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Old 08-04-2019, 02:53 PM   #1
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Stiff steering at slow speeds

Hi guys I have a 2016 vrod muscle. I was out for a ride yesterday and I noticed at slow speeds 1 spot seems stiff not unmanageable just not like it was. Hope someone has an idea. Thanks
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Hi guys I have a 2016 vrod muscle. I was out for a ride yesterday and I noticed at slow speeds 1 spot seems stiff not unmanageable just not like it was. Hope someone has an idea. Thanks
Probably headstock bearings. Jack it up so the front end is off the ground and check the fallaway. These bikes are notorious for dry bearings in the headstock and can have a lot of problems if you have power washed it.
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Having the same issue w/ my 13 NRS. I always try to keep water away from the neck when washing, but the last few rides I've noticed it stiffening up and catching occasionally. Hopefully it straightens out or it's going another project added to the list
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Having the same issue w/ my 13 NRS. I always try to keep water away from the neck when washing, but the last few rides I've noticed it stiffening up and catching occasionally. Hopefully it straightens out or it's going another project added to the list
Use marine grade grease whenever you repack or replace the bearings.
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Use marine grade grease whenever you repack or replace the bearings.
Good tip, thanks! How much of a PITA is it to replace them?
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I look at it today and took for a little ride you are total right thanks so much. Ride on boys 🤟
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Can you tell me what people are putting back in, other then the crapy stock one. Thanks
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Can you tell me what people are putting back in, other then the crapy stock one. Thanks
Nothing wrong with the stock bearings or races. Corrosion will kill any of them. You can also go this way for bearing, cone and seal.

Steering head bearings Timken. Roller L44643, cone L44610, Harley seal 48184-01
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Good tip, thanks! How much of a PITA is it to replace them?
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