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    Quote Originally Posted by chopptrk View Post
    If tightening the fork stem/neck bearing "nut" helps, then I would have to suggest a steering damper/stabilizer. I've noticed that most older factory bikes that have side cars (trikes?) have some sort of steering stabilizer. Also some factory built trikes use steering dampers. I installed one one my vw trike and liked it so much that I installed another on the other side. Worked great for me.
    This may sound like a dumb question. But do the stabilizers limit your steering radius, or make it more difficult to turn?

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    Dave I have not ever used a steering stabilizer, but I think they just dampen or slow down a quick road input that could become an oscillation if not damped. The stabilizer should have enough travel to allow full steering travel. I would assume the stabilizer would add a small amount of resistance to the steering effort. I'm sure many stabilizers have been added to cover up problems coming from worn parts, loose parts bad tires etc. Just guessing here but, I think some mfg's may add them to prevent shimmy as their products wear. No mfg wants their product to get a bad reputation!



    design factors can also contribute to shimmy....but my knowledge of that stops here! good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveO98 View Post
    This may sound like a dumb question. But do the stabilizers limit your steering radius, or make it more difficult to turn?
    Hey Dave, good question. If mounted correctly, it will not limit turning radius. Hard (for me) to explain but the angle of attachment needs to insure you keep the full range of movement. Also I guess it's a lil stiffer but not difficult to turn what so ever. Hope this helped.

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