1st Gen Steering Head issue

Brian LaSalle brian_99sv at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 12 07:39:56 PDT 2007

So I should loosen that nut with the slots in it sitting on top of the upper bearings?  IIRC the shop manual calls for 30 ft/lbs of torque on that which seems to me like more than finger tight????  Do I need to replace the bearings?   I'm not trying to be a pain, I'm just a mechanical idiot and I appreciate the help.  

Ernest Montague <afm199 at earthlink.net> wrote:  You can almost finger tighten the nut that holds the bearings, you do 
NOT want to get it very tight. If too tight you are probably notching 
on brinneled (grooved bearings)


On Sep 10, 2007, at 5:29 AM, Brian LaSalle wrote:

> I crashed the hell out of my SV lowsiding in turn 10 at Summit Point 
> back in July - the forks & lower triple were bent/twisted. I bought a 
> whole new front end off a lister here (Thanks Randy!) and finally got 
> everything back together this weekend. The problem I am having is 
> that when test riding the bike (at 20 mph) when I brake - there is a 
> noticable CLICK from the steering head and it feels like the steering 
> head moves. (It's not the first gen THUNK - I know all about that 
> one) This really seems like things are not tightened down properly or 
> seated properly. I tore the whole thing apart, and put it back 
> together again, cinched everything as tight as I can - exact same 
> issue. Also - I do not have the Suzuki $85 steering head nut tool and 
> I am using visegrips to tighten that down - am I just not getting 
> enought torque in there to seat it all properly?
> help!
> Thanks
> Brian
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