just a quick note before I head to work. No news from Roadsacallin yet. To anyone with the short threaded blind nut as it came to us new- I highly recommend trying either an older long threaded one, or making yourself a steel one like I did (very easily) out of a olde swing arm pivot thing. One day in the future I'll probably be sending something to Solo (you still want that airbox?) so I could easily include a heap of these steel blind nuts (I have three more on hand I could make and can cheaply or freely get more from my parts guy). With more thread in that stem and particularly with the steel blind nut, you really can torque it up properly. Secondly I'd say if you are redoing the stem torque on the centerstand with the front end hanging, do it the way I theorised, cause it works well. Loosen the top triple stem pinch bolts only- then loosen the lower triple fork pinch bolts- then the top triple is supporting the weight of the front end and you torque the blind nut which is only pulling the lower triple up and loading the bearings. I agree with Jenna that this stem and system is not ideal, but I agree with Solo that if you torque it up and preload the bearings correctly, then clamp down all the pinch bolts, it shouldn't be going anywhere. Saying this, Jenna seems to be the only one who has heavily tested it. I certainly haven't. I had numerous things going on with mine, but after sanding and polishing steps out of my stem (upper and lower bearings had nocked ridges in the stem) which has by the way reduced my 'interference fit', and using a long thread steel blind nut, I can get a very smooth linear increase in bearing preload as I torque up the stem- I couldn't get this before. I can now very easily way over-torque the head bearings without it feeling like I am about to strip the stem thread. I couldn't do this before. cheers, Gotta run.