You would need a special socket to hold the pronged nut while using the
Allen wrench on the left side of bike. The right side you can just use a socket after
getting the left side loose.I believe that's how I did it. There's a thread somewhere
on this site on what special socket you need and gives the link on how to order this
tool off Amazon. They used this tool on BMX bicycles and I found mine locally for
$15.00 if I remember right. Don't know if your application is the same as mine on the Honda
gl1200 but would think the Honda gl1000 is the same removal procedure. Don't quote me
on all this and I hope this helps you out. Best of Luck and Ride Safe!!!!
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Swingarm removal

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:07 pm

The nuts are used as jam nuts, to prevent the inner bolt from backing out. During installation, the inner bolt is torqued to the proper torque amount using a hex wrench. When this is achieved, the inner bolt is held in place while the outer nut is tightened in place. This puts enough pressure on the inner bolt that it cannot back out.

To remove, you need to hold the inner bolt with a hex wrench to prevent it from moving, and remove the jam nut first.




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Re: 1978 GL1000 Swingarm removal

Post by chiltonj » Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:10 pm

Thanks guys! I knew it was something simple! :P

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Re: 1978 GL1000 Swingarm removal

Post by chiltonj » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:15 am

Ok. Tried holding the allen key still while i tried to release the lock nut. No workie. That nut is not budging. i've put alot of force into it but am risking sheering (or rounding off) of the nut, which i don't want. My next course will be to find a socket that will fit and try using my impact driver to see if i can get it loose. But form what you guys have said previously, it shouldn't be this hard.... :x

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Re: 1978 GL1000 Swingarm removal

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:33 am

chiltonj wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:15 am
Ok. Tried holding the allen key still while i tried to release the lock nut. No workie. That nut is not budging. i've put alot of force into it but am risking sheering (or rounding off) of the nut, which i don't want. My next course will be to find a socket that will fit and try using my impact driver to see if i can get it loose. But form what you guys have said previously, it shouldn't be this hard.... :x
The torque value for that lock nut is between 58-87 ft-lb according to the service manual, so it's on there pretty tight.

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Re: 1978 GL1000 Swingarm removal

Post by chiltonj » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:51 am

Got hold of a video that gave the gist of what I needed. 30mm socket to loosen the lock nut. Going out to buy a large socket set now. (this bike has me buying MORE tools....LOL.)




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Re: 1978 GL1000 Swingarm removal

Post by Old Fogey » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:29 am

Yup, you will (or should) not be able to undo those nuts without a socket and bar.
Make sure you torque them up to the correct setting too.(this last message was sent from the local ambulance crews! :D )
'Impossible' is just a level of difficulty! The only stupid question is the one you didn't ask first!

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Re: 1978 GL1000 Swingarm removal

Post by chiltonj » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:44 am

Thanks! Yes I definitely plan on torquing them up before I ride. 30mm socket did the trick.



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