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    Quote Originally Posted by Downtown Cowtown View Post
    Used to be is right, oriellys is 69 bucks and pretty much so is evil bay.


    New neck bearings outta the box. races also. cups also.

    Tis disappointing since before the frame, front end change it never happened. Ugh. Coulda saved $660 on the frame and the grief that comes with changing it. And the expense of pat Kennedy trees and on and on.

    Jus disappointing,in in all ways.

    Im in it to win it, the lady is jus wishing i would finish it out, so she could ride.

    Life is difficult. When it comes to rake an trail. I can bring the rake in a bit, only took a 4ft crowbar last time to line it all up. Ugh, then shorten the tubes, then shorten the brake lines then then. You get the idea.
    guess its been a while since i bought one....
    have you tried to figure how much trail you have??

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    Try measuring the trail. Photos look lake too much negative...
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    Lotsa expert craftsmen on this forum ready to offer the help with your problem, but all unstable front end analyses orient around a few basic facts, the primary of which is 'trail'. Take a few moments and 'fill in the blank' by measuring and letting us all know your true trail value is to get us all on the same page. I personally believe that your problem will begin to solve itself as soon as that value is determined. While you are measuring also share with us; 1) the neck rake on your frame, and 2) the additional rake dialed in by the triple trees.

    Practical engineering (i.e., trial and error) tought us about how to apply our book-learnings to improve front end stability on a trike, but it always comes back to the '2-planed geometry' layout of a design to show us the most effective route to improve it.

    One other tip - never underestimate the effect that rear tires/alignments/etc. will have on front end stability. Even one rear tire being slightly out of balance can produce a major reaction in the front forks. (But it sounds like you've already double-checked most of that).



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    OK girls here we go, if the pics download. Installing the stabilizer, of course i didn't think it was a bolt on, and its not. Since the bracket is bigger than the frame tube. Ugh.

    To be expected, but my lead tech being a smart feller, took half my idea, i saw a set of Harley handlebars up, with the knurling, cut out of the bars and split, then wrapped around the tube, better yet lead tech breaks a hack saw blade piece off to put next to the tube, then the shim made outta the knurled handled bar to keep the bracket from slipping, hacksaw blade keeps the shim from slipping, damn smart on his part i would have never thought of it.

    Almost installed. Progress report coming.

    Also have magnets on outside my tool box drawers, well once drawer came out then all came out top and bottom and almost impaled him on the bike table, drew blood, then my neighbor came by, Viola, straps on box and 3 bad backs pulling up the Titanic of tool boxes, now its shimmed up in front and no fall, Take my experience and make it your own.

    having PROBLEMS DOWNLOADING PICS, GOT IT DONE, BUT I CHECK THE BOX AND IT STILL NO DOWNLOAD, BIG SIGH.
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    Im pretty much unimpressed with the shock setup, its a Daytona, sold by many for more than i paid. Ad shows a two set up which is what i thought i was to get.

    Seller sent one, Ive notified them im short, the ad no say take you pick, it shows 2 and says one like a kit ? So emailed them, waiting for them to tell me im stupid.

    Ill let eBay takem on. The shock itself has little if any resistance. If its nitro filled, its gone, at least to me, if its hydraulic its never been filled.

    Beware if ya buy this kit or one like it, seems substandard to me. Kit i paid $159 for others Ive seen almost twice the price and its same same.

    Never had this problem with a extended Harley front end of 6inchs on a stock frame, with Harley raked trees, others Ive built using a narrow glide with a permanent 10degree rake tree handled like a cat on a hot stove.

    Guess i could cut down the legs on this road king front end and use the similar in nature top caps on the stock Harley raked trees, and hog out the lower tree to 41mm.

    Go with the cover and the fat boy headlight. As a last resort that might be my last option.

    In all fairness my head shake was slight. At slow speed, no more than 20mph, faster than that no shake, which is the nature of a raked out frame. That^s why some put a 21incher on the front of the old style scoots to help with the flip flop on the front at slow speed.

    Back to the drawing board and i will measure the trail, thanks for the depiction of the bike and measuring trail.

    If your looking for a shock set up similar to this, don't buy this one. MO. Its sold under many names on eBay, but you can tell by looking its same same. Save you money and buy or build something else, altho i like the brackets on this one.

    So far i cant upgrade to a ohlin shock that Ive seen as they are 8 ball shaped. Hundreds of shocks on eBay, all from Thailand, china. and Timbuktu.

    Suggestions ? overall about 15inches long, 1 inch od. about a 5inch stroke, and no almost 100 percent of the sellers don't list the details.

    Rode it awhile ago, turn loose the handle bars almost no shake, but bike will pull to the right if handlebars are unattended at slow speed. Was hoping the shock would help hold her straighter than that.

    That^s my story and how its unfolding, whats your experience. ???IMG_1182.JPGIMG_1262.JPGIMG_1171.JPGIMG_1261.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Downtown Cowtown View Post
    Im pretty much unimpressed with the shock setup, its a Daytona, sold by many for more than i paid. Ad shows a two set up which is what i thought i was to get.

    Seller sent one, Ive notified them im short, the ad no say take you pick, it shows 2 and says one like a kit ? So emailed them, waiting for them to tell me im stupid.

    Ill let eBay takem on. The shock itself has little if any resistance. If its nitro filled, its gone, at least to me, if its hydraulic its never been filled.

    Beware if ya buy this kit or one like it, seems substandard to me. Kit i paid $159 for others Ive seen almost twice the price and its same same.

    Never had this problem with a extended Harley front end of 6inchs on a stock frame, with Harley raked trees, others Ive built using a narrow glide with a permanent 10degree rake tree handled like a cat on a hot stove.

    Guess i could cut down the legs on this road king front end and use the similar in nature top caps on the stock Harley raked trees, and hog out the lower tree to 41mm.

    Go with the cover and the fat boy headlight. As a last resort that might be my last option.

    In all fairness my head shake was slight. At slow speed, no more than 20mph, faster than that no shake, which is the nature of a raked out frame. That^s why some put a 21incher on the front of the old style scoots to help with the flip flop on the front at slow speed.

    Back to the drawing board and i will measure the trail, thanks for the depiction of the bike and measuring trail.

    If your looking for a shock set up similar to this, don't buy this one. MO. Its sold under many names on eBay, but you can tell by looking its same same. Save you money and buy or build something else, altho i like the brackets on this one.

    So far i cant upgrade to a ohlin shock that Ive seen as they are 8 ball shaped. Hundreds of shocks on eBay, all from Thailand, china. and Timbuktu.

    Suggestions ? overall about 15inches long, 1 inch od. about a 5inch stroke, and no almost 100 percent of the sellers don't list the details.

    Rode it awhile ago, turn loose the handle bars almost no shake, but bike will pull to the right if handlebars are unattended at slow speed. Was hoping the shock would help hold her straighter than that.

    That^s my story and how its unfolding, whats your experience. ???IMG_1182.JPGIMG_1262.JPGIMG_1171.JPGIMG_1261.JPG
    the pull to the right is more than likely the the crown in the road you can drive on the wrong side of the road (i didnt really recommend that did i?) more than likely it will pull left...
    yrs ago i put a bungee cord on my front fork to take that little pull away... course then you wanna ride the left on the highway its pulling the wrong way... with very little trail it not very noticeable... but this is the reason i went with a lean set up
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    Have you tried moving your fork brace up any????

    Reason I ask, is I built an ole shovel trike for a pal of mine and when we first got it completed it about tossed him off the scoot from the front end shimmy.

    Got a fork brace and it helped but it was still there.

    What we did, and it even looks better, is to measure the distance between the bottom of the top triple tree to the top of the bottom triple tree along the fork tube. Now move your fork brace up to measure that same distance from the bottom of the bottom triple tree to the top of the fork brace.

    Don't know if that will help with your application but it will probably only take minutes to test to see if that takes care of your issue.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

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    Any suggestions on a shock >>> one i have is weak and brand new, im looking for the adjustable, shock, one inch in diameter, not finding any locally and eBay gotem but i cant put my hands on them an test the resistance.

    Soooo any real world experience ???

    Suggestions ? overall about 15inches long, 1 inch od. about a 5inch stroke, and almost 100 percent of the sellers don't list the details.

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    I guess all you smart guys are keeping a well kept secret, guess few read this and have info that would benefit me, some do, some dont, come on wake up, lets hear it.

    which is the best stabilizer ? mmm, its about 8inch long instead of 15, and about one inch around.

    Is the bk rider best bang for the buck ?

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    I didn't ask about trail, i asked about a stabilizer. You didn't see any info on trail, because i haven't measured it yet.

    As for a band aid, thats a given, jap bikes all come with it on the bigger cc sportsmodels i have, so i guess japs are selling band aids included.

    Im going to run a stabilizer regardless of trail.

    I didn't say it was what i wanted i said it was what it is. Pay attention and have another cup of whatever wakes ya up. Now backs to the program, whats the best stabilizer this side of ohlin. ? Thanks again.

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