Steering stem bearings

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  • tunaeater

Posted January 20, 2008 - 12:57 AM


I'm looking to replace my stem bearings. I would like to know who has expeience with the different brands and how they work for you. My choices would be All Balls, Pivot Works or with the stock OEM bearings. Also what is the best grease for the bearings?



  • Descalzo

Posted January 20, 2008 - 03:21 AM


I used All Balls when I swapped out my clamps & I've no complaint so far.

Did think the stk Honda seal for the steering tube was much better quality than the one that came with the bearings though - but so far it's worked fine as well.

  • pwrpapa

Posted January 20, 2008 - 06:34 AM


I use bel-ray water proof grease for all my bearing an have had great luck with it.

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  • creeky

Posted January 20, 2008 - 08:22 AM


I get my bearings from the local NAPA store, brands vary. I install a grease zerk in the stem and use Pennzoil waterproof grease made for boat trailers.

  • cleonard

Posted January 20, 2008 - 08:44 AM


I get my bearings from the local NAPA store, brands vary. I install a grease zerk in the stem and use Pennzoil waterproof grease made for boat trailers.

+1 on that. It is a lot less expensive to get bearings this way. I have never had quality issues even when going with Chinese sourced ones. One problem is that many steering head bearings are not standard sizes and are not normally available. In that case it's OEM, All Balls, or Pivot Works.

I'm sure that a waterproof grease should be the best. However, just about anything will work just fine. I'm in Southern California and I don't see a lot of water. I use the same grease that I use on my cars and trucks.

  • sploogemonkey

Posted January 20, 2008 - 06:09 PM


A repeat of what creeky and cleonard have already said.

I'm pretty sure that all bearings have their dimensions stamped on them already, so any good auto parts store (not autozone types) or a bearing warehouse should be able to set you up for much less than OEM would cost. I've done this before and never had an issue with quality.

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