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Our tech team is here to help! We recently hosted another Tech Talk on our Facebook page, where we have YOU – our fans and customers – post your technical questions to our Facebook page, and a member of our in-house tech team responds. Here’s a recap of a few of the questions from this week’s Tech Talk:
Q: I have a 2001 ZRX, and I get a wobble at 110-130 mph. I just had the front wheel balanced. Any suggestions to remedy?
A: You may want to check the wheel bearing, but adding a steering stabilizer will also help!
Q: Can the baffles be removed from a 2006 Honda 750 Shadow without re-jetting? It’s got stock pipes.
A: You will need to re-jet; it will run too lean if you remove the baffles without doing so.
Q: I’m installing Progressive heavy-duty standard height springs on my 2005 FLHR. I ride this Road King pretty hard. What weight fork oil is recommended?
A: We’d suggest using Type B or 15 wt fork oil.
Q: I have a 2000 Shadow Sabre 1100 and I’ve put a K&N filter in it along with V&H Longshots. Is it worth it to get it re-jetted, and will I notice any significant gains if I do so?
A: Yes, it is absolutely worth it to re-jet. It will make your bike run better, and you’ll also notice a gain in power.
Q: What are your thoughts on balancing rear tires? I’m from the the school of autos where you balance them all… always. After I purchased tired from you, I took them to a shop to have them installed, and they said that balancing rear tires on motorcycles isn’t important, (although they did it since I asked.)
A: I think it’s always best to have them balanced. It may not be vital, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important!
Q: I have a 2000 Fatboy, and I’ve been wanting to jet my carb, but Harley shops don’t stock jet kits anymore. There are several different kits and the price range is crazy. How do I know which one to get? I know the stock jet sizes, so would it be just as easy to buy the jets for $3 rather than a kit for $100?
A: It’s actually better to run a jet kit since it will come with a new fuel needle for running at half throttle. By replacing only the jets, it will run lean in low- to mid-throttle. The lower priced kits work best on stock motors.
Remember, you can post your questions to our Facebook wall any time, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. What’s your question?
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