Tip & How-To about 1984 Honda GL 1200 Aspencade Gold Wing

Changing the rear tire on a full dresser Goldwing

Changing or removing your rear tire on a Goldwing is pretty trait forward. There are several videos on youtube that gives very detailed instructions of how to remove it, however none of them address a couple of issues that I just had with my Aspencade GL1200A.

First, and foremost, not a single posting is available online to show you how to do an "Emergency Roadside Repair" All of them were about doing the removal (Shop style) So I'm going to provide some info here that should help out anyone who needs the instructions.

If you have additional hardware, like chrome light bars or mud flaps, you will need to address removing these before any of the informational videos will be helpful. Unfortunately, as there are several variations of aftermarket parts, you will have to be the one to decide how to remove them. Personally on mine, I have to remove 2 light bars, a trim light for the license plate, and a custom mudflap with lights, before I could gain access to the starting line of the tutorials on youtube.

Now for the BIG INFORMATION! I'll have it all CAPS for easy reference.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REMOVE THE FINAL DRIVE TO REMOVE THE TIRE!

SIMPLY FOLLOW ALL OF THE REMOVAL STEPS IN THE VIDEOS (EXCEPT) REMOVING THE FINAL DRIVE BOLTS/NUTS. ALSO, DO NOT REMOVE OR DISCONNECT THE AIR SHOCKS. DO RELEASE THE AIR AS IN THE VIDEOS, BUT DO NOT DISCONNECT THEM. REMOVE THE BRAKE ROTOR AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOME WAY TO HOLD UP THE BRAKE OUT OF THE WAY. I SUGGEST A ZIP TIE. AFTER THE ROTOR IS REMOVED, AND THE AXLE IS REMOVED, THE SLACK NOW AVAILABLE ON THE SIDE THE BRAKE IS ON WILL GIVE YOU THE CLEARANCE TO POP THE FINAL DRIVE OFF OF THE WHEEL HUB! IT WILL SLIDE RIGHT OUT OF THE SPACE PROVIDED FOR REMOVAL! MUCH EASIER, AND FEWER STEPS THEN THE ACTUAL INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS.

Good luck everyone! I hope this helps.

Remove these bolts and the whole thing comes off.

No need to remove the final drive.
GL1200 Rear Wheel Removal

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