Not a clunk, but annoying noise.

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by Dferr, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Dferr

    Dferr Member

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    I have an annoying noise coming from the front end of my 1998 Heritage. From the suspension I think. It's a creeking noise, or more like a spring noise as I push the front suspension up and down. I recently changed the fork oil using bel-ray 5w, but that didn't help. Any ideas what could cause this?
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Have you checked the bolts on the front end for torque? Also checked the steering head and the lube in there?
     
  3. softailhog

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    Are you sure it's from the front end? I had a noise like that and it turned out to be the
    seals on the rear shocks. It would make that noise sometimes when I would move the front forks or put the bike on the stand. I had a hard time figuring it out until I had the back tire off and noticed that the seals looked dry and stretched. Lubed them and all was quiet again. Just a thought as to something else to check. Good Luck!
     
  4. Dferr

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    I haven't checked the bolts for torque yet, I'll do that. I guess your talking about the trpple clamp bolts for the fork tubes?

    I did grease the steering head and checked the fall away, that all seems good.

    This noise I hear I'm pretty sure is coming from the front end. If I hold the front brake and slighty push on the front suspension I get this noise, kind of like and old rocking chair that needs to be oiled.
     
  5. glider

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  6. deanoflstn

    deanoflstn New Member

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    My 95 heratige nostalga makes the same noise. I have put it down to the springs in the front but have so far not changed them. I will soon.
     
  7. Glideride2

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    It sounds like the same problem I had with Softail Deluxe. It turned out the noise came from where triple tree clamps onto the fork tubes. When I had the bike in for routine maintenance they adjusted the steering head without loosening the pinch bolts on the triple tree - this puts stress between the triple tree and fork tubes causing a annoying creaking noise when the suspension went up and down.
     
  8. Hoople

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    Yep, that will sure put stress on things. If I may ask, was that work done by an indy or dealership.?
     
  9. Glideride2

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    HD dealership.