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Hi Guys,

anybody have that special spanner for the steering head that I could borrow.

Seems my bearings have seen better days

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There nothing special about it.
The claw will fit most Yamaha models ie. it fits my FJR 01, RD350B 75 and RD400C 76 so you should be able to get one cheap.

Also I would be surprised if they need replacing, repack and torque first.




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Thanks Woody, but if you felt what i felt turning the bars when the bike was jacked up getting new tyres fitted, you would also think something is very wrong.

But i hope you are right about the re pack

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Thanks Woody, but if you felt what i felt turning the bars when the bike was jacked up getting new tyres fitted, you would also think something is very wrong.

But i hope you are right about the re pack

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What are you feeling? Every other bike that I've ever owned for any length of time with balls and races beat little dents in the races over time. My 'oldwing got so bad I could push the front wheel just a little right or left on a stand, and it'd self-center itself.
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Hi Guys,
anybody have that special spanner for the steering head that I could borrow.
Seems my bearings have seen better days
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Aussie Johnno,

Sorry, no spanner here, but if you are planning to replace the steering head bearings, you might consider getting tapered roller bearings, which would be a great improvement over stock bearings, for little extra cost. Somebody here had a number for the excellent Timken bearings, but even the lesser brands are better than stock. You should find some good procedures for removing the old races, also, because they can be trouble, without some good tricks. COPY and PASTE each one of these two lines (complete) into your Google search engine:
steering bearings site:https://www.fjrowners.com
steering bearings site:http://www.fjrforum.com
to get all the links you want. (Google will search only the one web site, for each line.)

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Mr_ Ed, yes the steering Self Centres, but is also not a smooth arc from side to side.

And the bike has an unbelievable vibration so much that I was within an inch of trading it in this week.

My hands go numb after 20 kilometres, yes 20 not 200

And I though stupidly new tyres would make a difference, was I wrong.

And so to the bearings this weekend.

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Mr_ Ed, yes the steering Self Centres, but is also not a smooth arc from side to side.

And the bike has an unbelievable vibration so much that I was within an inch of trading it in this week.

My hands go numb after 20 kilometres, yes 20 not 200

And I though stupidly new tyres would make a difference, was I wrong.

And so to the bearings this weekend.

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Sounds like it's time.
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the bike has an unbelievable vibration so much that I was within an inch of trading it in this week. My hands go numb after 20 kilometres, yes 20 not 200.
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Aussie Johnno,

Chances are, a Throttle Body Sync (TBS) will cure most of the vibration problem. Do the job at idle speed, and at 3000~4000 RPM, then check back here. Once that is done, you may want to add Bar End Weights, to polish out the last little vibrations which may remain. Throttlemeister makes a bar end weight and throttle lock assembly, with a heavyweight option. There are several makers of plain bar end weights and generally. heavier is better.

Steering bearings are very important, of course, but I doubt they will help much with a vibration issue.

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My first Wing (used GL1100) had races so bad you had to push past the detents.

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Just google "fjr tapered roller bearings".

Plenty of hits on where to get and how to install tapered roller bearings.

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