Update on Scary Wobble


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HondaWalt
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1974 CB 550

Update on Scary Wobble

Postby HondaWalt » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:21 am



HondaWalt
This is an update to all those kind enough to address the Scary Wobbling over bumps in the road question I presented back in Jan.
I fabricated a tool that would allow me to re-torque the steering neck nut without tearing down the whole bikes front end (have Full Fairings). Method: I suspended the handle bars in place from the garage ceiling on a teather without disconnecting any controls other than the Tach cable. Removed the fork cross over hose and pulled up on the top plate which gave me access to the nut requiring re-torqeuing. Home made Tool description:
The nut tool was made from a large dia. 1/8th inch thick steel washer. The nut to be torqued was measured where the slots are and transfered to the washer. 4 equally spaced drilled tapped holes (10-32) were placed on this dimension with 4 hex head bolts screwed in and locked with jam nuts on the opposite side of the washer. A 3/8ths drive square hole was then filed into the washer to accomodate an extension and torque wrench. The 4 hex bolt heads were then filed to shape (width wise)to fit the slots in the steering nut. I Was able to lift the top plate of the steering tree enough (1/4 inch over the steering shaft) to slip in the new nut tool.
Once in place I was able to re-torque the nut... the steering wobble problem is gone! I was quite surprized over the amount of nut movement. Aparently it's true once disassembled there is a seating period that occurs during the first 100 plus miles which dictates that re-torqueing procedure. The entire effort of disassembling / reassembling and re-torqueing took only 1 hour with this tool instead of tearing down the bike according to the manual to use a socket. Thanks again to all those that participated in troble shooting my bikes problem.
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Re: Update on Scary Wobble

Postby eklimek » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:39 am

Pictures. We really like pictures. Especially of clever things.

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Re: Update on Scary Wobble

Postby Baunix63 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:51 pm

Pictures!
I´ve a similar Problem!
Michael from Bavaria

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Re: Update on Scary Wobble

Postby crackercap » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:10 pm

great write-up, what model/year bike did you do this on?

HondaWalt
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Re: Update on Scary Wobble

Postby HondaWalt » Wed May 01, 2013 12:38 am

Thanks everyone for your interest. The Gold Wing I have is a 1980 1100. I took apart the entire machine (but not the engine internals) and repainted the entire machine (engine and all) with a paint spray can...Rustoleum Black and Engine High Heat Gray paints are my friends. Surprising I've had 3 offers of purchase at different places I"ve been...it did turn out real good.I have taken a photo and drew the steps I used to fabricate the Steering Neck Tool. The dimensions are left out intentionally because where ever this type of nut is used (different sizes) and your handy enough to make one you should be able to size it up yourself. You will see at the Far lower right hand corner of the photo is the actual tool on the drawings. The shinny surface circle was only a marker for me during fabrication, don't pay any attention to it or read anything into it just follow the drawn steps. When finished you'll have a tool that cuts down plenty of tare down time to do a simple task.
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eklimek
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Re: Update on Scary Wobble

Postby eklimek » Wed May 01, 2013 8:20 am

SImple, clever, direct. I like it very much. Thank you for sharing.

r.swanson
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Re: Update on Scary Wobble

Postby r.swanson » Fri May 03, 2013 4:44 pm

was that a high speed wobble mine is a low speed wobble less than 10 mph :? :?

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Re: Update on Scary Wobble

Postby HondaWalt » Mon May 06, 2013 3:36 am

It was both,... a low speed wobble is noticed while turning, you would have to restrain the turn a little from floping over and at high speeds when driving over an irregular surface in the road going straight it would start to wobble and then calm down.

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Re: Update on Scary Wobble

Postby r.swanson » Mon May 06, 2013 5:42 am

I have a low speed wobble at les than 10 mph had everything checked but could not find anything
don't know to do next ?

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Re: Update on Scary Wobble

Postby HondaWalt » Tue May 07, 2013 10:59 pm

I would be looking at the rear swing arm for any kind of lateral play (side to side worn bearing) and it's torque. Axles are another point to look at for spaceing, tightness, and bearing condition.
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Re: Update on Scary Wobble

Postby r.swanson » Wed May 08, 2013 5:14 am

ok thanks I will get it checked and let you know




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