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Hey so I dont know if I'm the only one but on my 2011 fltrx i have 14 inch apes and it seems to get a little bit of speed wobbles once I get over 90 but I was wondering if anyone has ever put on a steering dampener to stabilize their ride? if anyone has please post a picture and tell me where you got it and if it is truly worth it.
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Hey so I dont know if I'm the only one but on my 2011 fltrx i have 14 inch apes and it seems to get a little bit of speed wobbles once I get over 90 but I was wondering if anyone has ever put on a steering dampener to stabilize their ride? if anyone has please post a picture and tell me where you got it and if it is truly worth it.
You do not need a steering damper on your glide. You need to adjust your steering head bearings. do you have a service manual? If not I could take pictures of the adjustment pages and email or text them to you.
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If it's not your bearings you've got a wheel or suspension problem. Definitely a problem though that you wouldn't want to cover up with something like a stabilizer.
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Mr White is right.........Dampner is only masking your issue and you really only need one on a bike you are racing to pay your bills - These pigs should not be tank slapping

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Well Killgore, did you find anything wrong with the scoot?


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I was in a HD dealership on Monday 11/7 waiting for my bike to be serviced and started looking at the 17 tri-glides. They now have steering dampers on them. Just the tri glides though, have not looked at the free wheeler (road king trike).


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Guessing that's because of the push while cornering as the triglide doesn't lean like a two wheeler so it's going to want to push that front wheel when it's turned and that will make it hop which will translate into jerking handlebars. just a guess though.


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It's an inherent and often discussed problem with these bikes and the solutions seem to be like fingerprints; each one is different. It varies from steering head bearings, fall away adjustment, swing arms, tires, suspension. My last bike had it, my current bike does not. Traded it in and never found the cause.

I'm with the other guys on here, a damper is a band-aid fix, not a solution. A couple of guys in the forum have used the true-trak with good results, but I think that's for a whole different kind of wobble than what you're experiencing. The Original True-Track

Keep us posted if you find a fix.
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I agree with all of the above. A steering damper isn't needed and it is just a band aid. Your problem is either in the tires such as tire wear, cupping or inflation issues. The steering head bearing is a common problem and if the steering head bearing isn't adjusted correctly then the front end will get a wobble at speed.
My bike will go down the road with no front end wobble with my hands off the handlebars at all speeds, if the front end starts to wobble it is time to replace the front tire even though it doesn't look worn.
The only other thing you could do is keep the bike under 90 mph.


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The only other thing you could do is keep the bike under 90 mph.
Well that just wouldn't be any fun at all.
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