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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-24-2017, 06:17 AM Thread Starter
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Steering bearing?

I have an 04 1300 c I was wondering if anyone has had the shims in the bars between like 30 and 60. I can't let go of bars if they do they start to wobble till it gets extremely dangerous. I remember somewhere reading they used some not so good bearing and replacing that might take care of the problem. I was just wondering if anyone else had had this problem or if it was something else and if changing that is easy enough to do myself.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-24-2017, 07:53 AM
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https://www.amazon.com/All-Balls-Ste...dp/B000GU7VM4/

Ease depends on your mechanical skill level, pretty easy IMO.

or might just have a worn / imballanced / low pressure tire

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Check the items on this list that might pertain to your bike:
http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/stee...ering-wobbles/

Also, the steering wobble is very common with the 1300. I have seen it start at as little as 7000 miles, but usually around 12000-15000.
I have replaced 6-7 sets of stem bearings and it is fairly easy if you have any mechanical skills. The hardest part is removing the lower bearing race from the stem itself.

I would keep an eye out for a local tech-session, or a fellow X'er that has done it before.

Bareass Choppers has tutorial videos here:
http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/stee...-stem-rebuild/
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While its common knowledge that roller are better than ball, with proper maintainance eg. torqueing per schedule the stockers will last...I developed the shimmy and went in at 30K, BEARINGS Were fine and races weren't gauged....but since I was in there did the all balz...with proper tools and a little shade tree skills job is easy....good luck to op...

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I know OLD story.. very common.. on all brands of bikes.... ball bearing for steering head is CHEAP...

been used since the 1950's..

my 66 Honda need bearings in 69,,, my 72 CB750 needed them in 73...
75 Goldwing needed them in 77.

upgrade to "All Balls" brand of tapered roller.. never need to do again.
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I purchased my 04, 1300 C with 13K mi on it..
The wobble was there and scared me first time I noticed it on a mtn road.
YIKES !!!
All Balls Tapered Roller Bearings fixed it, no more wobble at any speed, any road, hands on or not...



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the VTX 1800 gets the tapered roller from the factory... all years.
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I only had that problem on my 07 when the F tire was close to needing replaced. I did finally put in new bearings at near 100,000 miles when I installed front and rear Race Tech suspension with Gold Valve.

My VTX as used on Race Tech site.I'm68 rode to 49 States+DC & 11 Provinces, 129k on my '07 Black Cherry VTX1300R w/aux tank, Race Tech Gold F&R,Mean City Cycle, Motolights, Glen's Light Bar w Rivco H-4 aux headlights w/SS Utra bulbs,Radiantz LEDs,Baron tach,Marlin therm&clock, PowerLet,Break-A-Way,K&N, IBA: 2xSS2000,12xSS1000,4xBB1500,2TX1000,NPT 29/76; Lake Superior Circle Tour
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Forgive me, but...

"I'm67 rode to 49 States+DC & 11 Provinces, 124k on my '07 Black Cherry VTX1300R"

Leroy, you are The Man.
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"I'm67 rode to 49 States+DC & 11 Provinces, 124k on my '07 Black Cherry VTX1300R"

Leroy, you are The Man.
Thank you for the complement. Since August I have been sidelined with a broken leg. Just got to start riding again.

My VTX as used on Race Tech site.I'm68 rode to 49 States+DC & 11 Provinces, 129k on my '07 Black Cherry VTX1300R w/aux tank, Race Tech Gold F&R,Mean City Cycle, Motolights, Glen's Light Bar w Rivco H-4 aux headlights w/SS Utra bulbs,Radiantz LEDs,Baron tach,Marlin therm&clock, PowerLet,Break-A-Way,K&N, IBA: 2xSS2000,12xSS1000,4xBB1500,2TX1000,NPT 29/76; Lake Superior Circle Tour
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