Question about 2005 Harley Davidson FXST - FXSTI Softail standard
Hi Mattherater, I would start by saying your 21" front wheel has a very narrow contact patch and some front end and handling issues can be amplified because of this fact. I have test ridden thousands of Harley Davidsons and have found that pulling to the right or left (almost always to the right) when the front brake is applied is a rare condition that in most cases has an easy fix. The usual suspect is low torque value or loose pinch bolts in the upper and or lower fork tree's 30-35 ft lbs. Unusual suspects can also be contributors like, front axle nut 50-55ft lbs. - slider cap nuts 11-15 ft lbs. on the lower right fork slider, fender bolts 15-21 ft lbs. Next in line would be improper wheel alignment, or under inflated and abnormally worn front tire. I once had a novice rider who came back 3 times complaining that the problem was still there. So I followed him on a test ride with another bike and found that he would tense up ever so slightly lean forward and his hand and arm, not just his hand, would pull on the front brake lever causing a slight drift to the right. When he applied both front and rear brakes equally there was no drift. He was not even aware of his actions untill I pointed out to him my observations. He called me the next day saying his pulling to the right had gone away. I am in no way implying that this pertains to you only that in the Harley world, strange stuff can happen. Denise is not alone in her caliper therory, but isn't your caliper on the left? Good luck
Posted on Apr 22, 2015
This is a common thing with single disc brakes. What ever side the brake caliper is on the bike will pull slightly to that side. If the caliper is on the left side it will pull slightly to the left if on the right side it will pull slightly to the right. You can check your tire - it may be cupped. The caliper might be grabbing a little to much.
Posted on Apr 22, 2015
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Dec 20, 2015 | 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX
Nov 08, 2013 | Cars & Trucks
Sep 12, 2012 | 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class
Apr 19, 2012 | 2003 GMC Envoy
Oct 27, 2011 | Cars & Trucks
Nov 03, 2009 | 2000 Dodge Caravan
Mar 17, 2009 | 1986 Chevrolet K1500
Dec 14, 2008 | 1994 Nissan Quest
Aug 26, 2008 | 1993 Chevrolet K1500
80 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!
Step 2: Please assign your manual to a product: