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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-01-2018, 07:13 PM
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Irod, since you had a shop change your tires I would check the four pinch bolts at the bottom of the fork legs to be sure their mechanic tightened them. The axle will shift side to side if they're not tight.

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post #32 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-02-2018, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys. I checked the front wheel and it seems to be ok.
Checked the rear and the drive bearings feel as if there was sand in them. Will need to replace them.
Looking at how to do that now. Probably not the cause of the front loose, but I am sure it does add to the feeling. Also, the square plate attached to the wheel has play (in and out, is that normal?
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Ok, I did the following: re torqued the neck bearings according to Tapper’s write up.
Removed and install front wheel
Removed and install rear wheel (need to replace the rear drive bearing eventually)
Went for a ride.

It is riding much better. Actually probably even better than when I bought it.
Now, I am not sure what did it but it was one of the three or the three.

Happy to be able to ride back.

Thank you to all that brought input to the matter. I do appreciate it. It is a great thing to be able to get some answer from helpful people.
Take care. Ride safe.
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Ok, I did the following: re torqued the neck bearings according to Tapper’s write up.
Removed and install front wheel
Removed and install rear wheel (need to replace the rear drive bearing eventually)
Went for a ride.

It is riding much better. Actually probably even better than when I bought it.
Now, I am not sure what did it but it was one of the three or the three.

Happy to be able to ride back.

Thank you to all that brought input to the matter. I do appreciate it. It is a great thing to be able to get some answer from helpful people.
Take care. Ride safe.
Thats why you shouldn't do more than one change at a time to eliminate things one at a time.
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post #35 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-02-2018, 07:45 PM
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I'm guessing it was the neck bearing preload.. You said it was only finger tight.. I can understand how that would cause the front end to feel loose...

Check this thread for your flange bearing problem...

https://www.vtxoa.com/forums/6-vtx-1...?action=thread

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post #37 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-04-2018, 07:31 PM
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I went from an 1800C with a 130 width to an 1800R with a 150 width and could notice a difference... I would say it may be just a little more responsive with the 140 vice 150?

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I do not feel much difference with the 140, i did notice it loose and was not sure if it was due to the difference in tire size, but I guess it was due to the neck bearing being loose.
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post #39 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-10-2018, 01:05 AM
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Had a set of front and back Metzler's, lower your tire pressure closer to the PSI posted on your drive shaft.
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