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Toyman
Posted 2/7/2015 9:09 AM (#82649)
Subject: Triple tree degree & supplier?



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I want to install new triple trees on my 06 HD Ultra to improve the steering once I reinstall the Formula II sidecar.

What degree should I get?

Where should I get them?
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Reardan Tom
Posted 2/7/2015 10:25 AM (#82651 - in reply to #82649)
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I have Pete's triple tree on my rig and I'm very happy with it.
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Bob Hunt
Posted 2/7/2015 11:10 AM (#82652 - in reply to #82649)
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I have a 5 degree triple tree on my rig from DMC and its almost like having "Power steering".
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Hack'n
Posted 2/7/2015 1:44 PM (#82656 - in reply to #82649)
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I've used the Liberty 5 degree trees with good results. You don't need a damper with these trees.

The OEM Harley trike trees are used by some. Less expensive. Harley still uses the steering damper with these so they may have a lessor degree of change from stock.

Lonnie
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Toyman
Posted 2/8/2015 8:45 AM (#82663 - in reply to #82649)
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The feel of power steering is very appealing following my first experience with this sidecar on my H.D. The $1000 + investment in a pair of triple trees and work involved in putting them on does not.
I have found this is like anything else...................if you want to dance you gott'a pay the fiddler.
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ChoketheFirst
Posted 2/8/2015 9:32 PM (#82673 - in reply to #82663)
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".....I have found this is like anything else...................if you want to dance you gott'a pay the fiddler."

 I installed the Liberty trees. They work quite well and they did take a bit of time to install because "since I am in here, I might as well......."

 Well worth it, though..... have you tried to play the fiddle? ...... not so easy..... 

 Choke

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Toyman
Posted 2/8/2015 11:17 PM (#82677 - in reply to #82649)
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Looks like Liberty Trees are the favorite pick here. I would have thought there would be many different brands suggested to use. I have never tried to play fiddle but I may learn to install the trees if my local bike mechanic hits me with an expensive installation quote. The worst part I think would be getting the entire fairing off the Ultra.
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SwampFox
Posted 2/9/2015 8:01 AM (#82686 - in reply to #82649)
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Toyman, we have no experience with an Ultra, but we installed a 5* tree on our former Sportster rig from Hawg Halters over in Georgia with good results: http://www.hawghalters.com/
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roadglider
Posted 2/9/2015 9:28 AM (#82693 - in reply to #82649)
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I have been considering new trees too but I'd like to get the adjustable type. Anyone know if such a thing is available for a 2008 Road King? I have found them for older models but not mine.
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jaydmc
Posted 2/9/2015 12:09 PM (#82696 - in reply to #82649)
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No adjustable tree's are made, the way the fairing is done on your bike it would take quite a bit of work just to get to the tree's to adjust them. If you have a real need to be able to adjust the trail then a leading link can be built that way.
BTW, we of course also offer tree's current price is $895
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big al
Posted 2/16/2015 11:46 AM (#82861 - in reply to #82649)
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The Tri-glide trees are about half the cost, just as much work, and don't quite get the job done. So why do it twice, don't ask me how I know this
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roadglider
Posted 2/16/2015 1:18 PM (#82866 - in reply to #82649)
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Thanks for the info. I'm not commited to total sidecar use on my bike yet but if I do I'll look DMC up.
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Toyman
Posted 2/17/2015 7:36 AM (#82882 - in reply to #82861)
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big al - 2/16/2015 10:46 AM

The Tri-glide trees are about half the cost, just as much work, and don't quite get the job done. So why do it twice, don't ask me how I know this


I know you stated to not ask but inquiring minds must ask.................why don't they get the job done? I need to cancel my order if they don't.
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Lsquid
Posted 2/17/2015 5:05 PM (#82902 - in reply to #82649)
Subject: RE: Triple tree degree & supplier?


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I have the triglide trees. Easy install and easy steering. I did not use the HD steering damper but I have no need for one. Cheapest bang for the buck for a new triple tree. I will admit I have no comparison but it works for me.
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azharleydude
Posted 2/18/2015 2:09 PM (#82917 - in reply to #82649)
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I put the triglide trees on a 03 Electra Glide and they work great without a damper. Removing the head bearing races was the biggest problem with the whole process. I used my stock forks and am not sure if the triglide forks would be worth the cost involved.

Edited by azharleydude 2/18/2015 2:10 PM
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SwampFox
Posted 2/18/2015 3:24 PM (#82919 - in reply to #82649)
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Toyman, from what I understand from dinner-table discussions with a sidecar installer/trike builder in our area, the Tri-Glide trees are either 3 or 3-1/2 degrees, where he prefers 5 degree trees on the FLH's for easier steering and less "bump-steer" effect from the sidecar wheel hitting potholes/bumps.
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ChoketheFirst
Posted 2/18/2015 7:52 PM (#82925 - in reply to #82919)
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Aloha Toyman,

 

 I have the Liberty trees which are 5 degrees, I believe. The steering is easy on my Road King but one thing to keep in mind is that the nacelle on the Road King is a fixed angle so when you change the trees five degrees it causes the headlight to point higher. Five degrees is about the maximum limit that you can adjust the headlight back down from. This may not be a problem with the Ultra, but I though I should mention it.

 Choke

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Gngyoung
Posted 2/19/2015 10:07 PM (#82935 - in reply to #82649)
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Toyman I have champion sidecars triple trees which are also 5 plus degrees and will work like the rest. Well built and finished. It does permit you to retain the harley steering damper mounting plate behind the lower triple tree. Not all others trees will permit this without drilling and tapping. Others will tell you that the damper isn't necessary but I'm running with mine for those oops moments when only the sidecar wheel hits an obstacle.... Or pothole! Once I get more seat time with the new trees, I may remove it. I run steering dampers on my sport bikes for stability and they didn't "need" them either but it's a nice assurance on uneven terrain.

Edited by Gngyoung 2/19/2015 10:11 PM
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