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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Will overtightened steering head bearings cause a slow wobble at speeds around 85MPH??
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Hey Guys!!!
Will overtightened steering head bearings cause a slow wobble at speeds around 85MPH??
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I believe it can cause a high speed wobble. Pretty sure this can be caused by a few different things like a bad tire, misaligned forks, or worn wheel bearings. I think the guys have a post in the "How To" section that tells you how to torque steering head properly.

I experienced a violent high speed wobble on one of my old bikes. It came on suddenly and was very hard to pull out of. Slowing down made it worse. It was not fun.
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That slow wobble at speed could also be canted/side wind direction on a windshield or fairing. Had it happen 1 time to me.
WTF... After process of elimination that was the only thing I could think it was.
High speed and a strong side wind caused a rocking or slow back & forth to steering/front of bike......
Has not done it since.......


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Thanks for the help.
The bike starts to sway at about 83 or 84 on calm or windy days. On a jackstand the steering has a little more resistance than you would expect from the cables and hoses. I think they were adjusted too tight when they were replaced a couple of months ago. I plan to loosen my bearings a little and try that. I thought about the windshield, but really didn't think that was the problem. If bearing adjust doesn't fix it, I will remove the wind shield and see if indeed that is the problem.
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Over tight bearings make steering hard at any speed. You would have to steer the bike more. Too tight and you cant drive it at all.........

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Thanks for the help.
The bike starts to sway at about 83 or 84 on calm or windy days. On a jackstand the steering has a little more resistance than you would expect from the cables and hoses. I think they were adjusted too tight when they were replaced a couple of months ago. I plan to loosen my bearings a little and try that. I thought about the windshield, but really didn't think that was the problem. If bearing adjust doesn't fix it, I will remove the wind shield and see if indeed that is the problem.
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Check the how to guide on how to tell if its too tight. I have a $20 walmart digital fishing scale to check mine. It sounds cheesy but its pretty its a pretty accurate scale. Mine did not need adjustment but I checked into it when I replaced my fork seals.

Before you go to the trouble to take all this apart, you may want to order the lock washer with the little tabs that bend over. My understanding is if that the nut is over tightened it will crush that washer and it won't work properly. Look at the how to guide for the correct name of the part.

I hate taking things apart and leaving them in pieces for 2 weeks waiting for a part to show up. It's a cheap part I think.

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