adjusting R100GS steering head bearings?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Solo Lobo, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. Frank Warner

    Frank Warner Traveller

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    Yes they are shot. No imagination required. You will notice this worst at slow speed straight ahead type going. Bike will want to stay on one line, getting off that line to one half a degree off is very difficult.
    No.

    I like easy questions. :1drink
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  2. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    well, i just dug up this thread.
    i'm having wobble as well.
    was having no problems whatsoever until i replaced my rear tire.
    old tire was metzler tourance and was worn very very flat. dangerously so when i got the bike. new tire is metzler tourance also.

    wobbles only 70+mph and is really annoying.

    below are some pics. I don't know what kind of rear shock i have, but was told when i got the bike that it's been rebuilt in the last couple years.

    i'm gonna start off checking out air pressures and inspecting a couple things and trying to see what happenes if i remove the jesse bags.

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  3. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    My wobble is 90% better since adjusting the bearings.....
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  4. sdpc2

    sdpc2 Just another Rally Rat

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    I have a '95 gspd with gripsters, HT bags, Fox twin clicker and the upgraded front end. Recently i had the same wobbling issue... adjusting the steering head bearings fixed it right up.

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  5. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    What upgraded front end? Fox twin clicker is a rear shock?


    for what its worth, I just put gripsters on, and 5k miles later, they look like new. I was hoping to burn them out and get knobs back on, but these things wont die. Oh, and no wobble. Yet.

    Also-- datchew-- what sort of rear topcase is that on that cool lookin GS?
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  6. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    yeah.. my gripsters are at 5K and look new as well


    The topcase looks like a jesse "tool box" with a givi top plate on it. I have a jesse toolbox on my R100Gs and love it.

    http://www.jesseluggage.com/rearcomp.html

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  7. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    yup, solo lobo nailed it. It's what he said, but the givi case is long dead.

    Can anyone by chance tell me what kinda shock that is that i have by inspecting the pictures?

    I got the bike bout a month ago and am still trying to figure everything out.
    The front fork springs and all that mess were replaced, but the head bearing is still the original. It was re-lubed about 5k ago, so i'm thinking perhaps soon is a good time to just replace the whole mess regarding that particular job. From reading up on it, it looks like a pain.

    other options include touratech riser spacer thing to raise the handlebars, heated grips, and now, a new rear tire!

    Anyway, i'm changing all the fluids, including fork oil and read something in my clymer book about lubing the splines on the back of the tranny??????
    It's a dry shaft and was replaced about 5k ago, so i'm good to go there.

    Anything else I need to be aware of or take care of soon?
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  8. sdpc2

    sdpc2 Just another Rally Rat

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    Hey Stagehand,

    My bike has the gold tech emulators (i think that is what they are called) in the front, and the twin clicker in the rear. So far, it has been a good match.


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  9. GuinnesS

    GuinnesS Been here awhile

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    I owned a used 92 gspd for a while and when I first rode this particular bike It too had an unsettling weave, mostly at freeway speeds. In this case though it turned out previous owner had reinstalled the rear shock with the wrong arrangement of washers. This had the shock off axis and every little bump would induce a weave. $0.02
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  10. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    Works Performance! same as me...

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  11. bikejunkie

    bikejunkie Adventurer

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    Are the lower triple clamp and locking tube the same on an 88-90 as the 91-95 GS? Max's has different part numbers (not always means their different). After replacing the steering head bearings in my 88 GS I want to know if the homemade thrust collar recommended on this site (the 3/4 copper connecting plumbing sleeve etc.) will work. Anybody done this mod to an 88-90 GS? If so, any suggestions? Thanks.
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  12. bcostell

    bcostell Been here awhile

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    The top and bottom triple clamp, plus collars etc are different on the earlier and later bikes. I've swapped the earlier to the later type, you can pick all of the parts up s/h if you shop around a bit.
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  13. Frank Warner

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    Seperate topics!!!!!!

    On parts -


    I don't know. Maybe take a look at some bikes?
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    On adjustment.

    I don't know. I have not tried it. But in theory it should. Note To be clear. The 3/4 copper sleeve is a 'tool', not a part of the bike - it helps in performing an adjustment or setting.
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  14. sharkey

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    Just did this, following the instructions, and I can confirm it works.
    Much tighter than I'd previously set them, and helps the low-speed
    steering a lot. I still need to replace the bearings, though ... there's
    quite a noticeable flat spot.

    To cut the collar evenly, I used a dremel cutoff disc in my drill
    press, with the drill press plate 10mm belot the disc ... then just
    held the bottom of the collar with a pair of pliers and slid it along the
    plate and into the disc, turning it until it was cut all the way around.
    Makes a nice even cut, easy to clean up with only a little sandpaper.

    Wear eye protection.

    -----sharks
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