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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-09-2016, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Front Wheel Screws? 2011 Road Glide Custom

Can anyone please tell me why I have these screws on 1 side of my wheel but NOT the other? I know it's a dumb question, but I haven't noticed on other bikes.
You will notice the screws on the bottom of the right side fork but not on the left side.
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Looks like a home made fix. Probably did something to the threads in the lower forks or bracket that holds the axle. I think they used a threaded rod than used the large nuts to clamp it down with. If lucky you might be able to just replace with the correct bolts.
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Looks like a home made fix. Probably did something to the threads in the lower forks or bracket that holds the axle. I think they used a threaded rod than used the large nuts to clamp it down with. If lucky you might be able to just replace with the correct bolts.

Nope. That's stock and someone even upgraded to chrome acorn nuts. The left side is solid and that is the side the axel nut is on underneath that chrome cap. The Rushmore bikes have a different setup so they don't look like this. All 13' & older touring bikes have this setup unless someone switched to something aftermarket like a hidden axel setup or different style fork lowers all together.


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My mistake. Looked closer at the pics I do see one fork lower is solid. I was mainly going from my memory of my 91 FXR which I believe axle bolted on both lowers. Probably remembering incorrectly.
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FORK AXLE CLAMP BOLTS/NUTS. NOT` wheel screws.

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Can anyone please tell me why I have these screws on 1 side of my wheel but NOT the other? I know it's a dumb question, but I haven't noticed on other bikes.
You will notice the screws on the bottom of the right side fork but not on the left side.
Thanks
Without seeing what the END of the bolts look like, it's hard to tell what's going on there. The left side has a nut on the end of the axle, which is hidden under the chrome cap. On the right side, there's a clamp which pinches the axle, which is secured by the 2 screws (or studs) threaded into the fork lower.

It almost looks like the bolts (or studs) that were used are too long, so the installer used a couple of nuts as spacers. Can't really tell from the photo. Look at them from the BOTTOM. If there's Allen or Torx bolt heads under there, stop riding, and get the right length bolts (or studs). It appears that there are 2 washers above what looks to be some lug nuts. I suggest lug nuts because of the taper facing the washers. Wrong application of that fastener, if that's the case.

There *should* be a flat and a lock washer in the location you've photographed, with a nut or bolt head after that. An END VIEW would be helpful to troubleshoot/ identify remotely.


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Without seeing what the END of the bolts look like, it's hard to tell what's going on there. The left side has a nut on the end of the axle, which is hidden under the chrome cap. On the right side, there's a clamp which pinches the axle, which is secured by the 2 screws (or studs) threaded into the fork lower.

It almost looks like the bolts (or studs) that were used are too long, so the installer used a couple of nuts as spacers. Can't really tell from the photo. Look at them from the BOTTOM. If there's Allen or Torx bolt heads under there, stop riding, and get the right length bolts (or studs). It appears that there are 2 washers above what looks to be some lug nuts. I suggest lug nuts because of the taper facing the washers. Wrong application of that fastener, if that's the case.

There *should* be a flat and a lock washer in the location you've photographed, with a nut or bolt head after that. An END VIEW would be helpful to troubleshoot/ identify remotely.
Those look like the chrome acorn style nuts that HD sells to replace the ugly stock nuts that came from the factory. I believe they might even have come with the chrome lowers as part of the package. I had that same setup on my 09' until I switched to the hidden axle setup. The only thing wrong with this is that it doesn't look as cool as other aftermarket setups.
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Looks just like what you get with a chrome slider kit from the MoCo.
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