Fall away for the front fork bearings

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Fall away for the front fork bearings

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Post by Holtvintage » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:00 pm

I recently replaced the neck bearings on a '82 FLH. My manual doesn't have a specific torque or procedure to know how much to tighten the stem nut. I've done a neck bearings replacement before on a evo Springer, the manual showed to use a plumb bob off the front fender. It was a little hit or miss to say the least. Any input from someone who has done this is greatly appreciated. Thanks



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Re: Fall away for the front fork bearings

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Post by Doc37W » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:39 pm

Springers had to have the procedure with the plumb bob, as H-D was having wobbles with the front end. Do you have the H-D Service Manual? That has the best info for setting up your front forks. The biggest mistake most make is to leave the fork tubes in the trees and attempt to hang the whole thing on the frame. The correct way is to install the lower tree first, tightening the 'star' nut to where the tree turns smoothly, with no binding of the greased roller bearings. THEN, install the top tree, nut & lockwasher (leaving the lockwasher unbent, in case you need to remove the top tree). Finally, install the tubes & legs, testing the smoothness of the front end. Only then, do you bend the washer to lock down the top nut. Doc

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Re: Fall away for the front fork bearings

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Post by Holtvintage » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:50 pm

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Re: Fall away for the front fork bearings

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Post by Holtvintage » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:54 pm

Here is copy of my manual. Seems simple enough. I just so happen to have sent my lower legs off to the chrome shop or I would have been the guy who tried to set it up with front end together ;) I know its a song and dance to tighten it up more after everything is together. Wobbles are a scary feeling. Thanks

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Re: Fall away for the front fork bearings

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Post by PanPal » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:13 pm

Is that a H-D Service Manual you are using?

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Re: Fall away for the front fork bearings

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Post by Holtvintage » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:53 pm

Yes. I've heard bad things about the clymer manuals.

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Re: Fall away for the front fork bearings

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Post by RooDog » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:39 pm

Clymer, Chilton, Haynes, the Unholy Trinity of misinformation, must be avoided...... RooDog

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Re: Fall away for the front fork bearings

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Post by Buddhahoodvatoloco » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:52 pm

Although some of there pictures are good.
RooDog wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:39 pm
Clymer, Chilton, Haynes, the Unholy Trinity of misinformation, must be avoided...... RooDog

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