Greasing the Steering Head 09 WR450f
Posted July 10, 2010 - 04:44 PM
Did I miss a tutorial or post on this? The manual is a bit sketchy at best.
I'm getting ready to install a Scott's on my new 09WR450F, so I thought I might dive deeper & grease the front end at the same time.
Anyone out there that can give me a few clues on this procedure....?
Sorry if I missed the thread.
Posted July 11, 2010 - 06:49 AM
Posted July 11, 2010 - 10:07 AM
if someone would be so kind to post a link I think it would help some folks out
Posted July 11, 2010 - 11:56 AM
it's the "pull everything apart" part that I'm trying to get some detail and procedure on.
The manual is marginally unhelpful as usual.
The manual does show a special tool for the steering nut --steering nut wrench--
how do you deal with this nut?
What about the needles?
I assume you pull the fork tubes out of the TC....?
Posted July 13, 2010 - 05:23 PM
Posted July 13, 2010 - 05:51 PM
Posted July 13, 2010 - 07:39 PM
Yes, pull the forks out of the triple clamps to make the job much easier.
You won't need the steering stem spanner if you have a decent set of standard workshop tools.
Just use a hammer and punch (or "drift") on the nut, you are only really tapping it to make it move so you aren't going to be whacking the crap out of it and damaging it with the punch.
Buy a "C spanner" from your local engineering supplier if you are worried.
Honestly, just pull it apart, grease it, put it back together the same way it came apart. There really is nothing to it.
The hardest part is probably getting the right torque on the steering stem nut.
All I ever do is tighten it to what I think it should be then turn the sterring from lock to lock. If I feel any binding there I back it off a little.
If I feel play when i try to push and pull on it (forward/backward) then I tighten it up a bit more.
I always keep it slightly loose rather than tight because.....
....when you put the top triple clamp retaining nut on it will put a little additional pressure on the steering stem nut. You need to compensate for that with the slight looseness of the steering stem nut to begin with.
You'll be fine. Go for it.
Posted July 13, 2010 - 10:19 PM
Many Thanks Greg!
Now I'm armed and readi to go!
and I appreciate the encouragement!!
Posted July 14, 2010 - 05:29 AM
With a new bike the lower bearing should be fine. Just clean it up and pack that sucker with some quality waterproof grease and then you won't have to worry about it.
Posted July 16, 2010 - 08:37 AM
Posted July 16, 2010 - 09:29 AM
The manual thus far seems real sketch. Better than most bike manuals to be sure but I get much better help here on TT.
Thanks again for all replies! Most helpful!!