I finally changed the steering bushings tonight after 7 years, and frankly expected some really smooth steering when finished. The steering was OK before, but I figured after all this time and many thousands of mikles new bushings and a grease job would be a good thing. The most difficult part I had, was getting the axle, which I had cleaned and greased with lithium grease to go back in place with the new bushings. I figured it was easily slide in, but it took much coaxing and twisting to get it into the first bushing on the bottom , and then a struggle all the way in thru the top bushing.
Now I know how to set up the steering and handlebar adjustment, but even before I put the handlebars on, I noticed that the steering was very stiff, like the bushings were too tight. I got everything back together, and adjusted, and the result is steering is much stiffer than it was before. I am hoping that these bushings wear in, and it loosens. Has anyone else had a similar experience after they replaced the bushings?