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loose triple tree???
« on: August 18, 2006, 07:29:35 AM »

every time I stop alittle hard on the front brake I can hear a (click) in the front end,I asumed it was a loose adjustment on the f.end so I disasembled the front end and checked adjustment and it was ok...It seems my top tree is clicking on the bottom tree stem..If I loosen the stem nut,you can see the top tree only moving and the stem is stationary...Egged out top tree???wrong adjustment nut??The bottom adjustment nut(under top tree) has a sleeve so the top tree countersinks into it..(maybe not machined to spec???) anyone else had this issue,thanks,,,headpan
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Re: loose triple tree???
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2006, 12:50:49 PM »

I've got the same issue with my DWG, though I've never figured out what it was.  INterested to see what you come up with.
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Re: loose triple tree???
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2006, 09:01:51 PM »

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I'm interested in hearing what you find out. I just bought a 2001 SERG with 20k miles. great bike. Purchased from same dealer where I've bought other HDs. they did 20k service, including servicing the front end. I figured the noise is from either fork spring binding or a sticking fork seal. I haven't check the triple tree, but will now. Let us know what you find.

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Re: loose triple tree???
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2006, 10:28:24 PM »

OK,
 Here is the fix. This is from two different Harley wrench's. Loosen the lower triple tree bolts. Then tighten the top nut to where your fall-away is about 2 to 2.5 inches. Yes it is over factory spec. but they say that's the fix that works.

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Re: loose triple tree???
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2006, 10:13:00 AM »

first thing I did scooter,,no help..
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Re: loose triple tree???
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2006, 01:31:40 PM »

Well, next course of action is to replace the bearings and races. Because that's where the problem is. They don't know why some bikes do it. I think it's how they seat the races in the neck. I replaced them last year on the wife's 97 FXWG and it's all better now.


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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2006, 01:36:34 PM »

One wrench told me that they have even used a impact and set the fall away at 3-4 inches. That was like 6 years ago and the owner of the bike is still riding it with no problems.  I think I might try it for a temp fix and then change everything this winter in the down time.
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Re: loose triple tree???
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2006, 04:46:32 PM »

I had the same issue on my '99 FXDX - either when braking hard or on certain types of bumps, there was a click / clunk in the front end from day 1.  Adjusting the bearings slightly tighter than spec eliminated the problem.  When I pulled the trees to service the bearings at 10k, the races and the bearings looked fine, with no obvious misalignment or scoring.  So at this point the whole thing is still a mystery.  I still think the races and bearings are going to be your answer, however.

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Re: loose triple tree???
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2006, 07:11:52 PM »

well I had her all apart,,,and a certified wrench,,,,so I stick with my diagnos of  bearings and stem tight,,,top tree rocking on adjusting nut ferrel......that top nut is so tight I actually want to back of it a smidge,,I will get her off the ground once more and pull top tree and replace adjusting nut..will let you guys know how it goes....
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2006, 10:28:02 AM »

good luck
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Re: loose triple tree???
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2006, 10:56:35 PM »

bearings and races cured the problem..(like scooter said!1)lol thanks bros
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Re: loose triple tree???
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2020, 10:23:21 PM »

Had the same problem. Tightened the triple tree main bolt that pushes it all down. That solved my issue. And the way you describe your issue was the exact same symptom I was having. Hope it helps.
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Re: loose triple tree???
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2020, 05:32:22 AM »



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