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My 06softail pulls right when applying front brake

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    Gregg Mahin Apr 14, 2015

    Hi Mattherater , I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box? How long have you had the bike? when did this start? Did you do anything to the bike just before it started pulling? What happens when you apply front and rear brake at the same time? do you have dual discs? is it a springer front end?



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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

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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.

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