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Hay ya all with pre 2006 haritage, how much bearing pre-load do you put on steering stem bearings, have read everything from 0 ft lbs to 40 ft lbs just wondered how most of you all set yours up ?
 

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There is a procedure in the Harley service manual for adjusting the steering head bearings. It is not a torque value.
 

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Correct, the fork neck bearing preload is set using the fall away adjustment procedure.
 

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Is it really necessary to go thru all the hassle of that fall-away method ? What happened to old school wrench’n ! ! ! The local h-d dealer told me they come from factory at 7 to 10 ft lbs & that’s where they set them, (for what’s its worth as ya know from a lot of the dealerships)
 

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Not sure if this will help . . .

 
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Is it really necessary to go thru all the hassle of that fall-away method ? What happened to old school wrench’n ! ! ! The local h-d dealer told me they come from factory at 7 to 10 ft lbs & that’s where they set them, (for what’s its worth as ya know from a lot of the dealerships)
No, it’s not. It’s your bike and you can wrench it however you want.

But I will add that both my 2014 Ultra Limited and 2015 CVO Road Glide Ultra had to be tightened up before hitting 10K miles, as they had developed a dangerous wobble in the steering. The factory setting was not sufficient.

But you do what you think is right.

P.S. If @SCHMIDTY gives you technical advice, you can take it to the bank.
 

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It's not like a fall-away test is all that hard to do anyway. The hardest part is finding something you can use to set up a pointer.
 
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Is it really necessary to go thru all the hassle of that fall-away method ? What happened to old school wrench’n !
Old School Wrenchin....what do you think that is?

When I think of an old school wrench, I think of a guy who has been a wrench for a long time, doing the job correctly...

You either do it the right way, or the hack way, your choice.

The fall away method as written in the FSM is a time tested method, and has been used for decades.
 

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Front End wobble at highway speeds is going to make for a bad day!
 
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