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Steering pivot play 1 Month ago  
Was wondering if anyone else has experienced a pivot or back and front slop in the tree?
I was driving down the road and noticed this play when I would hit the brakes, if I hold the front brake and push the bike back and forth. I feel it sort of pivot just a bit, I grabbed hold of the center nut and it was finger tight, I literally could just take off that nut so I tightened it up yet still feel a little play though not as much play as when it was loose. Is there something underneath that would be causing it to still pivot?
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Re:Steering pivot play 1 Month ago  
saszeus wrote:
Was wondering if anyone else has experienced a pivot or back and front slop in the tree?
I was driving down the road and noticed this play when I would hit the brakes, if I hold the front brake and push the bike back and forth. I feel it sort of pivot just a bit, I grabbed hold of the center nut and it was finger tight, I literally could just take off that nut so I tightened it up yet still feel a little play though not as much play as when it was loose. Is there something underneath that would be causing it to still pivot?
thanks
steve


Sounds as if you steering head bearings are Dangerously loose.
Jack up the front enough to take weight off the front wheel.
Grab both forks and try to move them back & forth.
See how much play you have in the neck.
 
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Re:Steering pivot play 1 Month ago  
well this sounds scary.
I bought this bike and the previous person did a few things to this bike and I don't know what all he did it or how he did it.
I will try to lift the front and check the play in it, do you think it's a difficult fix?
 
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Re:Steering pivot play 1 Month ago  
Now you have to loose nuts behind the wheel
 
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Re:Steering pivot play 1 Month ago  
saszeus wrote:
well this sounds scary.
I bought this bike and the previous person did a few things to this bike and I don't know what all he did it or how he did it.
I will try to lift the front and check the play in it, do you think it's a difficult fix?


No, not really difficult... But you know your mechanical skills better than I do.

You now have Lots of people on here to offer you information and encouragement.

Hit the 'search forum' button on the upper right, and put in 'steering head bearings'.
 
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Re:Steering pivot play 1 Month ago  
Stop riding it until you fix it. Jack it up, remove the tank and front wheel. Remove the upper triple tree and slide the fork tubes and lower triple tree out of the steering head. Check the upper and lower bearings and races. Repack them with marine grease if good, replace if bad. Torque all back together per specs.
 
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Re:Steering pivot play 1 Month ago  
That's Funny...
I don't think there is a torque wrench big enough to tighten one of those nuts.
 
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Re:Steering pivot play 1 Month ago  
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That's Funny...
I don't think there is a torque wrench big enough to tighten one of those nuts.


Yes there is, just your typical torque wrench and the correct spanner tool. The critical torque is on the two nuts UNDER the top triple tree, not the nut on top. Do you not wrench on your own bike? Plenty of threads on this site explaining it. Get a service manual and research it. You can also search for "roadstar flop test video" here and on youtube. You're scaring me boy, you're scaring me!
 
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Re:Steering pivot play 1 Month ago  
Shores, the nut I was speaking of is me; yes I do work on my own bike. LOL
 
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Re:Steering pivot play 1 Month ago  
I rode for a couple of years with the front end getting looser and looser. Looked up how to tighten the steering head and did it last year during my spring maintenance. I bought the wrench I needed off E Bay you can get the Yamaha number from the service manual and buy one for about $22 instead of $55 from Yamaha, same wrench but you will need it to tighten the steering head nut. Look in the tech section of the forum for all the information that you need. I was reluctant to tackle this, I do most of my own wrenching, but once I started it was a piece of cake!! DO IT BEFORE YOU RIDE AGAIN!!!
 
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