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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-26-2018, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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1200 SEI wobble around curves

My 86 SEI seems to wobble around curves. The tires are fairly new and the pressures are right. The speeds are around 70-80 mph. I tried weight shifting different ways (leaning forward, aft, and off the seat). The roads are smooth interstates with 3 to 4 lanes. I donít remember my 87A doing this. Any thoughts? Oh yea, the head bearings are new (less than a year).

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What kind of tires and what pressure?

How much air are you running in the shocks and do you have Progressive springs?

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Swing arm bearings and tube not rusted?

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32 psi on Michelin commander ii.
Swing arm is not rusted. Bearing?... Iíll have to check it out more.

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Progressive springs and about 10psi in the front and about 50psi in the rear.

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I have Michelin Commander II on my '85 LTD - keep front/rear at 40 PSI. Works well. Check the balance on the tires. I have used Counter Act balancing beads, but now use and prefer Ride-On Sealant and Balance Formula.

Good luck.

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Yeah, my first thought was flat tires, and you have confirmed that.

Pump 'em up and try again.

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Just checked tire air pressure. They are around 42psi. I thought it was 32.

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Budd,
My '85 does this too. It also has the Commander II tires. I like Dennis' advice to stiffen up the shocks. Something I will work on once the riding season comes around.

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When I bought my '85 LTD just over two years ago, one of the first upgrades I did was the suspension. After 30 odd years the suspension needs work even if it is replacing worn/used/weak parts such as the springs. Suspension is a key element in keeping the tires firmly planted on the road. Options are in order of personal preference: Traxxion, Race Tech, Progressive, OEM (if available). Weak/soft suspension also impacts on tire performance and longevity.

Did the same with my '08 1800 as well - Traxxion suspension installed.

Just some thoughts.

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