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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 ...

Other materials:

Front brake pad inspection
The extent of brake pads wear can be checked by observing the grooved limit line a on the pads. When the wear exceeds the grooved limit line, replace the pads with new ones. Refer to front brake pad replacement . Caution replace the brake pad as a set, otherwise braking perform ...

Damping force adjustment
The rebound and compression damping force can be individually adjusted by turning the respective adjusters. The rebound damping force adjuster 2 is located at the top of the front fork. The compression damping force adjuster 3 is located at the bottom of the front fork. To adjust the da ...

Precautions
Precautions for brake system Refer to general precautions in section 00 (page 00-1). Brake fluid information This brake system is filled with an ethylene glycol-based dot 4 brake fluid. Do not use or mix different types of fluid, such as silicone-based or petroleum-based. ...

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