Difficulty removing steering shaft nut: advice sought

Hi All,

I am interested in advice from others who may have had this problem.

In seeking to remove my steering head to grease the bearings (newly purchased WR426), I have had difficulty in removing the steering shaft nut. It is torqued to ~ 140Nm, and I am seeking to remove the nut with the forks off the bike. As the nut is turned the top fork clamping bracket rotates with the nut, but the nut does not release. Rather, the top clamping bracket rotates out of alignment with the lower bracket (up to 90 degrees) yet the steering shaft nut still does not release. It appears that the options I face are:

1.) Continue to undo the nut, under the assumption that it will release, or

2.) Place the forks in the steering head to prevent relative rotation between the two clamping brackets and undo the steering shaft nut. I am concerned that this option may place and unacceptable force on the forks.

Advice on what action to pursue with respect to the above would be gratefully appreciated.


put the fork tubes back in, and spin off the nut.


'99 WZ/YR (you choose!) with ALL YZ mods, de-octopused, DSP Doug Henry airbox w/ velocity stack, FMF PowerBomb header, Stroker SX-1 silencer, SS front brake line, OEM YZ tank, IMS YZ seat.

Borrow an impact wrench.

No impact. Put forks back in, put socket on, and turn.

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