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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Detroit, MI-Rivercyde
Removing Upper Triple - Never Mind
Update - I just looked at my bike with a fellow rider, here in the office, that happens to ride a cruiser. He identified that minor point I was overlooking. I didn't realize there is a "bump stop of sorts" built into the frame that only allows for removing the upper clamp (with ignition switch installed) if the bars are rotated all the way to the right.
So, I suspect my head bearings need tightening as I have been experiencing that clunky feel/sound when braking (not every time) or going over a series of bumps on the road. I removed both pinch bolts and the bolts underneath the upper triple clamp that secure the clip-ons (4 total).
I assumed the upper would just lift up and off with these 4 bolts removed. I was able to get the upper to lift slightly from the forks but it seemed the ignition switch was preventing the upper clamp from lifting any further. I proceeded to look all around the ignition switch as it appears that the upper triple clamp does rest on both sides of the ignition switch but it doesn't appear to be any type of bolt attachment. I didn't want to start just yanking on the thing for fear of damaging something
I have an actual factory service manual that is of no help. I am sure I may be overlooking something but not sure what. If you have removed your upper please chime in. My bike is an 03 ZX7R with 3500 miles.
Last edited by EIDROEDYR; 06-08-2005 at 02:46 PM.