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I don't know what make my bike is so I picked one at random How do I remove the steering stem from my pit bike forks I've got it to start wobbling but i'm not sure what way the yolk comes off?

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The top center nut turns counter clockwise for stem removal. Either the nut is too lose and is letting the stem to wobble on the bearing or the bearing is shot and needs to be replaced. The forks will probably need to be removed if you need to actually remove the steering stem. Please rate my answer.
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How to change steering head bearings


If bearing races are removed, the bearings cannot be reused, they must be replaced.
1. Support motorcycle so front end is off floor and forks are fully extended.
2. Remove right side cover and remove maxi-fuse.
3. Remove headlamp and headlamp bracket.
4. Remove both front brake calipers.
5. Remove front wheel.
6. Remove front fender bracket with front fender.
7. Loosen but do not remove fork tube caps.
8. Loosen all pinch bolts on top and bottom triple clamps and pull fork tubes from triple clamps.
9. Remove brake hose bracket from the bottom of fork stem and bracket.
10. Remove fork stem cap and remove fork stem nut.
11. Lift handlebars from steering head with upper triple clamp attached. Be careful not to pinch or kink control cables.
12. Remove adjusting nut, seal, and upper bearing out of bearing race.
13. Pull fork stem and lower triple clamp from bottom of steering head.

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


Mark:

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.

Once everything is cleaned and ready to reassemble, grease the bearings and the bearing races and reassemble. When you tighten the stem nut down, make sure that there is no play between the steering head and the steering stem.

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I have a 1996 ST1100 non ABS with a front end wobble. It seems to have started when I switched from bias ply tires to radial tires. However in the mean time I went ahead and had the steering stem bearings...


problems like this are best discussed with an accredited bike shop who has experience with wheel wobbles
you have changed the front tire to radial but did you change the back tire at the same time as radials and cross ply ( bias ply) tires have different handling characteristics
the wobble may be like a lack of compatibility between case constructions and I am thinking this because you say that the problem goes when changing back to the bias ply

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My RST front fork seals leak. Are they hard to replace? Where should the fork adjustment be for riding around town, and easy, mild off-roading? (I weigh 260 lbs). Can I raise the height of the goose neck...


You could find instant answers to every one of those questions using a search engine and there would be videos.

Regarding the stem search "adjust (or "raise") threadless stem"

Preload on a shock is up how the bike sets down with you on it. "bicycle shock preload"

"replace bearings on RST shock"

One example: http://www.bike-manual.com/brands/klein/om/assets/pdfs/07rst_forks_eng.pdf

Don't mess with steering hardware on your bike unless you understand it. Your life depends on those bolts.

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What is the torque specs for the nut on the bearings on the triple tree


You have an adjuster nut that you have to tighten just until you don't have any freeplay in the bearing and then the upper triple tree goes on. The pinch bolt tightens to 21-27 foot pounds. The fork stem nut tightens to 35-40 foot pounds according to the manual that I have here. I've found that if you torque the nut that tight, it will tighten the adjustment of the steering head bearings and they'll start to "count". When a bearing is "counting", it is too tight and you can feel it bump from one roller to the next as you turn the front end. If it starts this, you'll have to loosen the fork nut and back off on the adjuster and then retighten the fork nut. Recheck for bearing adjustment. Not "counting" and no shake in the steering head. It's touchy so be patient. I've had to simply tighten the fork stem nut until I got the right tension and disregard the torque setting as long as it felt like it was tight enough not to come loose.

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How to remove 2004 softail fork lock


I don't have the instructions for the Softail but I do for the Dyna series bikes. I'm pretty sure it'll be the same.

Loosen the upper triple tree clamp pinch bolts and remove the upper triple tree and handlebars.

Raise the front end off the ground and loosen the fork stem bolt and allow the front fork assembly to drop down approximately 5 inches.

On the left side of the steering stem thare is a "half-moon" indentation that has been machined into to steering stem for the lock. Let the steering stem drop until this indentation is in full view.

Now, there is a set screw that holds the lock into the frame steering head. The set screw screws upward into a recess in the lock mechanism. The set screw is covered by a lead plug so that it is not easily seen or gotten to. The book says to use a scribe to remove the lead plug.

Unscrew set screw.

Insert a key into the lock and turn slightly

Wiggle and pull the lock assembly until you get it worked out far enough to get hold of the lock with a pair of pliers or something.

Rotate the steering stem slightly until the lock comes out.


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The bike wobbles a lot at low speed. the casquette and triple clamp fittings are tight. The wheels are balanced, the swingarm bushes are new and the both wheels are aligned. The all wheel bearings have...


The problem you are describing is just low tire pressure. If you replace the steering neck bearings you also need to replace the races the bearings roll against to properly tighten the neck. One piece bearings are like automotive wheel bearings , It is a cone shaped bearing with a cone shaped race. If you know the dimension of the steering stem and the steering neck inner diameter , you may be able to purchase some.
If your fork slide bushings were loose , or if the inside of the fork lower/bottom were worn they could be sloppy with out leaking past the seal on top of the fork lower/bottom.
I think you need to inspect your tire for cupping and try 35 pounds of pressure that may be all you need.

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remove front wheel
undo allen screw or bolt securing headstem to fork
remove headstem and handlebars
undo lock nut & ring retaining bearings, at top of fork tube, do not lose bearings which may be loose.
withdraw fork from fork tube, do not lose upper bearing race
remove lower bearing from old fork
install lower bearing on new fork (I prefer replacing bearings)
remove brake caliper from old fork install on new fork
insert fork in fork tube
install upper bearing (I prefer replacing bearings)
install retaining ring and lock nut on fork tube, adust untill there is no wobble, but free movement, too tight the bearings will collapse too loose the rider will fall off
tighten lock nut
install headstem
tighten headstem allen key - bolt
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