Yep, sounds like bearing replacement will cure your ills.OEM tires. I know they're twelves years old but there is zero dry rot. Again, they're in good condition. Tires are on the list of things to purchase ahead of pipes and air filter and all the other cliche' cool guy mods.
I pulled the rubber plug under the triple tree out and following was rusting water. I'm willing to bet dollars to donuts its the bearings.
You can make one out of a piece of pipe or use a flat tipped punch. It isn't that tight. Not that much torque to tighten. There is no torque spec for it ,you must check the "fall away " or "flop test" You'll find instructions in your service manual. It's really easy. There's the thread "head tube bearing socket " on here that has pictures of what some members have made to do the job.I ordered bearings because at $40 and some labor time plus getting intimate with my bikes inners is always a good time for me... Usually always...
I've seen some videos about removing the collar but every seems to use a screw driver. It makes me cringe watching that. Is there a spanner wrench specific for that?
Deal with that daily. Especially frustrating when you order parts with the Vin # and stuff still comes in WRONG.Sealed bearing on top and Timken on the steering stem. The bearing received is a heavy 1/4" bigger than the one removed. I flat out received the wrong bearing kit and seals.
I have a chrome triple tree (plan to put on my Vegas some day lol) in my garage. I could take it to work tomorrow and push the stem out, drop it at the post office Monday or Tuesday for you.It was only a matter of time before I mucked up something. Unfortunately it was the steering stem threads. I took much care not to ruin any threads, races, bearings and all as I broke everything down and while cleaning everything before reassembling. When reinstalling the stem I nut was having concerns of getting the nut tightened to 75lb-ft as per manual info. Rather than forcing it I backed off of the torque wrench and checked the top bearing to make sure it was seated. Installed the nut again and notice that it was hitting a hard spot and then spinning through it.
It was at that moment... I knew I had FU(&#) up.
Anyone know how to get the stem out of the Tree? lol smh
I wasn't going to buy a different front end just yet but it looks like I am now.