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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-28-2017, 01:28 PM
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Guess I have work to do. Thanks all.

I have hit many a pothole here in Ohio, not good on these small wheels. Wheel could be out of wack.

I have never detected any type of notch so far.
If you had access to another like bike nd could swap out front wheels wholesale and see if you had issue still, that would be instructive.


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Sorry for the late replay xringracing.
Your front wheel is out of balance, go and have it balanced in your workshop.
This is typical in every bike, most noticeable in small wheeled bikes.

I changed my front wheel few months ago, and when new and balanced it was perfect. Now 5k km afterwards, it's again out of balance and starting to wobble.
Go and have it balanced. Nothing wrong in your front bearings in my opinion.
Please comment on the results, mine is now wobbly too.

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Watched video. Jezuz. No way would I be riding that thing until it is fixed.

That said...you know, my Jeep does the same thing. I thought it was because I put the replacement steering stabilizer on wrong. So, I removed it, and installed a new one correctly. That DID solve my problem for a few months, but now it is back again.

So, I don't know what the problem is. It is scared though. Jeep doesn't do it until you are above 40mph or so. In Jeep circles, they call it the "death wobble" and it is closely associated with Jeeps that have been modified with increased suspension.
First off, wheel bearings should last a long, long, long time. So if you're replacing them, you've got problems. How many miles at the first replacement? You only mentioned that it was two years ago. I would think that if you got 75,000 miles on them, you got your moneys worth out of them. After that, you are on borrowed time.

Hey AG, ain't you go any nerve? That little shake bother you? My 400 Shook exactly like that and it NEVER bothered me, not even for a New York Minute! First things first, your not supposed to let go of the handlebars, much less drive around not holding them! Didn't you notice in that Video that when he was holding the handlebars that they NEVER SHOOK. I never tried mine without the top box like he did, for comparison. Yeah just keep good tires, balance them

And everybody knows that the Jeeps are famous for their problems with wheel and brakes. Didn't those abs senors give you a fit a while back. I wouldn't be worried about any wobble, I'b be worried about that Jeep! (That's why I drive only Toyota's now, No problems Mate!)
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First off, wheel bearings should last a long, long, long time. So if you're replacing them, you've got problems. How many miles at the first replacement?
Ive never replaced my wheel bearings on any vehicle I now own, except trailers.

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You only mentioned that it was two years ago. I would think that if you got 75,000 miles on them, you got your moneys worth out of them. After that, you are on borrowed time.
Im not sure what you are talking about.

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Hey AG, ain't you go any nerve? That little shake bother you?
Anytime a vital control component does not appear to be operating as designed, I don't find that to be a positive thing.

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And everybody knows that the Jeeps are famous for their problems with wheel and brakes. Didn't those abs senors give you a fit a while back.
Turned out there was nothing wrong with the sensors. It was one of the wires that corroded thanks to all the salt the morons in PA dump on the road.

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I wouldn't be worried about any wobble, I'b be worried about that Jeep! (That's why I drive only Toyota's now, No problems Mate!)
My brother used to be a Jeep man, now he's all Honda.
Nothing to do with being a Jeep. I got to the root of my problem, finally. The aftermarket trackbar I put on had a loose nut holding it on. I didn't take the "retorque after X miles" instructions seriously enough. So, the issue ended up being aftermarket part installed with user error. I tightened that nut, which was so loose that it was doing nothing at all, to the required 125 ft pounds and I have not had any problems since.


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AG - Ive never replaced my wheel bearings on any vehicle I now own, except trailers.

Sorry for the cornfusion- I was talking to the OP, xringracing (His Bearings)

AG - Im not sure what you are talking about.

Sorry for the cornfusion- I was talking to the OP, xringracing

AG - Anytime a vital control component does not appear to be operating as designed, I don't find that to be a positive thing.
Everything don't always work the way its supposed to!

AG - Turned out there was nothing wrong with the sensors. It was one of the wires that corroded thanks to all the salt the morons in PA dump on the road.
Glad that turned out ok.

AG - Nothing to do with being a Jeep. I got to the root of my problem, finally. The aftermarket trackbar I put on had a loose nut holding it on. I didn't take the "retorque after X miles" instructions seriously enough. So, the issue ended up being aftermarket part installed with user error. I tightened that nut, which was so loose that it was doing nothing at all, to the required 125 ft pounds and I have not had any problems since.
I guess as far a vehicles go - to each their own

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Watched the video, my 06 400 does that, too... Between 30-35 mph, goes away at higher speeds...
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Well guys, my wobble has gotten seemingly worse over the past 2 months. I installed new "used " rims on the bike front and back. Rims were very low mileage and straight as can be. Checked by a shop. Wheel bearings are in like new shape. New rotor and pads, not that I expected the rotor to be an issue.

Shop told me if the handle bars needed tightening, the steering wheel when held to the right would snap back until it hit the stop on the other side. My steering wheel does that now, it used to stop about halfway centered. I also get significant fight on my bars when going over curbs etc.

I have no idea what I'm doing with this sort of things. Anyone point me to some video's or directions on tightening the steering bearings?

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The procedure is simple. But you will need the tools and a fishing weight scale too. Follow LeDudes steps for fork oil maintenance here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...5UNJG5KDvM/pub


Then loosen up the bottom forktub clamp bolts. On the top of the steering stem is a lock nut and a spanner nut. With the lock nut loosened up, turn the spanner nut down to load the bearings till the correct "PULL" on the bars with the fish scale is achieved. Then holding the spanner nut so it does not turn, tighten the lock nut down and retest the "PULL". If correct, tighten the forktubs nuts, put all tupperware back on and test ride.

I am 300 miles away for my service manual so I do not have the page number for the "PULL" spec's. Someone like MJR will chime in soon. I need to do this soon on my Burgman.
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