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.
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)
> 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?
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