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post #1 of 17 Old 08-04-2012, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Steering stem socket loan

Anyone got a spanner steering stem socket they would like to loan???? I'll pay shipping both ways. Just thought I'd ask before I have to make one.

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Anyone got a splined steering stem socket they would like to loan???? I'll pay shipping both ways. Just thought I'd ask before I have to make one.
I am not sure which V-Strom you own, or what year, (that information is helpful to someone responding, if you add it to your signature.)

I can tell you that, on a 2007 DL-650, there are no "splines" to deal with.

If you are just adjusting your stem bearings, the below article may be helpful to you. There are some photographs included that will give you some insight as to what is ahead of you, when you do the work.

Here is the link: How I Adjust The Steering Stem Bearings Black Lab Adventures


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Thanks Blacklab. Guess I messed that up. Edited the original post to say SPANNER socket.

I have an 05 project WEE. Gonna replace the steering stem ball bearings with tapered roller bearings.

For anyone who has installed the tapered roller bearings, did you follow the torque procedure in the maintenance manual? or just used a SWAG till the steering just felt right?????
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I did tighten the steering stem nut to 32.5lb-ft and ran the steering lock to lock to make sure everything was seated. After that, I operated by feel when backing off. I can't really describe the process any better.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Thanks Blacklab. Guess I messed that up. Edited the original post to say SPANNER socket.

I have an 05 project WEE. Gonna replace the steering stem ball bearings with tapered roller bearings.

For anyone who has installed the tapered roller bearings, did you follow the torque procedure in the maintenance manual? or just used a SWAG till the steering just felt right?????
I feel very strongly that the torque specification in the Service Manual is wrong.

The link that I provided is how I adjust my tapered roller bearings.

2007 DL-650 (I gave away in 2012 with 111,000 + miles)
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Excellent article, Barry! Every rider should aspire to this level of competence in servicing their bikes. I've been doing it for 35 years for a living but I think a lot of people are intimidated by simple mechanical procedures. I got started by watching the mechanic work on my bike and asking questions. Two years later I was an apprentice technician in a dealership up to my hips in mechanical work. Sometimes, in retrospect though, I think I should have taken the other opportunity and become a professional chef. Oh well. I can still keep my bike running and cook a decent dinner.

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Excellent article, Barry! Every rider should aspire to this level of competence in servicing their bikes. I've been doing it for 35 years for a living but I think a lot of people are intimidated by simple mechanical procedures. I got started by watching the mechanic work on my bike and asking questions. Two years later I was an apprentice technician in a dealership up to my hips in mechanical work. Sometimes, in retrospect though, I think I should have taken the other opportunity and become a professional chef. Oh well. I can still keep my bike running and cook a decent dinner.
Thank you Jstrom! I just wished I had the level of training and competence you have! I have only been riding motorcycles since 2004, and doing my own repairs since 2007, when I purchased my DL-650. I have NO training whatsoever, and every job I tackle, is the very first time I am doing it!

I just have figured that, if I can do it, ANYBODY can!

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Made my own SPANNER socket today, so I guess I will have one to lend. Waiting for the bearings to arrive.
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For those who wanted pictures. It's not a work of art for $8.95 (32mm deep at Northern tool) and 30 min with a Die grinder with a cut off wheel and a Dremel tool for touch up it beats $80 at Suzuki.
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