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Hello, I have an 07 Springer Softail. My problem is that the front end is stiff, really stiff...no movement at all. I took the shock off and it seems fine. It's like the front end is a rigid.

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If your bike responds normally while riding upon the road and if during front braking the springs directly behind the headlight "extend" and "relax" in a "normal" fashion then you aren't experiencing any difficulties/problems. Springer front ends should only be adjusted or serviced by very qualified personnel as the spring pressures exerted by a springer assembly can seriously injure untrained persons.

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