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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-31-2014, 02:29 PM
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My first Wing (used GL1100) had races so bad you had to push past the detents.
And that makes for really crappy-feeling handling.

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Where can I get this spanner? My 1st 600-mile service is coming up and I like to do it myself. The owner manual did specify 'check for steering bearing looseness'. I haven't got my FSM yet. Is this easy to do to retorque the bearing? I have the torque wrenches and other metric tools.
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The head stem bearing is a easy job. I bought a set of tapered bearings but did not install because I was not happy with them not sitting flush with the top of the stem.

Cleaned and repacked the OEM bearings and now very smooth

Also did the throttle body sync and they were way out, bought back into balance, now just need to test ride

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Yamaha and K&L part numbers are shown on the photo of the tool on the referenced web link in post #9 of this thread.

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Any R20 C spanner should do the job.
I modified mine to make 2 separate spanners one of which for use with a torque wrench.



Looks like the bead bearings are shot on the new bike @ 6500kms.
They were loose from factory and torqued up correctly.
Did a complete service when I arrived home from picking the bike up.
A set of tapered rollers ordered.

Checked a mates 2013A bike yesterday, they too were loose.

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Well took her for a shake down ride this afternoon, nearly feels like a new bike, the severe vibrations nearly all gone.
New tyres (angel gt's) throttle body and head stem.
But I still think I will invest in some heavier bar end weights

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The heavy bar ends made a difference for me. I used throttlemeister but you may want to consider another non-locking brand as you don't need it with cruise. I suggest heavy ones as they took out my bar vibration.
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Just as an aside, I had the equivalent bearings/races get all shot in the propeller of my airplane about 5 years ago. This is what's known as a constant-speed prop, where there is a governor to keep the speed constant as you increase/increase throttle. Well, the blades would pop between detents and overspeed or react to every throttle movement with a change in power, like a fixed-pitch prop. Cost me $6 K to get repaired.

And I've driven a bike with this malady. I don't see how anyone rides a bike like this, with those built-in click-stops. What a hassle.
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Just as an aside, I had the equivalent bearings/races get all shot in the propeller of my airplane about 5 years ago. This is what's known as a constant-speed prop, where there is a governor to keep the speed constant as you increase/increase throttle. Well, the blades would pop between detents and overspeed or react to every throttle movement with a change in power, like a fixed-pitch prop. Cost me $6 K to get repaired.

And I've driven a bike with this malady. I don't see how anyone rides a bike like this, with those built-in click-stops. What a hassle.
It comes on so slowly that sometimes you just don't realize it. I've had that happen a time or two, and after changing the bearing I realized how bad it had been.
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The head stem bearing is a easy job. I bought a set of tapered bearings but did not install because I was not happy with them not sitting flush with the top of the stem.

Cleaned and repacked the OEM bearings and now very smooth

Also did the throttle body sync and they were way out, bought back into balance, now just need to test ride

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Repack & Torgue normally does the job.
That the problem with Tapers they are generally taller when fitted so there will be less of the stem thread sticking out to use. Also the rake & trail is slightly altered which quickens the steering.

I'm glad you got sorted Johnno.




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