Mine did not have the wobble but figured as long as I was in there I might as well do the all balls & be done with it. When I removed the stock bearings the top ones had plenty of grease but the bottom ones were pretty dry. While you have it apart check for grease & re-torque to spec and you should be good as long as there is nothing wrong with the bearings. I really like the progressive springs compared to stock, less sag, better ride, doesn't bottom out, etc.I'm getting ready to do a fork rebuild with Progressive Springs. I'm wondering if there's any reason to change the steering stem bearings; I don't have the wobble and there is no indication that the original bearings are defective. Thanks.
It is highly debatable whether a roller bearing is better for this application. My OEM bearings have been in my bike for almost 10 years now, and they still work just as good as when the bike was new.Better product, better distribution of weight, better, better. For the life of me, can't figure why Mother Honda changed from roller bearings on the 1500 to the ball bearing on the 1800.
Why not? The OE springs seem to be weaker and to permanently deform rather quickly. This bike has very limited effective front suspension travel and can use the lift to soften the ride. Better yet, why not go up to even heavier linear springs and do away with the dual rate Progressives or dual rate Honda springs where the tighter soft windings deform so much with just the gross vehicle weight? Like you, I use a lot of OE parts and generally find them to be superior, but there are exceptions and I believe (from my personal experience) this is one such example. Other examples: front wheel bearings, tires, seat, and brake fluid. I am not "OE" bashing and that is not much of a list.Why are you going to Progressives? What are your expectations?
This spring I rode up US-27 into Charlotte MI which is atrocious, hands were getting jolted & beat up every time I hit one of the 2x4 sized expansion bumps in the road. Turned out the roller bearings I put in last fall had loosened up a bit, after re-torquing them to 25 ft lbs I took it for a ride and it was night & day difference, no more jolting. If you are getting a lot of jolting thru the bars check the torque on your steering head bearings, it could be your problem.Why are you going to Progressives? What are your expectations?
My expectations are that my hands and arms will not get jarred every time I hit a bump. My stock springs are really useless as shock absorbers after 37,000 miles.