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Offline AndyAy

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Loose head bearings on my new 2017
« on: May 28, 2017, 11:46:33 PM »
I'd got almost 300 miles on my new SX when there came a hard knocking from the front end during slow braking. I was a bit surprised that the dealer wanted me to ride it over to get it checked out. Anyway, I wobbled slowly to the dealer's, by which time time the front end was banging off every dimple in the road. The dealer and the mechanic said; not to worry, it's just your floating disks, they all do that. I stood my ground and said; if you take it out I think you'll find the headstock bearings loose. He did, and they were.  :192:

Forewarned is forearmed, people.
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Re: Loose head bearings on my new 2017
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2017, 07:56:51 AM »
OMG  :005:
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Re: Loose head bearings on my new 2017
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2017, 03:20:27 PM »
Which dealer? All should be aware.

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Re: Loose head bearings on my new 2017
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2017, 06:19:45 PM »
*Originally Posted by DazF [+]
Which dealer? All should be aware.

Well, I don't like to bad mouth dealers, and I've dealt with them for many years with no problems, I also think you'll probably get a similar response at most. However, if you were after a new Kawasaki in Newcastle, you'd probably come across them. The main thing is that I have committed to record the issue. If it happens to you, and the engineer says they never leave the factory with loose bearings, well... for all to see.
C100; C90; CB125S; RD200DX; CB125T; CB750FB; VFR750 (x2); NS400R (on loan); CBR1000FL; FIREBLADE 1996; TRANSALP, AFRICA TWIN; BLACKBIRD (x3), 1996, 2000, 2006; HAYABUSA 2006; FJR1000 2004; VARADERO (x3) 1999, 2001, 2008; VFR400R 1989; BMW R1200GS (x2); and now... Z1000SX 2017.

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Re: Loose head bearings on my new 2017
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2017, 09:08:32 PM »
Andyay. Thanks for the heads up. Great post. I've just had my 17 put through the same treatment. And exactly the same responses from the dealer. Told them about your experience and they checked it and found the same. Cheers bud.  :828:

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Re: Loose head bearings on my new 2017
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2017, 06:45:21 PM »
Wow! It's not just me then.... :830:  Also I read your post about the stall after a throttle blip and mine's nearly done it and caught itself twice. Just a little stutter and I've noticed it and thought; wasssat?
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C100; C90; CB125S; RD200DX; CB125T; CB750FB; VFR750 (x2); NS400R (on loan); CBR1000FL; FIREBLADE 1996; TRANSALP, AFRICA TWIN; BLACKBIRD (x3), 1996, 2000, 2006; HAYABUSA 2006; FJR1000 2004; VARADERO (x3) 1999, 2001, 2008; VFR400R 1989; BMW R1200GS (x2); and now... Z1000SX 2017.

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Re: Loose head bearings on my new 2017
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2017, 08:15:41 AM »
On my 2015 I noticed a tiny knocking and took it in suspecting this (loose head bearing) when it was under warrantee.

They checked it and it was in fact the pads moving as they grip the disc as the pad springs are a bit weak.

It still happens, affects nothing and I'm happy..... But worth checking.
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Re: Loose head bearings on my new 2017
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2017, 02:16:33 PM »
Whats the symptoms?

My 2016 has a noticable 'click' feel when coming off braking - not really when you put on brakes.its almost due 7.5k service and under warranty so I'll have it checked but always good to know so can keep Mr Spanner on his toes!

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Re: Loose head bearings on my new 2017
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2017, 07:10:06 PM »
*Originally Posted by madmic [+]
Whats the symptoms?

My 2016 has a noticable 'click' feel when coming off braking - not really when you put on brakes.its almost due 7.5k service and under warranty so I'll have it checked but always good to know so can keep Mr Spanner on his toes!

This is what I had Mic.  Just a little "click" as you come top a stop and the weight comes off the pads.
They checked it and said as above (just the pad springs letting the pads move).  They said it is more noticeable with after market pads.  I've not got after market ones though.  Standard are enough me thinks!
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Re: Loose head bearings on my new 2017
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2017, 08:06:02 PM »
Exactamondo what I'm getting!! Had it on an abba stand and gave the forks a good tugging in all directions, couldn't feel anything and steering is smooth.

 


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