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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-03-2020, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Sterring barrings.

Just wanted to reach out and thank all of those that gave me the solution to fixing my bike.
Had a issue with a "death wobble"
You guys told me to change the steering barrings from OEM
to tapered and what a difference.

Common problem with 2014 FJR's.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-03-2020, 09:42 AM
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Very good! Be sure to go back and torque again after a few rides. They'll be fine after that.

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Its a common problem with all motorcycles using ball bearings in the steering stem.
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Kinda following up on Russ’s suggestion, myself I put around 500-600mi on the initial install and then retorque them, after that I check/retorque them every 6mos. Until I find that they stay put at the 18ft/lbs I set them to. They will get to the point that they really don’t loosen up, I will check them every couple of years though on a cold or rainy day with a few adult beverages.
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Same with the OEM's.... 13 ft. lbs. final torque is too light IMHO. 15-18 more like it, and I've never had an issue with the OEM's. A new FJR will need the retorque after a few hundred miles as the bearings get bedded in, and again, the 13 torque is too low. The tapered rollers are a common solution, and they are very robust.
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I think it is awfully hard to measure torque when setting steering stem bearing preload. There is about 1/4 turn before torque increases. I agree that Yamaha's spec gets you in the ballpark but after that you have to wiggle the steering and make a judgement decision.

FSM for GL1800 specifies a fish scale hooked at tip of handlebar for setting steering preload.

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