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hey guys i have a 05 450, bikes been down for 2 weeks .i went out and turned the bars and the stem was real rough when turned, so of course i wanted to grease it.i took it apart and my first question is should the bearings have a little play in them up and down?and is the bottom bearing pressed on cant get it off.and how tight should the notched nut above the grease seal be?

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clean them, like in gas or solvent, pack them well. The top astrisk nut is put on by feel. I don't do it really tight just snug. when you torque the top nut it gets a little tighter. Make sure there is no slop tho.

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yeah, the outer race will move up and down to the inner race. Load them with grease and call it good

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how tight should the notched nut above the grease seal be?

I read an article that said to tighten it up enough to get some resistance when turning bars back and forth (they gave a specific resistance measured at the end of the bar, but I don't recall what it was). This helps reduce head shake. I tried it and I love it, really helps. Just didn't feel right tightening that nut so tight against the bearings since I was used to just snugging it to get rid of any play. So, do yourself a favor and try tightening it enough to get some significant resistance to steering while the bike is on the stand.

Chris

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