06 owners check those Steering bearings..at every 6hrs

5 replies to this topic
  • Ga426owner

Posted May 20, 2006 - 02:33 PM


Guys just to reiderate what Wyatt - I believe, let us know last week or so...I noticed my steering was binding slightly after the bike sat for a while. I have 6hrs on mine right now - I disassembled and greased when brand new. At 6hrs the top bearing and bottom is getting a lot of water in it - more than normal for any 450/426/400 I have had. I do not pressure wash either - very alarming that the top bearing has rust as well as the top raace at 6hrs. I cleaned, scrubbed and repacked / regreased top and bottom again....I am a steering bearing abuser user by nature but this is ridiculous....there has to be a better sealing thingy to seal out the water.....

  • Wyatt

Posted May 20, 2006 - 05:13 PM


My problem exactly!!

  • kid on a 426

Posted May 20, 2006 - 05:27 PM


Try maybe putting something like lizard skin on it(The foam stuff not actual lizard skin). They make them for headsets and a bunch of bearing areas on bikes so maybe you could possibly modify one to work on the dirtbike or maybe modify some seal savers.

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  • Lizard 1

Posted May 21, 2006 - 06:00 AM


Hopefully, when you picked the bike up from the dealership, you also took apart the steering head assembly and re-greased everything. That alone will go a long ways in keeping the bearings happy. I pull mine apart every 5 hours to check, but I did the initial re-greasing of the entire bike when I picked it up new...

  • Birdy426

Posted May 21, 2006 - 11:00 AM


Are you using marine grease?

  • Ga426owner

Posted May 22, 2006 - 04:24 AM


Are you using marine grease?

Belray waterproof grease -

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