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I get a dangerious side to side wobble at 30 - 40 on my 2000 FXST

This is a front end wobble. I have changed the tires and had the complete front end rebuilt once. Still often get this uncontrollable wobble on the my FXSTS and my 1998 FLSS.
Been to three HD shops and they can't find the problem.

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  • classicappra Apr 27, 2009

    I have a 2000 springer, I was traveling around 65-70 mph on a good road, I lightened up on the handlebars for just a second and the front started to wobble, I was barely able to keep it on the road and slowed quickly and went to the center of the 4 lane into the grass. I really thought I was going to go down. I had just bought the bike from a friend who hadn't bothered to mention it to me before he sold me the bike. He said that he thought it might be the tire so he had just bought a new tire from HD and quit riding it. The wheel runs true and the tire pressure is 40psi. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am getting to old to be sliding on the blacktop!

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Springer models have a tendancy to ruin neck bearings. Get the front wheel off the ground and point staight ahead. Now move the handlebars slightly from side to side. If you feel a slight "catch" or if the front wheel stays straight without falling to the side then the neck bearings are shot. They are tapered roller bearings, like a wheel bearing. The outer race will have a depression you can feel with your thumbnail. Pack the new bearings with the grease made for that purpose. A couple of hints: When h-d first made this grease available, I laughed. Use it, it works. It was originally designed for helicopter rotors. To remove the outer races, you may have to weld a bead on the bearing surface. The pre-load adjustment is critical. Too loose and you will get a wobble. Too tight and you get a weave, which is worse. It is normal for a springer front end to fall off to the left even when the wheel is pointed somewhat to the right. This is a pretty big job, so if a shop is going to do it you may want to show this to them and ask if it makes sense to them, but please don't second guess them.

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