Question about 2008 Harley Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic
It has been recommended that I install a Stabalizer Bracket on my HD RoadKing to eliminate the wobble at high speed going through corners. I have looked at the Tru-Track, Alloy Art and Sta-Bo solutions for this issue. The more I read the more I'm worried about this. Do you have any first hand knowledge of this problem? I would appreciate any help you can provide in trying to determine if its really something I need to deal with. Thank You for your Help
I have a 1999 FLHR that from the first day I picked the bike up had a front wheel wobble. It didn't matter on my speed. It would happen more on a fresh paved road. I run mags on the front an rear so it's not loose spokes, had the neck bushing changed and adjusted. In 2004 a company I buy my tires from started doing laser alignments. I had them do mine instead of buying the stabilizer (to me a bandaid).OMG I can now ride at 50, 70, even 100 without my bike shaking like it's falling apart. My friends could see the bike shaking and the only way to get it to stop then was to release the handlebars and back off on the gas.
I'm in southern CA and Wheel Works are the only people I know that does this laser alignment.I watched them do it so I could understand what was wrong! The bikes are put together in a factory assembly line. They don't measure accurately, they use visual to put the engine in the frame. The wobble is caused by the engine off balance in the frame. It doesn't take much, 1/16" can do it. Wheel Works put the bike up on a lift to lift the whole bike off the ground. They then had it on another lift so they could work on it. There was an adapter put on the front tire and the rear with laser lights to measure. they adjusted it until the engine was dead center and balanced. I haven't had a problem since. I swear by this technique. I ride all the time so it wasn't something I felt once in a while. I've got over 250,000 miles on the bike and it hasn't wobbled since the alignment.
Posted on Mar 17, 2009
First check or have your "TRUSTED" mechanic check the head bearing. THese can loosen a tad, or get broken in after while and need adjustment. Aso the rear wheel to front wheel alignment can cause this wobble you are getting. A stabilizer can calm it down, but I'd rather fix than hide a problem, wouldn't you? I suggest you try to get to the root of the symptom first, then decide how to deal with it. I haven't heard anyone say this is a common complaint of all who own your model.
Good luck, I hope you smooth out those turns, TT
Posted on Mar 02, 2009
If your engine is not aligned in the chasis properly, aligning your axels isn't going to fix your problem. true, wheels need to be aligned but the engine itself needs to be mounted properly and aligned in the chassis first. A/M stabilizers are used on pre 2009 touring bikes to stiffen the rear engine mounting; factory OEM uses the swingarm pivot shaft and rubber isolators as the stress points for rear engine mounting; these need to be inspected and adjusted as per normal scheduled maintenance. 2009 touring frames have a true 3 point mounting system and should remedy this condition; P.S. the factory has never officially admitted there was a handling or mounting problem with the touring models
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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