1st Gen Steering Head issue

Ernest Montague afm199 at earthlink.net
Wed Sep 12 08:00:45 PDT 2007

The locknut  gets 30 foot pounds to seat then you BACK it OFF a quarter 
to half turn, important.


On Sep 12, 2007, at 7:39 AM, Brian LaSalle wrote:

> 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)
> ERnie
> 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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