Kawasaki Ninja Service Manual: Stem, Stem Bearing Installation

Kawasaki Ninja Service Manual / Steering / Steering Stem / Stem, Stem Bearing Installation

Special Tools - Head Pipe Outer Race Press Shaft [A]: 57001-1075

Head Pipe Outer Race Driver,
55 [B]: 57001 -1446 or Bearing Driver Set: 57001-1129

Stem, Stem Bearing Installation


Stem, Stem Bearing Installation


Special Tools - Steering Stem Bearing Driver, 42.5 [C]:
57001-1344

Steering Stem Bearing Driver Adapter,
41.5 [D]: 57001-1345

Stem, Stem Bearing Installation


The lower and upper ball bearings are identical.

Stem, Stem Bearing Installation


Tighten the steering stem nut with 55 N·m (5.6 kgf·m, 41 ft·lb) of torque first, and loosen it a fraction of a turn until it turns lightly. Afterward tighten it again with specified torque using a steering stem nut wrench [A].

Check that there is no play and the steering stem turns smoothly without rattles. If not, the steering stem bearings may be damaged.

Special Tool - Steering Stem Nut Wrench: 57001-1100

Torque - Steering Stem Nut: 20 N·m (2.0 kgf·m, 15 ft·lb)

Stem, Stem Bearing Installation


Stem, Stem Bearing Installation


NOTE

Torque - Front Fork Clamp Bolts (Upper): 20 N·m (2.0 kgf·m, 15 ft·lb) Steering Stem Head Nut: 78 N·m (8.0 kgf·m, 58 ft·lb) Front Fork Clamp Bolts (Lower): 23 N·m (2.3 kgf·m, 17 ft·lb) Handlebar Clamp Bolts: 25 N·m (2.5 kgf·m, 18 ft·lb)

WARNING

If the handlebar does not turn to the steering stop it may cause an accident resulting in injury or death.

Be sure the cables, harnesses and hoses are routed properly and do not interfere with handlebar movement (see Cable, Wire, and Hose Routing section in the Appendix chapter).

Steering Stem Bearing Lubrication

Stem, Stem Bearing Removal
Remove: Upper Fairing Assembly (see Upper Fairing Assembly Removal in the Frame chapter) Front Fender (see Front Fender Removal in the Frame chapter) Front Wheel (see Front Wheel Removal ...

Steering Stem Warp Inspection
Whenever the steering stem is removed, or if the steering can not be adjusted for smooth action, check the steering stem for straightness. If the steering stem [A] is bent, replace the steer ...

Other materials:

Water Pump Impeller Disassembly/Assembly
Remove the water pump impeller (see Oil Pump Removal in the Engine Lubrication System chapter). The sealing seat and rubber seal may be removed easily by hand. Apply coolant around the surfaces of the rubber seal and sealing seat. Install the rubber seal [A] and sealing seat [B] into ...

Balance Inspection
Remove the front and rear wheels (see Front/Rear Wheel Removal). Support the wheel so that it can be spun freely. Spin the wheel lightly, and mark [A] the wheel at the top when the wheel stops. Repeat this procedure several times. If the wheel stops of its own accord in various positi ...

Brake Pedal Removal
Remove: Rear Master Cylinder Mounting Bolts [A] Foot Guard [B] Screw and Stopper [C] Bolt [D] Front Footpeg Bracket Bolts [E] Cable Guide [F] Remove: Cotter Pin [A] Joint Pin [B] Rear Brake Light Switch Spring [C] Return Spring [D] Remove the brake pedal mounting b ...