Which steering head race goes on Top

Stupid question,

But an all balls kit, doesn't have part #s designated for top and bottom race and I thought I would check which one goes on top. Thick or thin.

There is about a .004 difference in the 2 pairs of races/bearings.

Thanks

The upper bearing should be an exact slip fit on the stem, with no discernible clearance to speak of. The lower needs to be a press fit.

I dont remember there being a difference but your supposed to keep the bearings and races as a pair. In other words dont mix up the races. I went through the same dilemma but I cant remember anymore.

Stupid question,

But an all balls kit, doesn't have part #s designated for top and bottom race and I thought I would check which one goes on top. Thick or thin.

There is about a .004 difference in the 2 pairs of races/bearings.

Thanks

I just put a set in mine not long ago and I'm pretty certain the thicker race was for the top bearing that went in at the top.

Yes,

The thicker race does go on top, but the difference between the 2 oem races is only about .002. The all balls kit has a .004 difference. I'm not sure what to think about that, but it all went back together nicely.

BTW, I can't believe how wet it was inside the steering stem. I haven't washed the bike in months. That top seal sucks balls. This time I used Marine grease and will hope for the best. I think what did it in was storing it for the season and not disassembling everything before that. I was in good shape during the first year and a half. I serviced everything new and again at 10, and 20 hours and it looked fine. At another 13 and its was toast. I guess I'll be shortening that interval a bit.

I would recommend Pivot Works or OEM as it has the new "extra seal" incorporated in the top bearing. I still get some water in from time to time but it has cut down bearing replacement to once a year instead of once a quarter! =)

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