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Hi all...

My 1998 Carby has a bit of play in the front end. Steering left to right is ok but on braking of going over a speed bump, there is definite give in it. I have had a look at DIY headstock tightening vids but they don't seem applicable to the Bird. Can anyone advise if tightening is a DIY job or whether specialist tools are needed?

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Dave
 

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If you have a Haynes manual its clearly shown in there. The tools you need are either a C spanner or a proper peg socket. Straightforward job. Whats the mileage on her and when were they last changed? May be worth changing them.
 

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Hi Dave,
If you are sure its the steering bearing, For me I would change the bearings themselves, reason being yours is not even wear its only in one spot from what you say.
Have you lifted the front wheel off the ground and checked it properly? someone gently pull pushing on folrks checking the movement.
Then side to side for notches?
As Adeyren said the only tool that you might not have is a C spanner, but if your going there anyway then your not far away for inspecting the bearing and races themselves and again not far from replacement.
 

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If they are factory roller ball you'll need a fish scale as well digital is the best. To set preload. I'd also do as gadgey states. Have someone push down on the rear with it on the center stand. Then gently turn side to side and see if your face is notched. You'll feel if it is.
 

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...The tools you need are either a C spanner or a proper peg socket. ...
can I add in a torque wrench and suitable bit for the top nut (103Nm) you need to remove this and the top yoke to get to the bearings.
 
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