Steering bearing lose?


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Steering bearing lose?

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So over the winter I put new progressive springs up front and progressive shocks in the rear. I just put a new rear tire on it. I also over the winter lubed the steering bearing while I had the fairing off. Now the front seems to "wander" at high way speeds. I also notice that when sitting on the bike engine off and I move the front wheel left to right real quick when I stop I get a vibration that seems like it comes up the handle bars is the best way I can describe it. I torqued the nut to the specs in the service manual but I'm thinking it has to be lose....right? Thanks for the input.


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You may need to re-torque if you have done a few miles - they may need to bed themselves in, so another adjustmet is required.

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Thanks for the reply. I assume you have to take the front faring off in order to do that?
Ed
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I rechecked the tightness of the bearing and it's good. Still have the problem mainly at highway speeds the front end starts to go left and right. It doesn't feel smooth in the turns as well. When on center stand the handlebars move freely from side to side to side with no binding. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.
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Just finished new steering stem bearings a few weeks back and have new Michelin Commander II tires front and rear. Found the steering to be much more fluid and the tires also affect the front end movement.

Did you torque the steering stem IAW the manual. Hooking a spring scale on the handlebars with the wheel off the ground, and applying a force of 500 to 650 grams (17.6-22.9 oz) to turn the bars. You do this to both sides and the maximum difference between left and right sides is 300 grams (10.5 oz).

You mention putting progressive shocks on the rear. Did you put the shocks with the heaviest possible spring rate on the rear? There could be an imbalance between front and rear because of spring rates.

Just a few thoughts to consider. Good luck.

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Your wandering may well be generated from the rear suspension. Swing arm bearings, shocks, tire out of balance, tire wear etc.
The front end wiggle after shaking the handle bars (bike on center stand) seems to be a big goldwing problem. My 1500 does the same thing and I have rebuilt every thing up front trying to eliminate it. I have tested other 1500s and they have all done this.

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It was the steering bearing. I am just an idiot at times. I had it way too tight. I read inch pounds as ft pounds :roll: . I adjusted the bearing and she rides great. I used Ride ON instead of balance beads and so far so good. Hit 90 and smooth as glass. I found this article which is helpful. http://archives.wingworldmag.com/apr200 ... rings.html. Thanks for the input from everyone.

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Glad you got it fixed.

Use Ride-on as well - prefer over the beads.

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