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Offline Cuban Rider

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Loose Headset
« on: April 12, 2018, 04:06:28 AM »
This has been brought up in other places about our bike's headset becoming loose, but I never experienced it myself, until now. Chris “Teach” McNeil who stunts the BMW had the issue early on. I just went on a ride to finish off my rear Dunlop Q3+ tire when I started feeling a weird extra movement when transitioning to the brakes or power.

Has anyone had this issue? Better yet, has anyone adjusted it yourselves? Maybe the wheelies are starting to take a toll after all.  :015:

« Last Edit: April 12, 2018, 04:09:01 AM by Cuban Rider »

Offline CobraKai

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Re: Loose Headset
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2018, 06:26:18 AM »
It is normal part of the break-in service to do the headset bearing.

I got lazy and haven't done it. Front end still feels solid.

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Re: Loose Headset
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2018, 03:44:49 AM »
I'm not sure if mine got adjusted the two times that I've taken it to the dealership (600 and 18000 miles), but at 28k miles I'm glad it didn't do it early. I'll check it and adjust it this weekend, seems easy enough.

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Re: Loose Headset
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2018, 11:35:18 PM »
Might need a special tool


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Re: Loose Headset
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2018, 03:27:32 PM »
 I made up a tool for the job. It was done at pdi by the dealer and I adjusted it around 6K kms. It required tightening slightly although I never felt the play you describe which tells me yours is very loose. I spent a couple of hours doing the job as I took my time.

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Re: Loose Headset
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2018, 05:07:46 PM »
*Originally Posted by Ultra54 [+]
I made up a tool for the job.

Perfect, I intend to do the same and modify a 34mm socket. Thanks.

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Re: Loose Headset
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2018, 10:42:53 PM »
You may spend more time making the tool than adjusting the bearing.  :030:

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Re: Loose Headset
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 02:04:14 AM »
 I did...but I have a tool addiction... :002:

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Re: Loose Headset
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2018, 06:46:07 PM »
*Originally Posted by Ultra54 [+]
I made up a tool for the job. It was done at pdi by the dealer and I adjusted it around 6K kms. It required tightening slightly although I never felt the play you describe which tells me yours is very loose. I spent a couple of hours doing the job as I took my time.


Do you have approximate dimensions for this tool?

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Re: Loose Headset
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2018, 01:00:13 AM »
Loose Headset can a result of doing wheelies, Had the problem happen to me when I owned KTM 990 SMR and did wheelies all the time.
I rarely wheelie my XR

 


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