Harley FLH Rear Swing Arm Bushings.

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by mark883, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    Anyone got any experience replacing these on a '00 Road King (or any FLH of that era / design)? These are the rear motormounts, causers of the famous Harley FLH rear-steer.

    I'm pretty darn sure I can handle it, but the offish-al HD service manual specifies a special tool to press out / press in the bushings (HD calls them cleveblocks). Is there actually something special to these tools, beyond the usual choose-a-socket-that-fits method, or are the special tools just something to speed things along in a repair shop environment (and scare the home-shop mechanic)?
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  2. eric123

    eric123 Gott Mit Uns

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    For swingarm bushings I usually use all-thread, nuts and washers, but to be honest I do not know what newer harley swingarms look like and if it can be done with alternative tools...
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  3. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    After all is back together you need to align the rear wheel, swing arm, trans, and motor assembly to the front end. Harley has a special tool for this that you can not afford and in the manual they talk about using a straight edge to do alignment. I used two lasers with mag. bases mounted on the brake rotors. Once lined up handling is great, no wobble in high speed turns and tire life is excellent. Note the paralle laser lines on the floor in front of the bike. This is a FLHPI with the wide drive belt. You can see the offset between the wheels.

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  4. Chuck Pryce

    Chuck Pryce Been here awhile

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    Howard over at motorcyclemetal.com has a good how to download on his site.Looks like a bitch, good luck.
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  5. slipknot

    slipknot Long timer

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  6. uncaged

    uncaged Gun trail

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    check out Glide-Pro
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