1500 Aspencade steering head bearings


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702scottc
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1500 Aspencade steering head bearings

Postby 702scottc » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:02 pm



I used the DIY tutorial yesterday to repack the stem bearings on my 1990 Aspencade and it works awesome. The upper bearing was pretty dry so I cleaned and lubed everything. It's better but still feels a bit loose. Would it be better to tighten the locknut while the bike is on the side stand? This way it's got the full weight of the bike on the steering head and seems like it would be more accurate. Just a thought..



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Re: 1500 Aspencade steering head bearings

Postby robb » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:08 am

No ! Torque would be less with lateral load on bearings. Just a little bind would achieve torque before a good seat is achieved. With tire off ground applying torque and rotating, the bearing and seat are mated.

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Re: 1500 Aspencade steering head bearings

Postby 702scottc » Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:55 pm

Using the DIY article the tire is still on the ground but not much weight on it, bike is on the centerstand. Maybe i just need to retighten it again.


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