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Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Service Manual: Steering tension adjustment

Check the steering movement in the following procedures:

  1.  by supporting the motorcycle with a jack, lift the front wheel unit is off the floor 20 30 mm (0.8 1.2 In).
  2.  Remove the steering damper. Refer to steering damper construction .
  3.  Check to make sure that the cables and wire harnesses are properly routed.
  4. With the front wheel in the straight ahead state, hitch the spring scale (special tool) on one handlebar grip end as shown in the figure and read the graduation when the handlebar starts moving.

Initial force 200 500 grams

Special tool

(a):
0994092720 (spring scale)

Suzuki GSX-R. Steering tension adjustment


  1. Do the same on the other grip end.
  2.  If the initial force read on the scale when the handlebar starts turning is either too heavy or too light, adjust it till it satisfies the specification.
  1.  first, loosen the front fork upper clamp bolts, handlebar clamp bolts, steering stem head nut and steering stem lock-nut, and then adjust the steering stem nut by loosening or tightening it.
  2.  tighten the steering stem lock-nut, stem head nut, handlebar clamp bolts and front fork upper clamp bolts to the specified torque and re-check the initial force with the spring scale according to the previously described procedure.
  3.  if the initial force is found within the specified range, adjustment has been completed.
Note

hold the front fork legs, move them back and forth and make sure that the steering is not loose.

Suzuki GSX-R. Steering tension adjustment


Steering stem bearing removal and installation
Removal Remove the steering stem upper bearing and steering stem lower bracket. Refer to steering / steering damper removal and installation .  Remove the steering stem lower bearing i ...

Specifications
Tightening torque specifications Note the specified tightening torque is described in the following. Handlebar components  steering components  steering damper c ...

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Water pump related parts inspection
Refer to water pump disassembly and assembly . Mechanical seal Visually inspect the mechanical seal for damage, with particular attention given to the sealing face. Replace the mechanical seal that shows indications of leakage. Oil seal Visually inspect the oil seal for damage, with p ...

Procedure for returning to service
Clean the entire motorcycle.  Remove the oily rags from the air cleaner intake and muffler outlet.  Drain all the engine oil. Install a new oil filter and fill the engine with fresh oil as outlined in this manual.  Remove the spark plugs. Turn the engine a few tim ...

Break-in procedures
During manufacture only the best possible materials are used and all machined parts are finished to a very high standard but it is still necessary to allow the moving parts to break-in before subjecting the engine to maximum stresses. The future performance and reliability of the engine depen ...

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