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Stem Bearing Lubrication; Stem Bearing Wear, Damage Inspection; Stem Warp Inspection - Kawasaki kx450f Service Manual

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Steering Stem
Install the parts removed (see the appropriate chapter).
Do not impede the handlebar turning by routing the
cables, wires, and hoses improperly (see Cable,
Wire, and Hose Routing in the Appendix chapter).
Check and Adjust:
Steering
Front Brake
Clutch Cable
Throttle Cable

Stem Bearing Lubrication

Refer to the Stem Bearing Lubrication in the Periodic
Maintenance chapter.

Stem Bearing Wear, Damage Inspection

Using a high-flash point solvent, wash the upper and
lower tapered rollers in the cages, and wipe the upper
and lower outer races, which are press-fitted into the
frame head pipe, clean off grease and dirt.
Visually check the outer rase and the rollers.
Replace the bearing assembly if it show damage.

Stem Warp Inspection

Whenever the steering stem is removed, or if the steering
cannot be adjusted for smooth action, check the steering
stem for straightness.
If the steering stem shaft is bent [A], replace the steering
stem.
WARNING
STEERING 14-9

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