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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 03-03-2011, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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I have a shop manual and while attempting to adjust the steering head bearing I followed the directions to perform the fall away test and where I should see three swings it was almost five! I did have a slight shimmy a few times but nothing too scary like what I heard on this forum. The manual tells you to locate the star adjuster nut under the steering head nut. Well it was a bitch to find because it sure ain't obvious
I hope this helps anyone thinking of attempting this adjustment.

Here's the hot tip I needed to find and after three days and nights of searching I finally found what I was looking for!!!!
The elusive star adjuster is UNDER the top triple tree. It is very hard to see from below but you CAN see it....barely!

You need a simple tool to move the adjuster nut. I don't think a center punch would work unless its very long and thin. The shop manual shows how to make a tool and that would work perfectly I am sure. 16" long would be right. I used a long slender flat blade screw driver and it took a bit of finess but I did get it to work with a couple light easy taps with a hammer. Remember to loosen the pinch bolts first and the top nut. I ended up also removing the instrument bezel and nacelle to access the awkward spot that the star adjuster nut is. A small movement on this adjuster makes a big difference. Double check your adjustment after you re-torque your nutz.
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They don't make it easy for us!! You Da Man!!! Thanks for the heads up.
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I found this webside where the guy took a pretty descent picture of the star adjuster nut, for people who are wondering exactly where it is and what to look for. I'll be doing my adjustment this afternoon.


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Even with a picture it's hard to find. Took me a couple of days and even had someone who knew where it was who couldn't find it. Once found it's a b*tch to turn, but a little goes a long way so don't over do it.


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Thanks for posting the link for the pic. The writer of that article went a step further raising the top triple tree to access and it still wasn't real clear to see was it.

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it is a bit of a bitch to turn but I found if you fabricate a tool as the manual says it makes it way easier and yes, a little turn goes a long way!. It sure doesn't take much.

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if you click on the picture in that link it will change to full size (huge), then the star is easily seen. i couldnt see it at all in the small size. looks more like a gear ring than a star.
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Don't forget to check tire pressure. I had some shimmy developing, right around 35 - 40 mph. Checked the fall away, and it was right on spec. Turns out the front tire was running a bit low (14 lbs).

Lesson learned, not all shimmy is caused by the head bearings. Monitor tire pressure more often.

Second lesson learned, next tire change, get the right angle valve stems

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I have heard the fall away on the later models has been changed by HD to only 1- 1 1/2 swings even tho the manual says 3... check with your dealer..
thats how mine is set and problem went away for a while I did notice it again the other day but it is only when I let go of the bars ...dont have to do that too often

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Even with a picture it's hard to find. Took me a couple of days and even had someone who knew where it was who couldn't find it. Once found it's a b*tch to turn, but a little goes a long way so don't over do it.
A little goes a long way. I know over tightening is very serious, any one have any thoughts, are we turning it 1/32 1/8 turn.
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