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Old 10th August 2010
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Anybody tell me how to get the chrome cap off the top of the trees on a r model? I tried prying and nothing but a small nick in the top tree. Does it require a strap wrench? Or am I doing something wrong?
They just turn off (turn to the left - "lefty loosey"). They have a small screw on them that screws into the steering head bolt.

If a PO used locktite on it, use a heat gun to heat the cap prior to screwing it off (best use a leather glove to spin it off after heating).
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Just did mine going into it more looking for something to do then thinking it was needed but wow glad I did. Only at 13K on my 04 but it appears as if this should be a time interval service in addition or instead of mileage as one dust cover had some moisture damage. I just cleaned it up and am good to go about 2.5 hr job for me including dropping the repacked bearing in the gunk on garage floor and cleaning and repacking a second time. Du'oh.
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G'day mate,Chukks here in downtown Bris Aust,top article you wrote here mate,Im attempting to fit a Billett wide glide front end on my 76 XL iron head Sporty and I'm having trouble getting the front end to turn without grating, I fitted an internal neck stop and tho its a tight and snug fit in the bottom of the neck it still moves, I'm wondering if I have the wrong bearing in the bottom as I just read a Custom Chrome instal guide and it refers to the lower bearing not having a Radius while the top bearing does,I can't see any dif in the two,can you shed any light in this for me?? .
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G'day mate,Chukks here in downtown Bris Aust,top article you wrote here mate,Im attempting to fit a Billett wide glide front end on my 76 XL iron head Sporty and I'm having trouble getting the front end to turn without grating, I fitted an internal neck stop and tho its a tight and snug fit in the bottom of the neck it still moves, I'm wondering if I have the wrong bearing in the bottom as I just read a Custom Chrome instal guide and it refers to the lower bearing not having a Radius while the top bearing does,I can't see any dif in the two,can you shed any light in this for me?? .
Thanks mate,
Merry Xmas...
G'day Chukks

An incredibly accomplished mechanic I'm not. I am however extremely good at figuring out machinery that is right in front of me.

Unfortunately that means I can't really offer you any help for your particular bike.

My suggestions would be to post in the Iron Head forum section http://xlforum.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=7
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Cheers and I hope ya have a triffic festering season
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Thanks mate,I'll stick it on there an see wot happens,have a good one.

My suggestions would be to post in the Iron Head forum section http://xlforum.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=7
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Just found this thread and it was well covered. But, I've never found a plastic ball bearing on a Jap bike. Maybe a plastic retainer to keep the bearings together, but, I doubt that would hold up either. Mavic of France tried a plastic headset for racing bicycles in the 70s during the lightness fads. They were mainly for very short Record attempts. The same in a 500-800lbs cycle is silly. One idea I've always used with my cycles is the grease nipple on the steer column, since 1990. Just one small shot about every 2-3 months if you ride alot goes a long way. Also, before riding a bicycle we always lifted the front end off the ground and turned the bars lock to lock 3-4 times to move the races and track fresh grease on the balls. Don't try to lift the front but each day before you take off, twist them bars lock to lock and it will endure a long time. My three bikes I ride now have 69,000, 42,000, and 14,600 miles. They all have nipples, and the front end rides smooth enough that I can drink water, clean my facesheild, and change gloves at 75 mph with no hands. The only trouble I've ever had out of some 20 bikes was an old CB450 NightHawk. The 1st I ever bought.
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Thanks Gronk,nice,simple way to do yor front-end mae,did mine the way you did and it was a piece of cake, stay safe an thanks...
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Hi Blokes,
When I triked my sporty, she would shake her head around 25 mph on acceleration. So I fitted a damper that worked a treat, but it had to be screwed up fully. I then found a site that gave me the amount of trail for my sporty based on the wheel distance between the front and back wheels. The site said that the normal trail is 3 degrees and my trike needed 5-6 degrees, so I got a set of yokes with 6 degrees, only problem was they were 10 inches wide, so I had to dump the forkbrace that was on and make a new mudguard stay out of 1" x 1/4" steel to make up the lack of the forkbrace I had before.
I also had to make a new mounting point brackets for the headlamp. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the 25mph wobble has gone and I still keet the damper on, as it stops the front end shaking on the excuse that we call for roads here in the uk. I greased the bearings with wheel bearing grease when I had the front end apart and occasionally give her a shot in the nipple on the fork stem. She definately handles better with the wider forks and the 6 degree trail or whatever. Cheers Dave
Below is the new fork brace/mudguard stay and damper in place, and the brackets for the headlamp, and below that, a pair of us collecting for the RBL at last years Rememberance Weekend.



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