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Tightend steer head bearing 2005 fxst

How to tension steer head bearings harley fxst 2005

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You need to get the bike in the air and remove the cables from the bars. Do the fall away test, that is to pull the bars to one side and let them go. If the bearings are properly tightened, the front end wil go from one side to the other and fall back towards the center. If you really plan on working on your HD, the best advice I can really give is #1 buy and repair manual for your bike, it's just like having your own personal bible. #2 go to This is the best privately owned motorcycle forum, with NO advertisements. It's free to join and participate, but donations are greatly appreciated. This forum has the most knowledgeable folks from all walks of like that live for their bikes. They can tell you every nut and bolt and what torque you're suppose to have it at. These guys can walk you through a complete tear down and rebuild and never think twice about the answers they give you. Check it out and tell me I'm wrong.

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