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Steering Stem Replacement

So you rolled it huh? Bent the stem? Or does it turn significantly more to one direction than the other?

Mine did all of that, so I put a new stem in it tonight.

Time: 2 hours.
Needle Nose Pliers
5mm Alan wrench
14mm open end wrench
8mm socket
10mm socket
14mm socket (deep)
19mm socket
3/8 Drive Ratchet

I took quite a few pics of how I did this... its really pretty easy, there is just alot that you have to take off to get to actually pulling the stem out - but its not too bad at all. Here we go, i'll explain each picture.

This is how we start. You'll need the 5mm Alan Wrench to take the 6 alan head screws out of the red piece of plastic.

Once that is off, pull the plastic piece behind the light off.

There are 2 10mm Bolts on each side of the headlight that you need to remove to take the headlight out. Once those bolts are removed, the headlight has to slide up or down to come out. Make sure you unplug it as well.
You will also want to take the plastic grill off. Just pull the 4 - 10mm bolts out of it and it slides right out.

These next few pics are what you need to look for if your steering stem is indeed bent. It will ripple up like this.

Use the 8mm socket to undo the brake line from the steering stem clamp. then remove the wires out of the wire catches. Take the handle bars off by undoing the four bolts on top with a 10mm socket for the clamps.

My Quad was on an ATV jack so it made this easy, but once you get under it, this is what you'll see. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to pull the cotter pins out. Once all the pins are out, start by removing the inside ball joints. They are a 14mm on the bottom and you'll need a 14mm wrench on the top of them so they don't spin. Then the larger center nut is a 19mm, loose and remove the nut.

Back up on top is the clamp that has 2 - 12mm bolts holding the stem in place. Remove these two bolts and fish the stem out. You might need to give the stem a tap on the bottom with a hammer to get it going.

Once the stem was out, I just kinda looked it over, sorry for the blurry pictures. The rubber piece will need to be saved and used on the new stem. I made sure I put A LOT of wheel bearing grease on the top part of the new stem and the bottom part where it goes into the frame.

Reverse this procedure for installation of the new stem. I tightened up the large nut at the bottom before I put the clamp on at the top of the stem.

I remounted my dash under the red piece as you can see because I plan to get some new handle bars and the dash would fit on them. I personally like how this looks as well. Now if the key and reverse lever could be moved up there as well!

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