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post #1 of 8 Old 05-07-2013, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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What size is the nut on the top of the head bearing?

So my wee's been getting the wobbles lately and I've done everything else I have done before to get rid of them, check and adjust suspenion pre-load, tire pressure, alignment, etc...and I've narrowed down to never have checked or adjusted the steering head bearings. I plan on making the tool from a piece of pipe per Black Lab's instructions, but when I went to take off that big nut under my handlebars I realized I didn't have a big enough socket.

To my understanding it's a 1-1/4" socket I need? I just don't want to drive all the way to the hardware store, and then get all the way home to realize I bought the wrong size.

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Assuming you don't have a pair of vernier callipers, can't you grab a rule and measure the across flat width? ( I'm in bed with my iPad so I'm not getting up and dressed to go to the garage to do it at 4 am! :mrgreen: )

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Correction: it's 32mm
(I originally posted a measurement 2mm too small... DOH!)



At least, that's what it is on my Vee.

I find it easier to use a wrench, then adjust the toothed nuts with a hammer and punch -- no need to remove the handlebars.

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It's 32mm or 1 1/4" om my 08 Wee
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I used a 32mm socket on my K7 DL650.


When changing to tapered bearings I followed Black Lab's instructions with the exception of making a tool out of another 32mm socket and a dremel tool. I am more comfortable with a socket wrench than a pipe wrench. I was glad I took the time to make this tool.

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Assuming you don't have a pair of vernier callipers, can't you grab a rule and measure the across flat width? ( I'm in bed with my iPad so I'm not getting up and dressed to go to the garage to do it at 4 am! :mrgreen: )
ahh...good point, as i have a nice set of calipers in my toolbox...sometimes i forget the obvious!

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30mm

At least, that's what it is on my Vee.

I find it easier to use a wrench, then adjust the toothed nuts with a hammer and punch -- no need to remove the handlebars.
huh...never thought about doing it that way!

we will see how well tool making goes first though, i might resort for using a punch and a hammer!

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I find it easier to use a wrench, then adjust the toothed nuts with a hammer and punch -- no need to remove the handlebars.
i attempted this direction first....

didn't work for me...onto making the tool now!

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