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Our good friends at Stealyourmoneyasaki decided to use a ball joint as opposed to a bushing for the lower steering stem pivot. 84 bucks for this item from the dealer. Kill me.... I ordered a new one under protest.


 

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QUOTE (DMS @ Oct 1 2007, 01:20 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=3540
Our good friends at Stealyourmoneyasaki decided to use a ball joint as opposed to a bushing for the lower steering stem pivot. 84 bucks for this item from the dealer. Kill me.... I ordered a new one under protest.
I feel your pain. But I can tell you why they had to do it. Due to the amount of flex that this chassis has, they needed to use a balljoint type [which pivots in all directions] to keep it from binding. It would be very possible for the stem to bind if they just had a bushing. Its the price we have to pay for new technology I suppose.
 

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AJ, I can physically see the lower part of my stem wobble when I move the bars. I have developed quite a bit of play there. I do alot of mx jumping and dune riding.
 

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QUOTE (DMS @ Oct 9 2007, 05:59 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=3660
AJ, I can physically see the lower part of my stem wobble when I move the bars. I have developed quite a bit of play there. I do alot of mx jumping and dune riding.
Yea I think mine is loose as well, no big air for me... but plenty of small violent stuff mixed in with a few rolls and flips. What bike is that off of? did it bolt right on? "double d" did make a good point about the frame flex.

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That is the stock part. It bolts the the frame. I had to replace that after 2 rides. The new one seems to be holding up fine. I noticed my bars having play up and down. After removing it the ball was loose in the socket. The install was not bad. Lets hope the new one holds up longer.
 

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QUOTE (FUELATV @ Oct 9 2007, 12:46 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=3662
That is the stock part. It bolts the the frame. I had to replace that after 2 rides. The new one seems to be holding up fine. I noticed my bars having play up and down. After removing it the ball was loose in the socket. The install was not bad. Lets hope the new one holds up longer.
FUELATV,

I'm confused it is stock off of what bike... a Kawasaki?

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QUOTE (FUELATV @ Oct 9 2007, 06:52 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=3672
The above part is the stock steering stem mount.
Thanks for the clarification so it seem Kawasaki changed the design of the stock steering stem mount... and the new design seems to hold up better... good news. Sorry for the misunderstanding the "blue stem mount photo" through me off, but now I realize that it was just the photo.

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