2-44 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
Periodic Maintenance Procedures
Adjust the steering.
Special Tool - Steering Stem Nut Wrench [A]: 57001-1100
If the steering is too tight, loosen the stem nut a fraction
of a turn.
If the steering is too loose, tighten the stem nut a fraction
of a turn.
Turn the stem nut 1/8 turn at time maximum.
Install the claw washer [A] so that its bent side [B] faces
upward, and engage the bent claws with the grooves of
stem locknut [C].
Hand tighten the stem locknut until it touches the claw
Tighten the stem locknut clockwise until the claws are
aligned with the grooves (ranging from 2nd to 4th) of stem
nut [D], and bend the 2 claws downward [E].
Install the stem head.
Torque - Upper Front Fork Clamp Bolts: 20 N·m (2.0 kgf·m,
Steering Stem Head Bolt: 108 N·m (11.0 kgf·m,
Tighten the upper front fork clamp bolts first, next the
stem head bolt.
Check the steering again.
If the steering is still too tight or too loose, repeat the ad-
Install the removed parts (see appropriate chapters).
Steering Stem Bearing Lubrication
Remove the steering stem (see Stem, Stem Bearing Re-
moval in the Steering chapter).
Using a high-flash point solvent, wash the upper and
lower ball bearings 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 races and the ball bearings.
Replace the bearing assemblies if they show wear or
Pack the upper and lower ball bearings [A] in the cages
with grease, and apply a light coat of grease to the upper
and lower outer races.
Install the steering stem (see Stem, Stem Bearing Instal-
lation in the Steering chapter).
Adjust the steering (see Steering Play Adjustment).