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As the others have noted, you must first loosen the stem's steerer clamp bolts (not the handlebar bolts) and be sure the stem is free to turn on the steerer.
FSA instructions for the compression bolt recommend "tighten until the front wheel moves smoothly without play or wobble" but they don't specify a torque setting.
Cane Creek recommends a preload torque of 22 inch-pounds.
After the adjustment, center the stem and tighten the steerer clamp bolts frimly to lock everything in place.