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Upper triple clamp question...

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Old 02-21-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
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Upper triple clamp question...

Ok this may sound dumb, but i've never down any work on the front end of a bike before.
I need to pull mine off to get the ignition out to get it recoded.

Anyways, what do I need to in order to remove the upper?
I assume I need to support under the head, and then unbolt?

Thanks for any advise.
   
 
Old 02-21-2012, 05:01 PM   #2
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theres an allen bolt on both forks to loosen and the round thing right below the ignition takes a huge allen wrench to loosen and thats it.
   
 
Old 02-21-2012, 05:52 PM   #3
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It would be wise to completely remove the steering stem and replace or repack its bearings while you're in there.
   
 
Old 02-22-2012, 03:45 AM   #4
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how do I support the bike when doing that?
I still have to check the manual, but I assume, my whole front comes off when I do that?
   
 
Old 02-22-2012, 06:21 AM   #5
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It would be wise to completely remove the steering stem and replace or repack its bearings while you're in there.


   
 
Old 02-22-2012, 06:27 AM   #6
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can I remove the plastics, and exhaust, and support the bike on the oil pan?
I'd assume thats the best place to rest the bike
   
 
Old 02-22-2012, 06:40 AM   #7
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can I remove the plastics, and exhaust, and support the bike on the oil pan?
I'd assume thats the best place to rest the bike



Are u serious ??? No don't do that.. don't u have bike stand ?? U might want to get professional do it. If if you don't have the right equipment and tools and skill u might cause more damage or cost.. just my 2 cents..

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Old 02-22-2012, 07:06 AM   #8
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well... I know you can't use a fork stand, because clearly they need to come out.

Maybe i'm missing something here, but how am I going to use a head stand, if I'm removing the steering head to do the bearings? Or does the head stand fit into a different spot that I'm not aware of??? (i've got one on order)

I'm sorry, I do have tools and equipment, but i'm new to motorcycles.
I work on cars for a living, and yes, I could take it to a bike shop to get the steering bearings replaced, new tires replaced, valves checked, etc, but I don't have $1500 for them to do that for me either......

Labour is money, and I can do my own labour.....


And I do have one other question, I know they call for a "special" cam type tool for tighening the steering nut, but, it also gives torque spec's.....
how exactly do you torque it with that wrench?
Or do you just do as it says and make sure it moves side to side when you tighten.

Again, i'm new to this, but its not out of my "skills" to do it. I just have some questions so I don't mess it up.

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Old 02-22-2012, 09:19 AM   #9
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well after more and more searching.........
Looks like I'm going to have to lift it with a engine hoist. (cherry picker) in order to do the front head bearings.
I know I could use the rafters in my garage, but i'd feel alot safer doing with the cherry picker, my garage is pretty old.



Now, about the torque......

I'm still lost. In the manual 13-7, it shows the camlock tool, and i've looked up what the actual tool looks like, but i'm confused on how you could get a torque reading from this??
Is this pretty much a snug/feel thing???
Or..... would I be better off making a nut that I can use on a torque wrench like this:
Steering Stem Nut Adjustment

Just really curious what others have done.......
   
 
Old 02-22-2012, 02:44 PM   #10
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The the collar(s) (I believe the A has two) need to be tightened just to the point where they're snug, much like wheel bearings on a car or trailer. The second lock collar and the yoke nut prevent the stem collar from working itself loose.
   
 
Old 02-22-2012, 05:31 PM   #11
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I looked at the manual, and it says both. Now I am able to make up one of those tools as well, so I may try and use a torque wrench as well.

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