Triple tree 1958 Panhead

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Re: Triple tree 1958 Panhead

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5 degree , problem 2) nothing will line up if you plan on covers.
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Re: Triple tree 1958 Panhead

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Post by ronzmtrwrx »

I see. Maybe I should pop the upper tree back off and double check it. It does have some machine marks on the top side but can't really tell if it's on an angle or not. I put tins on it a while back and didn't have any trouble getting them on, although they are repop. Five degrees difference in rake sounds like a lot. It doesn't appear to be deraked that much, but maybe it is. If it is that much, then I need to trade these for the right ones. Thanks

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Re: Triple tree 1958 Panhead

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'58 trees are not raked, they are de-raked. Moving the bottom of the stem forward moves the legs back and changes the trail. The machining on the top tree is subtle. There is a raised flat surface for the steering damper discs. On an early tree it is uniformly raised off the tree surface. On a '58 up type it is raised in the front but flush in the back. Exactly opposite underneath.

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Re: Triple tree 1958 Panhead

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I didn't see where anyone said 58 trees were raked. Did I miss something?

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Re: Triple tree 1958 Panhead

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Yes Robbie is correct , they were deraked 5 deg. I would definitely look for the right parts, the bike will never handle or feel right.
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Re: Triple tree 1958 Panhead

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Post by ronzmtrwrx »

Just curious if Palmer addresses this in the new version of his book. I have the original issue, and went back and looked but found no mention of this issue. I checked my top tree today, and it is definitely for a 0 rake lower.

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Re: Triple tree 1958 Panhead

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Post by UPSROD »

The original Palmer's refers to the standard 49-59 bullshit on page 52!

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