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Hi guys.

Just noticed today that my stearing on my 07 wee seems kinda bugged.

The handlebar/wheel seem to love one spesific position. When i turn the handle carefully from side to side with one finger it stops in the same position always, just like it pops into a crack or somthing. Then i need to use just a little more force to get it out of that position and to move it further.

This sounds familiar to you guys? In high speed i dont notice it much but its kinda anoying when driving in heavy traffic and lower speeds.

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Raise the front wheel off the ground and turn the steering between stops. Check that nothing is hitting and the cable routing isn't hanging up. If the steering feels notchy, the steering head bearings may be dimpled from pounding in the straight ahead position. that's not uncommon for loose bearings especially.
 

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The handlebar/wheel seem to love one spesific position. When i turn the handle carefully from side to side with one finger it stops in the same position always, just like it pops into a crack or somthing. Then i need to use just a little more force to get it out of that position and to move it further.
Sounds to me like the classic symptom of damaged steering head bearings, from having the crap beat out of them while improperly adjusted. :(
 

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Dammaged steering head bearings

Alright, i guessed damaged steering head bearings myself. The cable routing is fine and with the frontwheel off the ground the symptomes presist. Is it a complicated thing to change these myself or should i leave this to the workshop guys? My mechanical skills are not above average :headbang:

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Is it a complicated thing to change these myself or should i leave this to the workshop guys?
Removing, pressing in, and properly adjusting headset bearings is one of those things that's not a job for a shade-tree mechanic without the proper tools. You should let a shop do it and save yourself a lot of grief. :(
 

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FWIW, the only thing thats ever needed repair or replacement on my 04 (other than consumables) has been the steering head bearing.
 

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Removing, pressing in, and properly adjusting headset bearings is one of those things that's not a job for a shade-tree mechanic without the proper tools. You should let a shop do it and save yourself a lot of grief. :(
Nah, it's easy as pie to do at home... :mrgreen:




I keed, I keed... :yikes: I actually had the forks and tupperware off for other stuff (fork springs and valve check), and thought, well, why not do the steering stem bearings now that I'm 90% of the way there... you don't really have to remove the plastics, but it does make it a bit easier.
 
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