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Honda ANF125 steering head bearings

How do I slacken off the steering head bearings on the Honda ANF125 as there is resistance when you turn the handlebar?

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  • shaun78 Dec 08, 2009

    They are a bit too tight as you can feel the ball bearings when going to full lock!! The top nut seems to be underneath the handlebars which looks like a big job to remove.



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Do u have link to online manual or pdf / file or something like that

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It's probably due to rust or dirt. They should be a little snug, but not tight.

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My steering his still and cranky I think my bearings have gone not sure how yo undo the head case


I don't know what type of bicycle you have, or how modern it is, but the handlebar and steering head are similar on most models. Try to remove the handlebars and steering head from the bike as a unit. There is a large nut at the top of the head tube (where the steering stem goes into). Loosen this nut, and the handlebars and steering stem should pull up and out of the bearing inner races. When you completely remove that nut, the headset will come apart... (including the fork and front tire which will drop out of the headset. If your brake and shifting cables are too short to let you pull the steering stem completely out of the steering head, you'll need to remove the handlebars from the steering stem. If you are careful, the bearing set, spacers and washer will stay on the fork tube when it comes out of the bicycle frame head, so you will know which order to reassemble them in. Either tag them or lay them in the proper order. Now you can clean the bearings or replace them.
It would be a good idea to clean the bearing races at the top and bottom of the steering head too.

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Honda Goldwing 2004 experiencing a slight wobble in handlebars at slow speeds new front tire less than 500 miles.

check tyre preasure should be 33 psi ..if thats ok get wheel bearings checked ..if they ok can only be head stck bearings
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check tyre preasure should be 33 psi ..if thats ok get wheel bearings checked ..if they ok can only be head stck bearings
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The handlebars are stiff to turn right,very stiff .this happened after i parked up.any clues

My guss is the steering bearing has become stiff, raise the front wheel of the ground turn from left to right the action should be smooth, any roughness would indicate bearing failure, poss got damp and become rusted, if you have a damper fitted check it is slackened off all the way while doing this check

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Front brake when pressed has sever wobble from left side

Check your tire pressure and increase to 35 PSI (front and rear). If you have over 20,000 miles on your bike your may want to replace your wheel bearings (front and rear). Short wheel bearing life is common on GL1200 models. You should also consider tightening your steering neck bearings. Loose neck bearings is a common problem on any motorcycles. Disassemble the upper triple clamp far enough to turn the steering head nut and tighten it just to the point of binding and loosen it just enough so the bar turns smoothly with out binding. Most mechanics are to lazy to make the adjustment during the 600 mile check up. If you notice bumpy or ratcheting when you turn the handle bar from lock to lock and a tendency for the handlebars to stop or gravitate to the straight ahead position then you need to replace the steering head bearings in the frame neck. One or all of the things listed above can or will contribute to the condition you describe. Consider a thorough inspection and repair of all the necessary issues before riding this season.

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How to tighten steering head bearings on a 1999 yamaha r1

place the machine on a stand, suport the front of the machine so you can turn the steering freely from lock to lock and geting a feel for how tight the bearing is before adjusting or even undoing the top nut, grasp the forks at the bottom as you kneel in front of the machine pulling on the forks at the lowest point to feel for free play, normaly detect by a small amount of movment,or a clicking noise

tightening the steering head bearing on any bike is not difficult, but it does require some level of skill, undo the top nut on the centre of the yoke, below that you will see 2 castleated nuts some models have a locking tab between them so you cant turn 1 without first undoing the other, in this case it is best to remove the top yoke, once you can turn the nuts under the yoke you simply turn clockwise to tighten and anti to slacken,

there is a fine line between tight and slack, a bearing which has been left in a loose state for a prolonged period may require replacing, as so 1 that feels rough or notchy,

in some cases only a small amount of tightening is required, remeber when the top yoke is replaced and tightened this will put more tension on the bearing, so a bearing that feels tight without the top nut tightened will be overtight when yoke centre nut has been tightened, method of satifaction is when the top nut is tight with the steering clear of the ground in a straight ahead position the handlebars must fall from centre left, right with no friction detected, again checking the movment by pulling on the fork lowers.


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Hi, have a Honda Foreman quad bike. 2004 model. All of a sudden the steering has become extremely heavy to turn from side to side! Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks Norm.

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You probably need to add air pressure to your front tire and the steering head bearings need to be tightened.

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Shaking in handlebars

Your tire is out of balance, your steering head bearings are not tight, and you are running too low of a pressure in your front tire.

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If the problem is that when you turn the handlebars you feel as if it is almost locked into wanting to go straight your steering head bearings are dented and need replacing.
The denting happens when the steering head bearings not adjusted and loose causing hammering effect denting the bearing races.

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