1st Gen Steering Head issue

Robert Clifford BorisHasPlan at comcast.net
Wed Sep 12 22:29:17 PDT 2007

If the triple tree is properly tighten, and the races aren't grooved or 
dented, check to see if the races are loose in the frame.

On a badly crashed FZR400 frame we brought in to GPFrameAndWheel, Gerry 
pointed out the slightly egged out neck. You could rock the races back and 

I believe he said some frames are more susceptible than others. Don't know 
if this is true with the 1st gen.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian LaSalle" <brian_99sv at yahoo.com>
To: <sv650 at micapeak.com>
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 5:29 AM
Subject: 1st Gen Steering Head issue

>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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