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Without a special tool, is there anyway I can correctly reassemble my steering stem to the frame?
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You can check the tool loaner program here on the forums .Here is a link :Goldwingfacts.com Tool Loaner Program

Aside from that several folks have made there own by cutting a socket to fit or taking a socket or pipe and welding square keystock to fit .




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Yup, I think I used a 24mm or something like that, measured it out so lugs would be as close to the flats as I could get them and cut it out with an angle grinder and file... worked fine for me.

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You can also purchase a good torque wrench from Harbor Freight for about $10-20.00 on sale, plus a 20% discount by using the coupon found in most motorcycle magazines.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...rench-239.html

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I have a torque wrench.
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Wasn't there away to ballpark the resistance with a small fish weighing scale? Could a screwdriver be held with vicegrips and tapped with a hammer...may take two people but if you are in a pinch.

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Yes there is a method :How to Make Your Own Torque Wrench | eHow.com

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Wasn't there away to ballpark the resistance with a small fish weighing scale? Could a screwdriver be held with vicegrips and tapped with a hammer...may take two people but if you are in a pinch.
This is the test to see if the bearing need tightening or if it is at the correct tension

Steering Stem Adjustment

Make sure the cables, hoses, and wire harnesses are routed properly, and that they do not bind in any steering position.

Raise the front wheel 10 mm (1 12 in) with a floor jack under the engine.

Position the front wheel in the straight ahead position.

Hook a spring scale on the handlebars 40 cm (1 5.7 in) from the center of the steering stem nut. With the scale 90" to the handlebars, pull on it and measure the force required to move the handlebars. Do this on both the left and right handlebar. Add the left and right measurements and divide the total by two to get the average initial force.

Standard Total Average Initial Force: 500-650 grams (1 7.6-22.9 oz)

Maximum Difference Between Left and Right Sides: 300 grams (1 0.5 oz)

If the measurements are not within these limits, adjust the steering stem.

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Stem to frame should be easy...

... which bike?
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im guessing his 1100.....

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