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robmsz 05-30-2009 07:25 AM

'81 KAW LTD 440 D2 belt dr. self centering steering?
 
I wanted to see if anyone knows if a 1981 kawasaki LTD 440 D2 BELT Drive has self centering steering. If not something is wrong with my steering.

The_AirHawk 05-30-2009 08:53 AM

Most bikes DO want to continue in a straight line of their own-accord (when in motion, of course) BUT - you might have the steering-head bearings going out. One symptom is the feeling of a "detent" or "roughness" in the steering. They're not difficult to change, just a bit time-consuming, and you have to find some way to "hold up" the bike and allow you to disassemble the front end.

Look up your model here: All Balls Racing

robmsz 05-30-2009 09:17 AM

I checked the bearings by putting the bike up on a center stand and everything seems OK except for when it passes the center point. I was wondering if anyone has ever seen a self centering steering like that?

The_AirHawk 05-30-2009 09:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by robmsz (Post 215055)
I checked the bearings by putting the bike up on a center stand and everything seems OK except for when it passes the center point. I was wondering if anyone has ever seen a self centering steering like that?

One (or more) of the balls has worn itself a "detent" in the bearing race.

It's quite common.


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