Steering bearings work

Alexander Finger af at
Sat Jul 9 11:56:24 PDT 2011

Hmm, thanks for the heads-up - I'll let the dealer do the work after
vacation. I won't get to ride until August in any case.

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On Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 2:17 AM, Jeffrey Walker <walkerjl at> wrote:

> If you've never worked on this before, then I'd say that the grease has
> dried up and the bearings are worn.  Everyone else is saying to replace the
> bearings, and ordinarily I'd agree, but you could inspect them and the
> races
> first to see... take them out, clean everything out with a solvent, soak
> the
> bearings in solvent to get all that grease out, then take a good look at
> them.  If they don't have any obvious pitting or grooves in the races or on
> the bearings, then you could just re-grease everything up, replace the
> bottom seal and put it all back together and readjust the stem.
> However, if it was me and there is a PITA factor involved, I'd just plan on
> replacing everything, including the fork seals since you'll have them off
> to.  It's something to plan for and would take the better part of a
> weekend.
> In the meanwhile, you could just tighten up the steering stem bearing
> adjustment nut and locknut and keep riding while you're accumulating all
> the
> parts and tools you'll need.
> I made a stand for doing work like this out of steel pipes.  With the bike
> up on the centerstand, I support the front frame with some ratchet straps
> hanging off of my home made frame.
> Good luck.
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> Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2011 19:31:33 +0200
> From: Alexander Finger <af at>
> Subject: Steering Stem(?)
> To: Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion <gpzlist at>
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> Hey List,
> this morning I wanted to go to work with the bike (after four days in Bern
> I
> had a Geneva day yesterday and wanted to benefit .. and take the bike..)
> but
> did not. Here's why. When I'm taking off I sometimes test the brakes. Once
> the back one to the point where the wheel blocks, then, less often, the
> front brake until it blocks, too. Both to check the brakes and to make me
> aware of how the bike reacts. The rear brake test went fine, but the front
> brake test sucked: When the wheel hit the blocking point, the steering
> slammed back and forth, just a little bit. I tried three times in a row
> just
> to make sure it was not an illusion, stopped and tested while standing:
> When
> I hit the front brake, I can move the whole column back and forth a few mm.
> Here's how the stem looks:
> QGwuQ?feat=directlink
> Based on my brief understanding there can't really be anything broken
> *that*
> badly in the steering, so I assume that loosening the steering (T1 on p13-2
> of the shop manual), tightening the stem and fixing it again should do the
> trick?
> cheers
> Alex
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