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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-07-2016, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone know of a video or pictorial showing what all is involved in getting to the steering stem nut on a XCT? A few factors have me wanting to check the tension and I figured it might help pass a boring 12 hour night shift.

I know on some previous bikes you could actually get at them with a special wrench or a drift without any disassembly of the bike.

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I'm not familiar with your fairing but if there's any access to the bearing nut, and if you can get a long screwdriver or small diameter shaft onto a notch on the nut and you can hit it with a hammer, then you can adjust it. Loosen the top fork clamps and the top nut and whack it until you've taken the slack out. Works best with the front wheel off the ground so you can pull on the fork bottoms and feel for looseness. Its a crude and inaccurate method, but if you have loose bearings (you'll hear a banging on bumps) it will get the job done.
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Sorry to say but there is no way to get at that top nut. unless Vic makes a special tool like HD does but I doubt it. it is recessed in the top tree. Just take a flashlight and shine it in under your fairing from the tank side. You'll see.

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Are we talking the adjustment nut below the upper triple clamp the steering head nut in the upper triple clamp?

Course, like Ric, I have an XR so there's no fairing in my way, and I can get at both of them with zero hassle. The steering head nut is a 30mm, and any normal socket will fit after the speedo is removed. An impact socket will not.

I was just farting around with the front end on mine yesterday, doing inspections and whatnot before the PCH ride. Don't wanna have call Ric to rescue me in the boontoolies of OR cuz I'm stupid and didn't check something.
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Maintenance is a lot easier when you don't need a big fairing and a radio.
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Wonder why. Basically take the hole fairing off. #8 and #10 are what they call nuts but you need a special socket
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#10 is the one you can tap with a drift and hammer as it has notches and no flats. #8 sits in a hole with just enough clearance for a thin wall socket. Ah, the joys of a faired bike, eh?

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The socket I use for the head nut is a plain, standard-depth Kobalt I grabbed off the peg from the tool aisle in Lowe's. Bought it when I worked at a GM dealer, knowing I'd cross paths with the older transfer cases that used a 30mm check plug. The adjustment nut would probably require a special pin-spanner wrench. I have zero play in my front end, so I haven't monkeyed with it to find out. But like Ric said, you can tap it with a screwdriver. It does have a torque spec: 29 ft-lbs. You'd need a pin-spanner end with a 3/8" or 1/2" box for a torque wrench. The trick would be finding the right size of pin-spanner without letting Ma Vic take you to the cleaner's for "special tools"

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The socket I use for the head nut is a plain, standard-depth Kobalt I grabbed off the peg from the tool aisle in Lowe's. Bought it when I worked at a GM dealer, knowing I'd cross paths with the older transfer cases that used a 30mm check plug. The adjustment nut would probably require a special pin-spanner wrench. I have zero play in my front end, so I haven't monkeyed with it to find out. But like Ric said, you can tap it with a screwdriver. It does have a torque spec: 29 ft-lbs. You'd need a pin-spanner end with a 3/8" or 1/2" box for a torque wrench. The trick would be finding the right size of pin-spanner without letting Ma Vic take you to the cleaner's for "special tools"
I just got home from Lowe's with my new 30mm socket.

As soon as my aching back will allow, I will tackle this project.

I want to thank RICZ and Luciferiad for contributing to this thread. This project has been hanging over my head for some time and now I have a way to do it.

And yes, I have the clunk when I hit a bump.
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Easy peasy to adjust the steering head bearings on a XR. All we need to do is remove the windshield and the speedo to have great access to everything there.
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