Front end side to side wobble


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The Dman
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Front end side to side wobble

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I just bought an 85 Limited Edition GW.When Im drifting real slow,the front end wants to wobble a little from left to right.However,once Im rolling it stops.When I punch it,the wobble is not there,and when rolling down the road,its smooth as glass.It only wobbles at first before I twist the throttle.Any ideas or advice appreciated.



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geraldm
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Re: Front end side to side wobble

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torque your neck brgs . per book specs
and probably will go away

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Re: Front end side to side wobble

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Mine did the same thing as what you are describing. Mine would do not all the time but at times when I would be coasting and slowing down t about 35 mph or so then the front end would wobble/shake until I pulled the clutch in. I am rebuilding the front forks and I also did the steering bearing. The bearings and races were in good shape and just needed cleaning and greasing and they were lose by the way. I'm now waiting on parts to rebuild the front forks as well. Putting in new springs and sliders and guides. I can't wait to get her put back together and see how she rides.
Thanks to all who answer and help. It is greatly appreciated!
Ed

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Re: Front end side to side wobble

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ah yes the dreaded front end wobble very common, steering head bearings have been mentioned, another common culprit are the front or rear tires its either wear, or tire pressures both can create front end wobble at slow speeds.

The Dman
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Re: Front end side to side wobble

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Its more of a slight wiggle than a wobble.Only when I let off the clutch without twisting the throttle.Once I gun it,its fine.

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Re: Front end side to side wobble

Post by WingAdmin »

The Dman wrote:Its more of a slight wiggle than a wobble.Only when I let off the clutch without twisting the throttle.Once I gun it,its fine.
Check both your swingarm pivots as well as your U-joint and driveline splines.



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