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Old 11-16-2007, 02:43 PM   #1
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I have a question...lately my steering has been feeling really loose, almost unstable at times. I can really notice it while turning, say taking a right or left at an intersection. It almost feels like I should be expecting some head shake at interstate speeds but there is none...any idea? Thanks
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:45 PM   #2
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head bearings adjustment or replace.
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head bearings adjustment or replace.
How is that done?
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Old 11-16-2007, 03:12 PM   #4
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If you hear a pop everytime that you brake then that is the head bearing needs adjustment. If adjusting doesn't help then replacing is the answer. Other than that check you axle bearing to see if there is any slack. If you are not mechanically incline, take it to the shop. It dangerous enough on two wheels but not knowing how to fix the problems could be deadly.

Lift the bike up and remove the nut that is holding the triple. Loosen the upper nut and tighten the lower one, some bike have a locking ring don't forget to open the ears. You might want to call the sponsored on here to get more help if needed.
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it shouldn't pop when braking. You need to take the load off the front forks then put load on to see if you have slack. If you can you need move the fram up and down without touching the forks or handle bars and see if it moves. Or you can gran the front end by the triple tree and stick your finger under the triple tree where the bearing is and bounce the front end and see if you can feel the gap getting bigger and then smaller.
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thanks guys. I have heard a slight pop once and a while...
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your head bearings will need a replacing. sounds like it.

not an easy task for someone that has never done it before. and if you do it yourself....be sure to have someone help you. doing it wrong can result ruining the new head bearings again.
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ty...I will double check all the above when I get home this evening.
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contact patrick at motorcycles unlimited. he should be able to give you an estimate over the phone before you decide to take it in.
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