When Harley-Davidson started rubber mounting their engines in FLT &
FXR models it was a big hit with many riders. After a period of time
some of the motorcycles developed handling problems. These problems
were related to the Cleveblock style bushings in the swing arm. As
the engine moved on the rubber mounts, it allowed the rear wheel to
sway from side to side, similar to a cornering position. Since the
rear wheel pushes the motorcycle this became known as “rear steer”
and as a rider got on or off the throttle, or adjusted to road
conditions, the part of the tire that contacted the road changed,
thus affecting the handling of the motorcycle.
First the wheel had to go.
There have been numerous aftermarket products addressing this
problem with varying degrees of success But in 2002 Harley changed
the Clevebloc bushing to a spherical bearing in their FLT models.
The spherical bearing allows the swing arm to react quicker to road
conditions keeping the wheel in contact with the road. They also
diminished lateral and torsional movement of the swingarm by their
design. I have a 2004 and know they work.
Dr. Rogue removing the Swingarm.
Swingarm out of the bike.
Custom Cycle Engineering recently released a Retrofit Kit to install
spherical bearings in 1980 to 2001 FLT and FXR Harley models.
Pressing stock bearing out.
have a pro-street custom FXR. I experienced uncomfortable handling
between 100 and 110 mph. I decide to upgrade it with the CCE kit and
see if that would solve the problem.
Here’s the supplied tool.
The kit comes with all the parts necessary to install the new
Spherical Bushings in the swingarm, including a tool to press them
in. The swingarm pivot shaft is optional but I highly recommend
replacing it during this operation. It should be noted that Harley
also upgraded their Rubber Mount Isolators P/N 47564-86B and these
should be replaced as well.
The kit comes with very complete instructions, but I still recommend
having a service manual available for procedure and torque specs.
Here’s a shot of good Dr. Rogue working his magic with the shop
Remove the rear wheel, swingarm end-caps and pivot shaft. Once the
swingarm is removed use a hydraulic press to remove the old
Clevebloc assemblies, clean all parts.
The kit comes with Red Locktite (626) and Antisieze. Apply a coating
of the Loctite to the swing arm housing and the race of one of the
bearings, install with the 45 degree chamfered bearing carrier-end
going in first and using the press-plug to install it in the swing
arm. Bottoming the press-plug against the face of the swing arm
shoves it into the proper position. Let the Loctite to set up for
Torquing the swingarm to specs.
Repeat the procedure for the second spherical bearing. Before the
Loctite has a chance to set up install the swingarm in the frame.
Coat the swing arm shaft with the Antisieze. Note: there are two
steel cupped washers supplied with the kit, they must be assembled
with the counter bore facing the bearing assembly and the flat side
should butt up to the nuts. Use Blue Loctite to secure the nuts to
the shaft and tighten to 40-45 FT LBS.
Checking chain alignment.
Re-assemble rear wheel, etc. I rechecked my engine, tranny and wheel
alignments just to be sure and suggest you do also. I took my hot
rod Pro Street for a ride and I noticed the difference right away.
The problem I had a high speed was no longer there.
Oh, of course this test was performed on a controlled course by a
professional rider—Me, Haha.
Hey it worked for me, you may want to give it a try also if you are
having handling problems.
Contact Custom Cycle Engineering
1970 Peacock Boulevard
Oceanside, CA. 92056
phone 1-800-472- 9253.
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