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At low speed my 05 softail front end wobbels feels like a bent rim but its not that or the bearings had them checked thanks for the help

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    bret garrabrant Aug 06, 2010

    were the wheel, neck and springer lower rocker bearings checked?

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Have you had the wheel balance checked, and also i would inspect the tire extra carefully, may be a slight tire separation.

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