1st Gen Steering Head issue

Konneker, Tristan R Tristan.Konneker at qwest.com
Wed Sep 12 13:19:26 PDT 2007

Finger tight ain't anough and 30 ft/lbs seems like a whole lot! I go by
feel- tighten slowly until the bars have a slight resistance to flopping
back and forth (with front off the ground) then back off a tiny bit. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Ernest Montague [mailto:afm199 at earthlink.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 11:01 AM
To: Suzuki SV650 Mailing List
Subject: Re: 1st Gen Steering Head issue

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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