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I came down too hard from a wheelie and now the front end seems loose. Whem I'm sitting on the bike in the garage, I can grab the front brake and rock the bike back and forth and there's defintely a lot of play in there. Damn it! What did I do now! So I'm wondering if I should buy a stand for the front end and try to replace the bearing, or let the dealer put their greasy hands on it.
I have 900 miles on her, What should I do?
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Try re-torquing it. If you have to take it in, I doubt it's covered under warranty as bearings are wear items. Although with only 900 miles on the clock, I could be wrong.
 

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Thanks Alaska, my bro said the same thing. Do I have to remove the top triple clamp to do this? Or can I just loosen the "headstock bolt" and use a hammer and flat head? Should I buy a special c-spanner? How tight should it be?
Sorry for the twenty questions.
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Thanks Dev, I can always count on this site for help.
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I'll definitely keep everyone up to speed on this one. I've downloaded and saved the service manual to my desktop. According to the manual this should prove to be really easy. And if I botch it (which I won't), I really won't be any worse off. I need a stand though.
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I just did this with out a stand. It was super easy, however you need a special tool to adjust the headstock Triumph part #3880024 I got it for $89 through Great Bay Triumph. I assume that having the front lifted would take pressure off the bearings, however All I had was a fork lift or a jack under the engine, which isnt very stable. The task is really easy, you will also need a 36mm socket to remove the top nut. The Top Triple fits snug, it took some gentle tapping from a mallet to ease it off. Same going back on.
 

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Thanks J-pip. I've already got a stand adapter from pitbull on the way. I was planning on using a flat-head and a hammer to make the adjustments. Is the 3880024 really necessary?
 

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dr. gallup, I don't think that's it. I'm looking for a c-spanner type of tool for the adjustment of the bearings against their races.
 

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Guvna, according to the shop bible T3880024 is the 45mm crown socket and this is the tool used on the "Headstock Bearing Adjustment" steps.

I guess you could get away with a C-spanner from the local bicycle shop, but this would make things pretty hard for doing the proper torque steps. I would not trust my wrist on the "slacken adjuster nut then tighten to 40Nm, slacken adjuster nut, then retighten to 15Nm".
 

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Guv you need the special tool, it looks like th epart #18 on bike bandit's site. I got mine through Great bay Triumph, it was $90 there. I'm feeling kind of stupid now. But you need that tool to be able to torque the nuts properly, if you do it too tight, it'll mess up your steering and if it's not tight enough you'll keep having the same troubles your having now. Having teh right tool is worth it IMO. I wish i'd of seen it at $45 though. Great bay originally qouted me that, then told me it was $89 when I talked to someone else.
 

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That can't be special tool used by triumph only, right? I suspect that if you go to a good car part shop you'll find one there half the price.
 

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J-Pip said:
It was super easy, however you need a special tool to adjust the headstock Triumph part #3880024 I got it
J-Pip, what are the measurements of the special socket? Inner / outer diameter of the business end is what I am interested in. 45mm says the manual, but is this id or od? Id I guess, but I would rather be 100% before I go and call around for the socket.
 

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The inner diameter is about 35 mm and outer 45 mm. I left my digital camera at work, I'll try to get some pics of it up so you can see it. The nuts fit inside the tool, the tool covers the whole nut when it's applied.

I was told that the Triple engine is very similar to a Kawi 4 cyl, just with one cyl chopped off. I don't know how true this is, but maybe a kawi shop would have a similar tool. I figured that, with the way I do wheelies, I may as well buy the tool, it'll be cheaper that way.
Martin i'll try to get those pics up for you today.
 

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Thanks. A pic would be very helpful.

The local tool shop seems to list a castellated socket with id 36mm, so this could be very close as long as the slot count and size is right.
 

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It's been a busy day, I seem to have "misplaced" my camera, I'll see what I can do about those pics. Got a girl driving at .358 i'll look in my car for the camera when I get the report done.
 
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