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    F-Twins Tech - F800GS Steering Head Bearing Adjustment

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    Adjusting the steering head bearings on your BMW F800GS

    Making sure that you have the appropriate load on the steering head bearings allows for smooth steering and long bearing life. If the bearings are too tight, it's difficult to steer the motorcycle. If they are too loose, then you run the risk of ruining the bearings prematurely.

    To check if your bearings are loose:
    1. Raise the the front wheel off the ground, and grab the forks on the lower end of the bronze fork tubes (about midway up the fork tubes)
    2. Rock the forks back and forth as if you were rolling the front wheel back and forth.

    If you hear and feel a lot of clunking, then the bearings need attention.

    To check for worn bearings:
    1. Raise the the front wheel off the ground
    2. Turn the handle bars side to side from one stop all the way to the other stop

    If you feel a catch where they handlebars suddenly stop and don't want to move freely, you need new steering head bearings as the bearing cup has a groove worn into it.

    Motorcyclists Magazine has a very nice video that covers how to check your steering head bearings

    Note 1: The specific bike shown is a 2013 F800GS
    Note 2: The tools and materials used are by personal choice and are not due to any affiliation with any brand

    Tools Required:
    - T45 star (Torx) bit
    - 10mm hex socket
    - Ratchet(s) that fit the above
    - Torque wrench
    - Suitable way to raise the front wheel and keep the bike steady
    Last edited by drneo66; 04-19-2021 at 02:45 PM.
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