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I have a 2002 998 and the steering seems to not be pefectly lined up when going straight. When I take the pressure off the bars it tracks straight as a arrow. Also when I bought the bike the back tire has been burnt down so there is a large flat spot so I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it. Also the steering seems heavy while going slow and it wants to fall into a turn one way but the other seems like it wants to fight you. if anyone has some ideas on what is going on or if this is normal please comment.
 

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If you don’t follow the proper installation sequence for the front wheel, you can incorrectly align the front axle in the forks which will cause handling oddities.

The common mistake is to just tighten everything up after inserting the axle. Instead, you need to first hold the axle by torquing (19Nm) the two axle clamp bolts on the RIGHT fork to hold the axle so that you can then torque (63Nm) the 28mm axle nut.

Then, you should torque the two axle clamp bolts on the LEFT fork. The axle is now securely fastened to the left fork

Now, you need to loosen the two RIGHT side clamp bolts.

Take the bike off the paddock stand, and bounce the suspension up and down till you are sure that the right side fork has moved to the proper (neutral) position along the axle. (It makes it easier to compress the suspension if you hold the front brake on when rocking the bike forward.)

Once this is done, re-torque the two RIGHT fork clamp bolts and you’re done.
 

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Ok I will try that when I get my tire changed here in the next month or so.. Also If press down in the forks I can hear a clunk clunk sound, I've tried doing this with the front brakes off as well. Is this also a normal sound from all the interanl workings.
 

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The Showa forks do clunk. Irritating but ignore it.

Change the tires and it'll steer a lot better.
If you want it to turn in faster raise the forks one line in the triple clamp. 5mm. If you want it still faster raise the rear suspension a bit. You might be tempted to rotate the head stock eccentric for the steeper angle. This indeed works but several that have tried it stated it was too steep giving a twitchy characteristic for street use.
 
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