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Frount end woddle/weave springer 30 - 40

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/weave on the my FXSTS and my 1998 FLSS. Handle bars move right and lest 2 to three inches and gain movement to a uncontrollable if I can not excelerate beyond 40. Nothing seems to work except throttle. Brakes rear or frount cant stop it when it happens. Checked teh neck bearings seem to be OK it flops to the left (standing in frount of the bike) with no bind or
Been to three HD shops and they can't find the problem.

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  • ian stalker May 11, 2010

    if everything has been checked on yhe front of the machine then maybe the problem lies with the rear! does the bike sit higher or lower at the back if so this may have altered the steering geometry?

    is the frame bent?

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Check the wheel alignment front and rear a little out of alignment and a lot of wobble

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Hi, Anonymous and the usual suspects are:
1. Improperly loaded motorcycle. Non-standard equipment on the front end such as heavy radio receivers extra lighting equipment or luggage tends to cause unstable handling.
2. Incorrect air suspension pressure.
3. Damaged tires or improper front-rear tire combination.
4. Irregular or peaked front tire tread wear.
5. Incorrect tire pressure.
6. The shock absorber is not functioning normally.
7. Loose wheel axle nuts. Torque to recommended specifications.
8. Excessive wheel hub bearing end play.
9. Improperly vehicle alignment.
10. Steering head bearings improperly adjusted.
11. Tire and wheel unbalanced.
12. Rims and tires are out-of-round or eccentric with the hub.
13. Rims and tires are out-of-true sideways.
14. Shock absorber improperly adjusted.
15. Worn engine stabilizer links.
16. Damaged rear engine isolation mounts.
17. Swing arm pivot shaft improperly tightened or assembled.
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For a rebound adjustment, jack up your bike.
Be sure the front tire is off the ground.
Once this is done let your springer front end fall either to the left or right. Your springer front end should only bounce back about a inch and then stop.

Most people prefer the "Fall-Away" adjustment.
Jack the bike so the front end is off the ground.
Place a piece of tape along the front edge of the front fender.
Find the center balance point of the front end.
Place a pointer of some sort at the center of the fender. Make a mark on the tape for the center balance point. Mark does not have to be in the exact center of the fender.
With the pointer in place, turn front end in each direction and note where the front end just begins to fall away on it's own. Make a mark on the tape at these positions. Marks do not have to be centered and may be unequal distances from the center mark.
Measure the distance between the two outer marks. If the distance is 1-2 inches the fall away is correct. If less than 1", loosen the upper bearing retainer nut. If more than 2", tighten the upper bearing retainer nut.

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Wobble!! I have an 07 flhx it goes into a wobble at 90 and above... When in a turn and going over a small bump. Or even when switching lanes the bike's front end seems very light and it seems like the...


Hi Lh86, and the usual suspects are:
1. Improperly loaded motorcycle. Non standard equipment on the front end such asheavy radio receivers, extra lightning equipment or luggage tends to cause unstable handling.
2. Incorrect air suspension pressure.
3. Damaged tire(s) or improper front-rear tire combination
4. Irregular or peaked front tire tread wear.
5. Incorrect tire pressure.
6. Shock absorber not functioning normally.
7. Loose wheel axle nuts.
8. Excessive wheel hub bearing play.
9. Improper vehicle alignment.
10.Steering head bearings improperly adjusted.
11. Tire and wheel unbalanced.
12. Rims and tires out of round or eccentric with hub.
13. Rims and tires out-of-true sideways.
14. Shock absorber improperly adjusted.
15. Worn engine stabilizer links.
16. Damaged rear engine isolation mounts.
17. Swing arm pivot shaft nut improperly tightened or assembled.
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Go in and have your tires balanced. mainly your front tire...even check your air pressure. Hope it gets better. You have a nice bike! :)

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