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  • TLR Steering Head Bearings

    .....hmmm....I may have already asked this one some time back, but I've forgotten, so here it goes (again?)

    I want to re-tension my steering head bearings (they have been replaced at a workshop but feel a little loose now) but am daunted by the need for a 'special Suzuki tool) to do the job on the specially shaped round/notched nuts.

    A hammer/drift is a bit too severe, and not too accurate I'd reckon

    Anyone know of replacement nuts in standard oct shape?

    Thanks
    Last edited by ratTLeR; 10-10-2003, 01:36 AM.

  • #2
    Are you talking about the safety torx bolts?
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    August 2004

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    • #3
      i used a hammer and a drift pin (screwdriver). ask crash. he will show ya

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      • #4
        hmmm

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SDTLR
          Are you talking about the safety torx bolts?
          Not sure what they're called (too lazy at the moment to get my fiche out to look it up!) but they are the two (alloy, I think?) circular nuts which both have engagement notches cut into them. One nut is for tension, the upper one for locking. They are both clearly visible without removing anything.

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          • #6
            How much could it possibly cost to have the "workshop" tighten them back up?

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            • #7
              You can get an aftermarket bit to replace those so that you can just use a standard socket on it. Our track bike has this and it makes life much easier. Not sure where you would buy it though as ours came with the aftermarket triple's.

              Using a drift and hammer is not to bad but you do mess them up a little each time you do it. A dealer should be able to do it for you for a few bucks.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by HandJuice
                How much could it possibly cost to have the "workshop" tighten them back up?
                Hey Juice
                On one hand you're totally right, but on the other you're talking to a guy thats gotta be very careful with his cash disposal at the moment.....and I'm sure I'm not the only one on the Planet!

                This job of tightening the nuts, like so many jobs on the TLR, takes about a minute to actually do. But it takes a relatively long time to dismantle the various bits to get to 'em, and just as long to to put it back together again. So the workshop's eggtimer starts at the first action.....and it makes it relatively expensive by the end.

                Besides, I like to do these sorts of jobs.....its inherently simple and it just basically pisses me off that I'm thwarted by the lack of one special tool, so I'm just sussing out all the Planeteers out there to see if there is another way.....

                But, of course, if there's no other way.....

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                • #9
                  You can use a spanner wrench or the suzuki special tool. I used a hammer and a screwdriver
                  Everyone dies but not everyone lives

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                  • #10
                    I a workshop charges you more than 30 minutes labour they are royally screwing you.

                    Takes 15 minutes tops...and that was the first time we ever did it...
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