Re: How to set steering nut torque for taper bearings?
I'm kind of at a loss for what Honda talks about on their steering stem torque values. For one if you crank the very first nut down to 22ft lbs your putting unnecessary pressure on the bearings. I always thought the idea was to get all the freeplay out of the bearing using the first adjusting nut, not get all the freeplay out AND squash it down to 22ft lbs. My guess is Honda wants people to get the freeplay out of the bearings just to the point of where there is "zero wobble", then turn it 1/4 turn tighter. Now slide the lockwasher onto the stem. Then put the second jam nut on the stem and torque THAT nut down to 22ft lbs while using a wrench to hold the first nut still so that it does not move in the slightest from it's adjustement. Now bend the lockwasher to hold both nuts in place. If you put 22ft lbs of torque directly onto the bearings they will be ruined in no time flat... and you will be eating that next corner you turn into.
Last edited by Fastrr; 08-28-2006 at 11:27 PM.