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DIY Steering stem nut Tool

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Like many of you, I'm unwilling to pay the outrageous price that Suzuki wants for the Steering stem nut socket ($169 Cdn), so I decided to try and make my own.

I've seen some people use a grinder on a 1-1/4" deep socket, which was my original intention, however I couldn't find a deep socket for little $.

I then also saw Motophoria here on SVRIDER use some galvanized steel plumbing parts with some steel rod.

I managed to get my hands on a steering stem nut that I could use as a template...

So here's my take on the idea for less than $8US in parts...

I went into the plumbing section of my local hardware store, and grabbed:

- 1-1/4" threaded 4" galvanized steel pipe
- 1-1/4" to 1" galvanized steel reducer
- 1" galvanized steel threaded cap

Using a marker, I marked out the areas that had to be cut out using a locknut as a template. I also used a visual aid to show how much depth I needed to grind away.

I then grabbed some proper eyewear...

I placed the pipe in a vise, and using a grinder I ground away...

I used a file to clean up the edges and properly fit the nut

Once I knew I was as close as I'd get, I screwed the 3 pieces together using some steel epoxy. It's still drying, so I have yet to use it. I'm pretty sure it'll work just fine...

Oh yeah, the top cap can be used with an open end wrench, or a socket (I think 21mm or 22mm)

It's not as pretty as the Suzuki tool, but it will get the job done without mutilating the soft-as-butter aluminum locknut by using a hammer and a screwdriver.
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Good idea

Might have been better to get the next longer one & just cut the threaded area off completely first though.
Here's another great use for conduit which goes along with another part of the process, when you need to swap out the bearings
Note: you should really never mix & match the races from the donor forks with that in the head of the recipient bike.

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