Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Windham, Maine, USA
I have used the swing up and over method more than once. I was able to do this by myself and would do it again. My bike had a trailer hitch which made this somewhat easier.
I used a regular car floor jack under the hitch one pump at at time to control the initial release. I watched as everything stated swinging up. By the time I reached the extent of the jack I was sure everything was moving freely and I lifted up to chest height a put a 4 foot long 2x4 under the hitch. Then I was able to tie it off to the overhead to the garage. I used the same 2x4 under the tire to lift it and take tension off the various bolts needed to remove the wheel.
A come-a-long from the overhead could do the same thing, just take it slow. Going back together, the key is controlling it, working slowly and making sure all the fender parts line up. No wires were disturbed.
Two other things. While apart I filed the forks that are the lower mounting points to make it easier to slide back together with the bolts in place. It's easier than trying to start the bolts when the assembly is fully back in position. I also replaced the lower bolts with socket head cap screws. Much easier to use a long hex instead of a regular socket.
I still struggle to see how laying a GL1500 on its side will let you get the rear wheel off. Any videos of this?
2015 Goldwing - basic black
Previously: GL1200 Standard, GL1200 Interstate, GL1500, Valkyrie, Valkyrie Interstate many other Hondas
Ham Extra Class AC1R
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