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I put 6 degree ez-steer on my 1500 trike and in high winds, it is all over the road. What can i do, to correct this problem?

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Have you considered a stabilizer? How tight is stem nut? Maybe not tight enough? How easy are your bars to turn when wheel is off the ground? Did you get a good kit?
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I understand the 6 degree makes very easy steering. I wonder if a 4 degree tree is not the more common . That aside I would say check the head bearings for proper torque settings .

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The 6 degree kits while providing easy steering can be sensitive under certain conditions... As others have said, check steering head bearing torque and if problem persists, going to a 4 1/2 degree will probably solve the problem although it will steer a bit harder than the 6 degree...

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On a traditional motorcycle an over torqued head bearing will cause the bike to wander and cause constant corrections to keep it going straight ahead.

Thinking of cars, too much toe-in (or was it toe out) will cause a similar situation. Not sure if that's an adjustment on a trike.

Just some thoughts. Not sure how wind effects it but I suppose could exacerbate something. Good luck!


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I put 6 degree ez-steer on my 1500 trike and in high winds, it is all over the road. What can i do, to correct this problem?
You only have the one front steer wheel so it can't be a "toe" issue.
What torque figure did you use torqueing the front stem nut before locking it down? Your GL1500 came OEM with tapered roller stem bearings, if a new EZSteer ..... you got new ones did you not? As a bike I believe the specs are 14 ft lbs.... I seem to recall EZSteer calls for about double that. These tapered roller bearings will tolerate that ..... unlike ball bearings that have much smaller surface area in contact with the races.

I have a 6 degree kit on my Lehman I installed myself in 2004, steering was greatly enhanced but it is easier to let cross windage affect the steering if you fall asleep and let it blow your upper body around.
Don't know what fork springs you have, but if OEM .... you can do yourself a huge favor with either Progressive Suspension 11-1112 or 11-1122 springs .... now that you have 6 degrees more rake in the tubes and far less trail, the tubes are laying down 6 degrees closer to earth .... avoid the 11-1152 springs.
11-1122 is for GL-1200 GoldWings (need 1/2 or 3/4" spacer in 1500 forks).
20.00 " L <>1.34" OD <> 45/70 Lbs/In.
11-1112 is for Kawasaki KZ1200/1300 (in my 1500 trike, no spacer needed)
20.75 " L <>1.19" OD <> 45/70 Lbs/In
11-1152 is for GL-1500 GoldWings (and are great in a "motorcycle")
20.50 " L <>1.35" OD <> 35/80 Lbs/In.
You will also like the new Avon Cobra Trike Radial front tire if you'll just try it





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I just got my first Trike with EZ steer, 6 degree (hannigan 180 front end). I did some reading before hand that said with the increased angle, the crown in the road becomes much more noticeable. I have noticed this on mine, it likes to wonder on the crown.

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what about the forks in relation to each other? Is there a fork brace added to the trike? Toe on the rear is good?
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I put 6 degree ez-steer on my 1500 trike and in high winds, it is all over the road. What can i do, to correct this problem?
Just get used to it, I felt the same but it got better, nope, I got used to it! Be safe out there...........
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I just got my first Trike with EZ steer, 6 degree (hannigan 180 front end). I did some reading before hand that said with the increased angle, the crown in the road becomes much more noticeable. I have noticed this on mine, it likes to wonder on the crown.
That's odd.

I wonder ..... have you ridden a trike with unmodified front forks?

When we got our trike it still had OEM front end, steered very heavy, took more effort to steer against the crown and in hard corners and if puuling out from a stop with front turned like in a hurry ..... took great effort to force the turn under hard throttle.
I rode it like that awhile and made the change to a 6 degree EZSteer myself.

The resultant decrease in trail accomplished by laying the tubes down with a "rake kit" moves the front axle forwards and will lessen "trail" as it moves the tire contact closer to that imaginary point where a line drawn through the steering stem strikes the road. This decreases the tendency to fall off the crown, etc .... and mine did get easier to steer under power when steering like coming out of a side road, etc .... and in curves ... and it also stays up on the crown with less conscious effort.

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