Refer to Steering Inspection in the Periodic Maintenance Chapter.
Refer to Steering Adjustment in the Periodic Maintenance Chapter.
Steering Stem Removal
Front Wheel (see Wheels/Tires chapter)
Front Brake Cable Clamp
Handlebar (see Handlebar Removal)
Front Fork (see Suspension chapter)
Remove the steering stem head nut and washer.
Remove the steering stem head.
Pushing up on the stem base [A], and remove the steering stem
locknut [B], with the steering stem nut wrench [C], then remove the
steering stem [D] and stem base.
Special Tool -
Steering Stem Nut Wrench: 57001–1100
As the stem is removed, some of the steel balls will drop out of the
lower outer race.
Remove the remaining ball bearings from the lower bearing outer
race. There are 23 steel balls installed in the lower outer race.
Steering Stem Cap [A]
Upper Inner Race [B]
Upper Steel Balls [C]
There are 23 steel balls installed in the upper outer race.
Steering Stem Installation
Apply grease liberally to the upper and lower outer races in the head
pipe so that the steel balls will stick in place during stem insertion,
and install upper and lower steel balls.
Using the stem nut wrench, temporarilly tighten (hand tighten) the
stem locknut to press the steel balls against the outer race.