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post #1 of 7 Old 08-06-2008, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Steering Head Bearings on 919

While running through the manual for my 919, it listed an inspection interval for the steering head bearing. This inspection step also has a note that an authorized Honda service rep should perform this.

Having completed the rest of the maintenance that was recommended after the first 600 mi myself, I was wondering if any one had any advice on performing this inspection?

Perhaps, I am just beign too cheap!

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-06-2008, 09:17 AM
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This is to check bearing play before it gets out of hand. Lift the front wheel and move the forks feeling for play in the steering head. If you find the steering head is loose setting the preload can be done. There's a post that covers replacing the bearings and I think adjustment. Good luck.

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Sometimes bikes get shipped to the dealer with not enough grease in the bearings. Every bike I've owned for the last 15 yrs, get a zirk nipple just below the top bearing race. It takes about 5 mins and gives me piece of mind, and I've not replaced any head bearings since. I check for notches and looseness every tire removal. In hot weather the grease can ooze out of the bottom race, but, a paper towel once a month takes care of that. The 1st time I remove and repack my swingarm it will get zirked also.

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I figured that there was little to check.
I will dig up that post and review it.
I like the idea of the zerk as well.

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Sometimes bikes get shipped to the dealer with not enough grease in the bearings. Every bike I've owned for the last 15 yrs, get a zirk nipple just below the top bearing race. It takes about 5 mins and gives me piece of mind, and I've not replaced any head bearings since. I check for notches and looseness every tire removal. In hot weather the grease can ooze out of the bottom race, but, a paper towel once a month takes care of that. The 1st time I remove and repack my swingarm it will get zirked also.
Great info Dickey.....need to grease mine for a lil insurance

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Sometimes bikes get shipped to the dealer with not enough grease in the bearings. Every bike I've owned for the last 15 yrs, get a zirk nipple just below the top bearing race. It takes about 5 mins and gives me piece of mind, and I've not replaced any head bearings since. I check for notches and looseness every tire removal. In hot weather the grease can ooze out of the bottom race, but, a paper towel once a month takes care of that. The 1st time I remove and repack my swingarm it will get zirked also.

how do you go about this?
drill and tap it obviously
but what about the metal filings from the drilling and taping
don't they get into the steering head?.
it looks like a bloody good and easy mod to do.

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