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1997 Goldwing GL1500 front end wobble

Okay, so I know this issue has been debated and discussed all over the Internet. But I'm really wanting to solve the wobble issue that seems to happen between 35mph and 45 mph during cruise or deceleration (even acceleration). I installed the strut brace last year and it helped with the wobble; would not do it quite as easy. But what I hated about the brace was how stiff it made the front end ride, and I do mean stiff. So I removed the brace.

After riding the GL1200 for a few days, and going back to my GL1500, there's an obvious difference in the handle-bar feel. The bars on the GL1200 do not feel overwhelmed, but in fact feel tight, whereas the GL1500 bars feel flimsy and lose. It's my theory that the tree bearings might be worn, but also my front tire as I've noticed that you could feel the front end trying to wobble on high leans (left or right). I inspected the front tire and you can see that there is an awkward wear pattern towards the outer edges of the tire. So I will replace the tire first to see if that's the culprit. If not, then I will remove both struts and check the tree. Seems far too easy to turn the handle bars, and they appear to wiggle a little when you oscillate the bars left and right, as though the wheel/tire itself does not immediately turn with the bars; feels like there's play left and right.

Has anyone ever solved the Goldwing wobble issue WITHOUT having to install the after-market strut brace?

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You may want to update the steering head bearings with tapered ones. http://wingstuff.com/products/36876-...-gl1200-gl1100
You can also try to readjust the ones that are in place.
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Your GL1500 has the tapered steering stem bearings. I would replace the tire first. If that does not resolve the issue then re-torque the steering stem bearings.

Then go from there if needed.....!

If you are referring to the "Super Brace", they help to prevent flexing of the front forks but do not cause the forks to be harder to collapse (up and down). However it is important to install them correctly so they "do not bind" the forks. I have used one for many years.....!
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Yes, I have stopped the dreaded front end wobble. It was easy.

I stopped using Dunlop tires.

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I have my 2nd GL1500SE. Neither one has a 'wobble'. But I did re-torque the front triple tree bearings on the first one I owned just because I had other things off, so it was easy then. I also have a GL1800 that has the 'super brace' installed by the P O> He and others on the forums claim it makes a difference. I have never ridden without it so can't say for sure. I would check the tire pressure 1st, then the triple tree bearings for tightness. After that, maybe even the rear swing arm bearings or rear tire. I have heard both cause some problems that are hard to track down. It may take a while and some 'tinkering' to fix it. When you do, please let us know what solved the problem and what all you had done to get there.
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Thanks for the inputs guys!

I will try torquing the tree bearings since to me (by feel) that might be what's causing the problem. Even with the super-brace I installed (and also removed), it still wobbled although not as much. It might also be my tire since the wobbling in more tense under right or left turn leans.

My tires are Bridgestone; only my 1986 model has Dunlops.

I will definitely post my finds.

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The tire causes the wobble, period. Tightening the stem &/or rebuilding the forks might mask the problem but the cause would still be there.
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How much air and is the rear squaring off? Are they radials?

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put that fork brace back on



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put that fork brace back on
I hate the way it makes the front so stiff; does a lot of bouncing. It might be because the struts will have to be loosened so that the brace fits perfectly without flexing the struts outwards as they were doing. But even with the brace on, it still wobbled although not as easily as it does without the brace. I think it's the tire as you can see the treat sort of feathering on the tire edges.

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