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I’ve just bought a 1959 A10 GF in RGS clothing. I have noticed play in the steering head and need to check if it is an adjustment problem or whether I need to renew bearings.

I’ve loosened then steering head nut (loosening the dampener as I go) to reveal the adjuster sleeve. I loosened the fork stanchion lower pinch bolts and was about to attempt to tighten the sleeve to draw the upper and lower yokes together to reduce the play when I noticed that the top fork stanchions have been painted.

1. Will this affect the ability to draw up the adjuster sleeve?

2. Will I need to loosen / remove the clip-on handlebars?

3. Are there any wider implications of painting top stanchions?

I’m not sure I have the appetite / skill to do a bearing renewal myself so hoping to take the easier option.

Any help would be much appreciated


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If your only adjusting the play in the bearings then the gap your removing will be thousands of an inch and not mm. I wouldn’t even bother slackening the punch bolts. Make your adjustment on the castellated adjuster then refit the top nut.

If you decide to drop the forks out, removing the top yoke and castellated adjuster will allow this. If you have no history of the bike then it wouldn’t be a bad idea to check the condition of the races and re-grease. You could also check the condition by removing the slack and ensuring that there is no play by pulling on the fork sliders. but ensuring that the forks can still flop side to side. And check for any roughness will indicate new bearings required.

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