Remove center adjusting bolt and cap. Inspect steering column length.
Steering column should be recessed inside of stem. Lubricate adjusting
bolt and re-install cap and bolt by hand only. Do not over-tighten!
Loosen stem bolt(s) that secure stem to the steering column. Lubricate
these bolts if they are dry. NOTE: DO NOT LUBRICATE INSIDE STEM/STEERING
COLUMN SURFACE. Wiggle the stem side to side to see that it is loose.
If the stem is jammed or frozen to the steering column, no adjustment
can be made.
Align stem straight, and gently secure the top bolt. Stop just when you
feel the cap bump the stem. Secure stem bolts.Check for play by pulling
back and forth on fork. A knocking sensation is called play. Turn the
handlebars in different directions while checking for play. There should
be play at this early setting. Use care with suspension forks, because
the legs may have play. Grab upper portion of fork.
LOOSEN STEM BOLT(S). Turn adjusting bolt in center cap only 1/8th turn
clockwise. Secure stem bolts, check for play again. Repeat until play
disappears. Remember to loosen stem bolts before turning adjusting bolt.
Align stem and secure stem bolts fully. Do not over tighten stem bolts.
Consult your bike shop for proper torque. Here are some broad guidelines:
If you have 2 stem bolts, secure to 70 inch pounds each. If you have one
bolt, secure to 120 inch pounds.