Just a little update....not intended to pick a fight.
I went and looked at the manual to see what kind of job I had in store, and it said that if the front end didn't pivot freely after bumping the end of the grip until it came to rest against the fork stop, then it was to tight. I gathered from that, that they don't expect it to stay put at the halfway mark.
They say that with the front wheel off the ground, and pointing straight ahead, you are supposed to bump the grip, and it should roll to the fork stop on the opposite side, without stopping.
I can't detect any play in mine up and down etc. when I had it up yesterday to put the Ride-On in the tires, so for now, I'll leave well enough alone. Drifter was talking about doing fork springs and oil this fall, so I may check it then, and repack the bearings at that time.
Opps Scott's on it... the second torque is 26 inch pounds.....edit correction 13 ft lbs........ after loosening the first nut one full turn, according to Clymers, and then compress the rubber washer with the locking nut after contact, until the lock washer fits the slots.