Steering head bearings - question

William K Denton wkdenton at
Fri Aug 21 10:38:32 PDT 2009


Do you (not) have a shop manual?

I adjusted my steering head bearings at about the same mileage that you have 
now.  They were a bit loose, but the most disconcerting thing was how dry 
they were.  If you're going to do it, you should really consider removing 
and regreasing them while you're in there adjusting them.

Bill in Yardley, PA
wkdenton at
PAMSP RiderCoach

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "john leonard" <jlmdx at>

If I do find play, what's involved in trying to tighten the steering head 
bearings?  Do I need to loosen the 12MM allen bolt on upper fork holder 
before trying to adjust the two large ring nuts near the top of the steering 
post?  What do you use to adjust these?  Do you use a spanner wrench, or tap 
them with a punch to get them moving?

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