-Carefully check over the frame for breaks or cracks that are visible – pay close attention to the motor mounts and the areas of the tubing right next to them and check the steering stem to make sure there is no damage there that might have been caused by an accident

-Check to see that the swingarm bolt is tightened and there is NO side-side movement of the swingarm  - if the swingarm does not have a grease fitting – it is a good idea to install one

-Check the movement of the handlebars/front end – turn the handlebars slowly from stop to stop to feel for any “roughness” – if there is, the ball bearings and/or bearing races may be damaged and should be replaced. There are “all balls” bearings that can be used.

-Check the hydraulic steering damper mounts closely – these can crack and fail

-Check the functioning of the steering damper – it should slide easily and restrict the front fork movement properly when tightened

-When placing the engine in the frame – it should fit “tightly” in the mounts – if not, engine shims may be needed, you should NOT be bending any motor mounts to get the engine to be tight in the frame. If the engine mount holes are enlarged, they should be welded up/repaired

-If the frame has been powder-coated or repainted – it is a good idea to make sure any electrical “grounding” points are cleaned down to bare metal  

-If you have a rubber-mounted engine, make sure the additional engine ground strap is installed

-When engine is installed, check to make sure all mounting bolts are tightened