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unfinishedprojects
09-01-2018, 2:40 PM
Im trying to run a vintage repop springer and Cro's Nest on my 98 Softail. Never ran either before so I had a few questions: (Sorry, not sure why some of these pics get uploaded sideways)

1. Steering stem is stepped so the lower bearing doesn't sit at the bottom of the stem. Is this correct? Does the step need to be machined off?

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2. I've got two adjuster nuts, neither came with the Springer so I'm not sure if I can make them work. One is very thin and when it's used, there is a gap between the adjuster nut and Nest, which is no good.

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The other adjuster nut is so tall that the Nest doesn't sit low enough to clamp around the rear legs of the springer.

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I know they sell other adjuster nuts that are different heights which may solve this issue, but I wanted to make sure everything else was correct before I bought one.

Another thing is the rough casting line inside the Nest, not sure if I should remove that? If I do, that would let the Nest sit lower on the rear legs, which may work, but then the bars wouldn't be seated as far into the Nest. The issue there is the powder coat finish on the top of the rear legs would probably need to be stripped if I wanted to seat the Nest further down, so I want to make sure before moving forward with that. I would hate to strip that off then realize the Nest shouldn't sit that low.

Thanks

Lastly, need to buy a top nut to fit. Anyone know of a quality part that works for this application?

Thanks!

unfinishedprojects
09-01-2018, 2:41 PM
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Dragstews
09-01-2018, 3:08 PM
https://express.google.com/product/12371585650565213270_3998448878844745990_3103314

unfinishedprojects
09-01-2018, 3:37 PM
Thanks, the 7802-1 should work. Still not sure about the adjuster nut? Hust find one that's a different thickness?

Davestune
09-01-2018, 8:53 PM
looks like you need the stock stem that goes (cone nut) the tree, but the bottom is set up for ball bearings, so off to paughco you go for the one they make
then you need the stem nut for the top, the acorn should work.

https://www.ebay.com/p/BLACK-CONE-STEM-NUT-FOR-HD-SPRINGER-FORKS-HD-BT-UL-EL-FL-MODELS-1936-1948/655978662?iid=263545957666&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%2 6asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3D508b3c39283c455393e 203d8f29d1f28%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D8%26rkt%3D10%2 6sd%3D171097339154%26itm%3D263545957666&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851


https://www.ebay.com/itm/REPRODUCTION-STEM-NUT-HARLEY-KNUCKLEHEAD-SPRINGER/171097339154?epid=656430708&hash=item27d6323512


i see you have dat other stem nut m you can cut that down , make it 2 pc and that will werk
Im not sure whats going on with your lower bearing, by lookin at the pic, seems you have the wrong timken bearing, they make a bearing that will go over the lower ball bearing inner race on stock front ends, seems you dont have that and you can machine that neck, me id get a timken , just take your timken and mic the step in the tree and go see the bearing shop near you.

TriNortchopz
09-02-2018, 12:52 AM
Another thing is the rough casting line inside the Nest, not sure if I should remove that? If I do, that would let the Nest sit lower on the rear legs, which may work, but then the bars wouldn't be seated as far into the Nest. The issue there is the powder coat finish on the top of the rear legs would probably need to be stripped if I wanted to seat the Nest further down, so I want to make sure before moving forward with that. I would hate to strip that off then realize the Nest shouldn't sit that low.

Cro is a member here and replied to this
2013 Thread: Mounting bars on a Cro Customs Top Clamp ?
"just bought a cro customs top clamp. was wanting some ideas how to mount my bars to them..."

Cro replied:
"...First, you will need to clean up the inside of the sleeve part of the clamp, where the bars are inserted. You can do that by hand, or with a 1" reamer, or on the mill. Or, you will need to take a couple thousandths off the bar ends. The bars should slide in to the sleeves fairly snug, giving them a little help is cool, or you can heat the sleeves as well.
Before inserting the bars, mount the clamp on the fork with the stem nuts in place, then test fit the bars. You will notice if you look inside the sleeve area there is a little step, from 1.065 or so, to 1". The bar end should be about in line with that step to insure you have room on the rear legs of the springer....I hope that helped. If you have any issues at all, feel free to get in touch. cro@crocustoms.com"

See the full reply and posts here: http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=27836

Since you're dealing with aftermarket parts from different distributors, check to make sure the spigots on the top nut and crown nut do not touch each other when installed through the top clamp - there should be space between them; you don't want them hitting each other or the top clamp won't be properly tightened when top nut is torqued down.

unfinishedprojects
09-02-2018, 5:07 PM
Thanks guys, that helps a lot, really appreciate it

Davestune
09-03-2018, 8:26 PM
so you figure it out, i have a crows top tree collecting rust somewhere in my cave, they are nice there bars seem nice but over priced to me though
but nice