replacing steering stem bearings, any tips?
Posted February 19, 2004 - 05:00 PM
Posted February 19, 2004 - 07:21 PM
Always check, and re-adjust if required after your first ride. The cups sometimes take a bit of time to settle in. It's a good habbit to check the head play on a regular basis. Lack of adjustment and grease are what kills steering head bearings.
my 2 cents worth,
Posted February 20, 2004 - 09:06 PM
Posted February 20, 2004 - 10:10 PM
1) put the new cup in the freezer for a few hours. Helps shrink it a tiny bit to make the installation process a bit easier.
2)Lightly linish or grind the outer surface of the OLD cup and use it to drive the new cup into place. You can either use a big hammer or make a puller using some threaded rod and large washers.
If you don't have a new lower seal, there is a way to save the old one. If you cut the outer cage of the bottom bearing and let all the rollers fall out. Then you can CAREFULLY grind almost all the way through the bearing inner and the bearing will then just tap off with the seal in tact
Never tried the towball method, but it sounds like it'd work too
Posted February 21, 2004 - 06:18 PM