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CHAPTER TEN
STEERING HEAD
If your periodic checks detect excessive
steering play, adjust the steering as described in
this section. The steering head should also be
disassembled. cleaned, inspected for wear on
the balls and races. and lubricated with a
waterproof
grease
according
t o
the
maintenance schedule (Table 1. Chapter
Three).
Adjustment
1 . Raise the front wheel off the ground;
support the motorcycle securely under the
engine.
2.
Remove the fuel tank to protect its finish.
See
F~rel Tank Remocal
in chapter Seven.
3. Loosen both upper fork clamp bolts (Figure
20).
4. Loosen the steering stem clamp bolt at the
rear of the upper triple clamp
(A, Figure
21)
and loosen the head bolt
(B).
You may have to
detach the handlebars to loosen the head bolt.
5 . Back the steering stem adjuster
(C, Figure
21) out one or two turns until it feels free, then
turn the adjuster back in with a spanner wrench
until you just feel the steering play taken up.
There is a spanner wrench in the motorcycle's
tool kit.
NOTE
Don't back the adjuster out too far or the
steering bearing balls m a y drop down
into the steering head. Complete
disassembly of the steering is required to
put the balls back in place.
6.
Tighten the adjuster another 1/16 turn.
CA UTION
Don't turn the adjuster so tight that you
indent the bearing balls into their races.
I f
you do, the steering will be "notchy"
and you'll have to replace the races.
7. Torque the steering stem head bolt as
specified in Table 2 and tighten the rear clamp
bolt.
8.
Torque the upper fork clamp bolts as
specified in Table 2.
9. Recheck the steering play as described in
Chapter Three. If the play is still incorrect,
disassemble and inspect the steering head.
10. Install the fuel tank. See
Fuel Tank
Installation
in Chapter Seven.
Refer to Figure 22. As you remove parts.
note the location of all cable and wiring guides
and straps for proper installation during
reassembly. Watch what you're doing and
make a note of anything you might not
remember a week from now in case you have to
order parts from your dealer. Pay particular
attention to control, wiring and instrument
cable routing.
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