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post #1 of 25 Old 10-23-2006, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Klunking noise in front end

I noticed the front end making a klunking, best word I can come up with, sound during my weekend fire road ride. It was pretty bad toward the end of the ride. If I lock the front brakes and push down on the suspension, I can hear it. It is totally repeatable in the first 2-3 inches of travel. The bike is '05 with only 900 miles on it. I bought it new about 6 weeks ago....What's a boy to do...steering head bearings? Some problem with the forks? Trip to the dealer and let him sort it out under warranty?... HELP...Thanks....
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post #2 of 25 Old 10-23-2006, 06:27 PM
 
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Try tightening that large nut under the handle bars. Sounds like something that my bike did until I gave that a 1/4 turn snug.
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post #3 of 25 Old 10-23-2006, 06:29 PM
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Probably loose steering stem bearings..........

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post #4 of 25 Old 10-23-2006, 09:02 PM
 
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It is important to loosen the top fork clamps before you tighten the steering stem nut. This allows the entire clamp to move down instead of compressing the center of the triple clamp.

Wish the old forum was around with Patman's write up. It will be restored soon I think.

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post #5 of 25 Old 10-23-2006, 09:16 PM
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post #7 of 25 Old 10-24-2006, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Used Patman's fine tutorial and fixed 'er right up...Thanks again...
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Used Patman's fine tutorial and fixed 'er right up...Thanks again...
what was it?

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Used Patman's fine tutorial and fixed 'er right up...Thanks again...
what was it?
Steering head bearings....Sorry, thought it was obvious base on the progression of the thread....
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post #10 of 25 Old 10-24-2006, 10:18 PM
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Cool deal! I'm glad you were able to fix it.
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