Greasing lower steering stem bearing?

10 replies to this topic
  • Wrfrk

Posted 28 January 2010 - 05:51 PM


Just curious, how does a person grease that bearing without pulling it off the tube? I am going to repack the upper bearing and was wondering how to do the lower bearing?

Edited by Wrfrk, 28 January 2010 - 06:59 PM.

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  • Little Jeff

Posted 28 January 2010 - 06:50 PM


You must be talking about the steering stem bearings?
Little Jeff

  • Wrfrk

Posted 28 January 2010 - 06:59 PM


YEs ...

  • Mike in Fresno

Posted 28 January 2010 - 07:41 PM


you have to pull the whole thing off the bike to get to it, clean it good and re-grease. Or you can not clean it and just lower it a little and smear some in there with a finger.

  • fender bender 59

Posted 28 January 2010 - 08:22 PM


You'll need to remove... front wheel/ forks/ handle bars/ triple clamp (upper and lower)
now you can clean the (wd 40) top & bottom bearings. Put you grease (water proof)
in your hand. Use your palm to push the grease in between the bearing pins. The bottom bearing is a little harder but you can still push the grease in by using your fingers. Remember you can't use too much...

  • Wrfrk

Posted 28 January 2010 - 08:55 PM


Guess if I can get away with working it in while it's still on the stem then that's the route I will go. I just thought that might not be very effective, but that's the route I'll go.

  • llamaface

Posted 29 January 2010 - 06:04 PM


the route I go is as follows:

1. don't use a pressure washer, and be careful on the rare occasions when I use a hose.

2. Don't touch the steering stem bearings, ever.

In a western climate, my experience is that you have to really set out to screw those bearings up before they'll give you any problems. I've had bikes for many years, and 14,000 or more miles, and when the steering stem fell out because I didn't hold it when i was putting on a damper, the bearings still had nice clean grease in them.

Note that this advice doesn't work for japanese bikes. Apparently grease is more expensive than bluefin tuna in japan, so they treat it like streisand-loving homos treat vermouth in their martinis. Just wave the container nearby and call it good.

  • DoctorDover

Posted 29 January 2010 - 09:04 PM


the route I go is as follows:

so they treat it like streisand-loving homos treat vermouth in their martinis. Just wave the container nearby and call it good.


  • bdubbs033

Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:04 AM


So does the ktm come with enough grease from the factory. I'm about to purchase a 2010 250xc and I anticipated taking the bike apart to re-grease.

  • Gary jp4

Posted 04 February 2010 - 08:13 AM


Repack it and use BelRay water proof grease.

  • Mike in Fresno

Posted 04 February 2010 - 09:59 AM


all my bikes haver been good enuf til I put on a stabiizer or remove the forks for some reason


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