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noise when turning handlebar...

The bike is jacked up, I notice a funky noise when I turn the handles left and right, like a grinding almost... Is that somewhat normal cause of the weight on it when it's jacked up or something? Anything I should look for? sounds like it's coming from where the steering column (or whatever) is connected to the frame/bike...
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The bike is jacked up, I notice a funky noise when I turn the handles left and right, like a grinding almost... Is that somewhat normal cause of the weight on it when it's jacked up or something? Anything I should look for? sounds like it's coming from where the steering column (or whatever) is connected to the frame/bike...
Not normal, check the bearings and races inside the "steering column". Lube and tighten at least, replace if any wear. here is how to , Steering Stem Nut Adjustment

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Thanks, that great !
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I you are getting a grinding noise, its too late to tighten the steering. The bearings are beyond adjustment.

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Its hard to tell if it's coming from the actual steering column, or rubbing against some cables... need to do more deep dive into it.
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I wish I had taken a picture of the rusty crap that came out of the steering head of my Voyager. Like something out of a 30 year old bicycle. A tapered bearing set to replace it is only 20 bucks but the labor will kill you if you don't do it yourself.

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I'd do it myself, doesn't seem to be too many pieces in there. Still, I'm not sure yet if it's an issue with the column or not, it's really hard to tell, think I need to pull a few more pieces off the front end.
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