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My front fork arm of my springer isnt staight in bends inward towards my bike? is this commom?

1977 softtail springer

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Hi Anonymous, doesn't sound common, take a ride over to your local dealer or reputable shop and get their opinion. Good luck.

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SOURCE: location of washers on front axle 2002 harley

You need to be sure it is a washer and not a shim. The washer(s) will go on the nut side of the axel outside of the fork, shims will go inside the fork to center the tire.

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I have a slightly older springer, but they are probably the same. The shop manual says in reference to the acorn nuts on top of the spring restraints, "Tighten acorn nuts to 30-35 ft-lbs torque."

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SOURCE: I have a 97 Harley Davidson with a springer front

Have the balance checked on the front tire, My heritage springer did the same thing and the front tire had slung the weight off of the front tire causing it to be unbalanced and bounce causing a vibration at speeds of 30mph on up.

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SOURCE: i have a 1989 springer softtail . i need to change strater relay

It sounds like the little silver box with two hookups that you're talking about is actually a circuit breaker, not the starter relay.

The starter relay is a small black plastic cube about one inch in size. It's usually located down on the front side of rear fender below the oil tank on the right side of the bike. It's attached to the fender with a rivet most of the time.

The part you have is actually an earlier model. The way you tell is by the letter after the second number in the part number. On Harley part numbers, the first five digits denote the actual part. The next two numbers indicate the first year that this part or version of the part was used. Example xxxxx-79 means this part was first used in 1979. Now, if there is a letter following the number such as 79B, this means that the part has had a minor modification made from the original design. A "B" part is an earlier model than a "C" part. Very similar to the military's "A1", "A2", and "A3" designations.

Now, if you decide to exchange the part, if you can, you may wish to try to get the relay that has the weatherproof "shield" on it. They make one for your bike and the location of this relay on a Softail makes it extremely vulnerable to wet conditons. If you've already purchased the part, a lot of dealers will not refund on electrical parts. Maybe they'll swap it out, otherwise use the one you've got. The relay simply plugs into the connector on the wiring harness.

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