Steering bearing torque

Steering bearing torque

Postby joeduc996 » Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:12 pm

I just finished the steering head bearing replacement with All Balls kit. The Honda manual says 8-9 lb-ft torque, All Balls says 24 lb-ft. Quite a disparity.

Is there a consensus on the torque, or what has worked for you?

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Re: Steering bearing torque

Postby alimey4u2 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:16 am

joeduc996 wrote:I just finished the steering head bearing replacement with All Balls kit. The Honda manual says 8-9 lb-ft torque, All Balls says 24 lb-ft. Quite a disparity.

Is there a consensus on the torque, or what has worked for you?

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Interesting one this. Me ? I would definitely contact the supplier with the question posted. If you didn't like their answer or no answer given, I would torque to their requirements to seat in & then re-torque to Mr Honda's.... Too much or too little & it will feel like you had a flat tire.. :wink:

OH! A fellow in the UK makes the castle sockets for the job by the way...Quite cheap & lovely pieces of work...
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Postby daves79x » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:44 am

In the first place, torque them to about 80 ft/lbs. Then rotate lock to lock 20 or so times. This will square the bearings and races. Loosen, retorque to 80 and repeat. Then loosen and torque to 12-14 ft/lbs and you'll be about perfect. Any more torque than that and the bike will weave all over the place going at slow speed.

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