Periodic Maintenance Procedures
Loosen the front fork upper clamp bolts [A], and remove
the steering stem head nut [B] and steering stem head
Turn the steering stem nut [A] with the steering stem nut
wrench [B] to obtain the proper adjustment.
If the steering is too tight, loosen the stem nut a fraction of
a turn; if the steering is too loose, tighten the nut a fraction
of a turn.
Special Tool - Steering Stem Nut Wrench: 57001-1100
Turn the stem nut 1/8 turn at a time maximum.
Install the steering stem head.
Tighten the following:
Torque - Steering Stem Head Nut: 44 N·m (4.5 kgf·m, 32
Front Fork Clamp Bolts (Upper): 20 N·m (2.0
kgf·m, 15 ft·lb)
Check the steering again.
If the steering is too tight or too loose, repeat the adjust-
ment as mentioned above.
Install the removed parts (see appropriate chapters).
Stem Bearing Lubrication
Remove the steering stem (see Steering Stem, Stem
Bearing Removal in the Steering chapter).
Using a high flash-point solvent, wash the upper ball bear-
ing 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 races and the rollers.
Replace the bearing part if they show wear or damage.
Apply grease liberally to the upper races, and stick the
ball bearing in place with grease. There are 23 steel balls
[A] installed in the upper outer race.
Pack the lower tapered roller bearings [B] in the cages
with grease, and apply a light coat of grease to the lower
Install the steering stem, and adjust the steering (see
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