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Old 02-25-2015, 09:28 AM   #1
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KTM 530 Steering question

What happend to my steering? All of a sudden my bike steering settles into a resting position in the straight forward position. It turns left and right fine, but when I turn the wheel from left to right or right to left it settles into the straight forward position. It completely screws up a ride because you can feel the settling in and out as your turning corners.

Has anyone experienced this before or know what is going on? This happened in one day after I changed out a front tire and went back out.

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Old 02-25-2015, 11:30 AM   #2
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Can you feel kind of a detent as it settles straight?

Your steering head bearings or bearing races might have a flat spot in them.

Or the forks were tightened to the axle incorrectly causing some sort of binding.

I had that happen to me on my 950 after bottoming really hard. It happens over time too.

hope this helps.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:56 AM   #3
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Sounds like time for new headset bearings
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Old 02-25-2015, 02:06 PM   #4
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Can you feel kind of a detent as it settles straight?

Your steering head bearings or bearing races might have a flat spot in them.

Or the forks were tightened to the axle incorrectly causing some sort of binding.

I had that happen to me on my 950 after bottoming really hard. It happens over time too.

hope this helps.
Thanks for the info.

It does feel like it's settling into a groove, but why is the groove perfectly centered? I'll check the tightening of the forks onto the axle. I don't think that's it, but you never know.


ShrederScott:
It happened all of a sudden, so I find it hard to believe that it's the bearings. I have about 8000 miles on it.

Any other ideas?
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Old 02-25-2015, 02:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info.

It does feel like it's settling into a groove, but why is the groove perfectly centered? I'll check the tightening of the forks onto the axle. I don't think that's it, but you never know.


ShrederScott:
It happened all of a sudden, so I find it hard to believe that it's the bearings. I have about 8000 miles on it.

Any other ideas?
mine was about dead center too.

I think it happens there because that's where the steering spends most of its time.

as scott said it may be time for new bearings.
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Old 02-25-2015, 02:54 PM   #6
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mine was about dead center too.

I think it happens there because that's where the steering spends most of its time.

as scott said it may be time for new bearings.
I guess I'll be pulling that apart right after I check the forks and watch some youtube videos. Now I have to find some time. I'll let you know what I find. Thanks.
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So I replaced the bearings and all and that seemed to do the trick. I'm surprised I didn't notice the feel sooner. When I examined the old bearings I couldn't feel any wear spots. It's working fine now, so I guess that was it. Thanks for all the help guys, I appreciate it.

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