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Hey I have a 03 honda trx250ex and im having a slight prob with the stearing. Whenever turn fully eather way it feels like the handle bars are lose. But I looked at everything I could think to look at and everythings thight. So if anyone knows whats wrong with it I would like to hear from you.
 

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Try looking at the bottom steering shaft bearing, ball joints, and inner and outer tie rod ends.
 

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Does the actual stem move/wobble when it is turned? There is a steering stem bushing that is a few inches below where your bars clamp on.
 

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The outer tie rods are lose, but the bearings are good/ And yes the stem moves around a little bit.
You will need to replace the tie rod ends pretty soon then. I don't know about the bushing but the tie rods will cause some play in the steering.
 

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Thats what i was thinking it was but i was not sure so i did not want to go buying new parts yet but now i will start looking for my parts, Thank you.
 

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The tie rod ends should have nothing to do with the stem moving. Follow the whole stem down. About 4" from the top there is a bracket that crosses the stem. This bracket bolts directly to the frame. Wrapped around the stem between the frame and that bracket there is a rubber bushing. That is really the only thing that could cause your stem to move if the bearing at the bottom is still good.
 

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No problem. Thats what were here for.
 

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The tie rod ends should have nothing to do with the stem moving. Follow the whole stem down. About 4" from the top there is a bracket that crosses the stem. This bracket bolts directly to the frame. Wrapped around the stem between the frame and that bracket there is a rubber bushing. That is really the only thing that could cause your stem to move if the bearing at the bottom is still good.
No but it makes it (feel) like the steering is loose when it is actually the tires wobbling around. It made my handle bars feel kinda loose when turning.
 

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The tie rod ends should have nothing to do with the stem moving. Follow the whole stem down. About 4" from the top there is a bracket that crosses the stem. This bracket bolts directly to the frame. Wrapped around the stem between the frame and that bracket there is a rubber bushing. That is really the only thing that could cause your stem to move if the bearing at the bottom is still good.
Your right the rubber bushing is pretty worn down ill get a new one and let you know if it works. Thanks
 

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No problem, The tie rods you will notice that you can wiggle the handle bars back and forth without the wheels responding. If there is any play in the stem itself it must be that bushing or the bearings at the bottom.

Let us know how it works, last time I checked the bushing was only like 7 bucks...
 

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Check the bearing at the bottom of the steering shaft and the bushing at the top. Both will cause the steering shaft to be loose and feel like the handlebars are loose.
 
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