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Old 06-27-2013, 09:51 AM   #16
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On my 300 that stem race fell off with a single light tap of a hammer on a regular screwdriver. The fit of these super cheapo parts is quite suspect. No wonder they wobble all over the road!

Whatever you do, avoid OEM Kawi replacements, and yes, that is the kit I used. It is very good quality parts, no complaints at all. The whole bike became more stable and "tighter" that it was off the floor.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:03 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by indr View Post
Update: Went out for a ride. The problem is still there. But less pronounced. The main stem nut isn't all that tight either.
Since you did not replace the bearing races when you replaced the ball bearings in your steering heads, you may very well have left behind dimpled races, which might be causing this effect.

It could easily be something else, though, and you've got enough stuff going on with this bike to make any sort of internet diagnosis difficult.

I can confidently recommend replacing your steering-head bearings (balls and races, both), since you didn't replace the worn races the first time around. Find sources (local bearing supplier, all-balls, etc.), and see what some comparison shopping can do for you.

I can also confidently recommend finding local, in-person expertise to assist you. There are real limits to what one can do over the internet, and based on this thread, I've reached the end of my expertise.
I'll get back in the saddle again if it kills me...
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:10 PM   #18
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They should be good for many tens of thousands of miles!
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