Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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ok, well my mates bike has the same problem and i fixed it like this:
remove stem completely by undoing and removing the bolts in the pic i supplied earlier, and take the fork out by GENTLY tapping with a rubber mallet and shaking it out.
then clean out all dirt or anything, and put the forks, the stem, etc back on the bike.
VITALLY IMPORTANT to tighten the bolt at the RED arrow FIRST and then the 2 bolts at the blue arrows.
your friend might have damaged the headset while he still owned the bike, so chack the bearings aren't flattened or crushed when the fork is out.