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Old 12-04-2012, 09:06 PM   #1
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03 1150GSA rear end feels weird

I need some help here I have 03 GSA 31k miles just rebuild whole FD everything runs great no play etc except when I'm cruising and roll of the throttle suddenly rear wheel feels like its kind of wants to turn a little weird feeling kind of mushy hard to explain anyhow I inspected everything that I could think of and I'm running out of ideas one thing that crossed my mind is maybe worn swing arm bearings( bearings behind foot-pegs btw anybody has torque specs for that big hex and nut) so please help me out here
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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check rear wheel nuts are tight

May sound obvious, but please check that your rear wheel nuts are good and tight.
I have had it happen to me that the rear wheel nuts came loose, wheel nearly fell off.
I have heard that some folks have had rear wheels fall off completely.
The wheel can sometimes not fit in place perfectly when tightened to torque, then it can click losse later.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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Also bottom bolt on rear shock
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:16 AM   #4
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rocketman1 yes I did check the wheel all good and tight

Tuckers I will check the shock when I get home from work I haven't think about that one

Thank you guys
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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i checked rear shock and is all good and tight also so I don't know what to do next
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:11 PM   #6
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Tire pressure and wear.

For reasons I cannot explain, these bikes are very sensitive to badly worn and underinflated tires.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
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May sound obvious, but please check that your rear wheel nuts are good and tight.
I have had it happen to me that the rear wheel nuts came loose, wheel nearly fell off.
I have heard that some folks have had rear wheels fall off completely.
The wheel can sometimes not fit in place perfectly when tightened to torque, then it can click losse later.
Installing the rear wheel can be tricky sometimes, I made a simple tool to aid the process.

Buy a spare wheel bolt, you don't need the bevel washer. Cut the head off with a hacksaw or air cutoff wheel, and either drill/tap/install w/loctite a hex bolt into the shaft of the headless bolt or cut a straight slot for a screwdriver.

When you're removing the wheel, break all four bolts loose and remove one. Put that empty hole at 12:00, snick the transmission into 1st gear, install your headless stud, it doesn't need to be cranked down beyond finger tight. Remove the remaining three bolts, the wheel slide off the stud easily. Leave the stud in place for reinstallation.

Put the wheel on over the stud, start the other three bolts and make them hand tight. Remove the stud, replace it with a bolt. Bring all four to proper tightness.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:53 PM   #8
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i checked rear shock and is all good and tight also so I don't know what to do next


Worn or loose pivot swingarm bearings. You mentioned the set behind the pegs, check the other ones too. Do a wiggle test like you're checking for a bad final drive bearing and stare right at the big allen bolt to look for movement.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:38 PM   #9
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tire pressure and wear.

For reasons i cannot explain, these bikes are very sensitive to badly worn and underinflated tires.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:57 PM   #10
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cool Thank you peeps for all the suggestions I will check this stuff tomorrow I know tire pressure is good and tire look OK it has only 3k miles on I will definitely look into pivot bearings I know they don't go bad to often but you never know it might be my luck that they are bad anyways thank you guys for all the ideas
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:15 AM   #11
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I will definitely look into pivot bearings

I mention it because even after replacing a bad bearing in the final drive I had a wiggle from the back on decel. I didn't have the pivot bearings tight enough.
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