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ADJUSTM ENT --CHASSIS
A.
Clamp Bolts
B.
Handlebar Clamp
-Remove
the steering stem head bolt and lockwasher.
-Tap
lightly on the bottom of the stem head with a
mallet, and lift the stem head slightly
to
loosen
the
upper steering stem locknut.
A. Stem Head
B.
Upper and Lower Stem Locknuts
-Loosen
the upper stem locknut all the way with the
stem nut wrench (special tool), and loosen the lower
stem locknut a fraction of a turn until it turns lightly.
-Using
the stem locknut wrench, tighten the lower
stem
locknut to 4.0 kg-m (29 ft-Ibs) of torque.
NOTE:
To tighten the steering stem locknut to
the
specified
torque, firstly make a notch on the stem nut
wrench at the 150
mm
from the locknut center, second-
ly hook the wrench on the stem locknut, and then push
the wrench at the
notch by
27 kg force.
A. Steering Stem Nut Wrench
(57001-134)
-Check that there is no play and the steering stem
turns
smoothly without the rattle. If not, the steering stem
bearing may be
damaged.
-
Again back out the lower steering stem locknut a
fraction
of
turn until it turns
lightly.
-
Turn the lower steering stem locknut lightly clockwise
until
it just
becomes hard to turn
.
Do not overtighten,
or the steering will be too
tight.
A. Turn
lightly.
-Keeping the
lower stem locknut at the position, tighten
the
upper stem locknut
lightly.
-Tighten
the
steering
stem head bolt
to
4.5 kg-m
(33
ft-Ibs)
of
torque.
-Tighten
the steering stem
head
clamp bolt
to 1.8
kg-m
(13.0 ft-Ibs) of
torque.
-Tighten
the front fork upper clamp bolts (2) to 3.0
kg-m (22 ft-Ibs) of
torque.
-Check
the steering again
.
If
the steering
is
too tight
or
too
loose
in
spite of correct adjustment,
inspect
the
steering stem parts according to the maintenance
section (Pg. 224).
-Install
handlebar, handlebar clamp,
lockwashers,
and
clamp bolts (Pg. 145).
-Remount
the fuel tank (Pg. 46).
WHEEL BALANCE
To improve stability and decrease vibration at high
speed, the front and rear wheels must be kept balanced.
Check and balance the wheels when required, and
when a tire
is
replaced with a new one.
To
check the wheel balance:
-Remove
the wheel (Pg. 121 or 129).
-Check
that the wheelis not damaged.
-Suspend
the wheel so that it can be spun freely.
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