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TOPIC: Steering bears balls taperbearing conversion?

Steering bears balls taperbearing conversion? 11 Jan 2019 17:53 #1

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Has anybody converted the steering bearings from ball and race to the taper style in cage? Worthwhile?

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Steering bears balls taperbearing conversion? 11 Jan 2019 21:43 #2

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Yes to both questions.

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Steering bears balls taperbearing conversion? 11 Jan 2019 21:58 #3

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As above, yes and yes.....
Anyone else think the title of this thread is funny in an Austin Powers kinda way?
Typo or on purpose I like it!

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Steering bears balls taperbearing conversion? 11 Jan 2019 23:11 #4

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I tried to correct the title, but seems I am not authorized. I will be careful next time.

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Steering bears balls taperbearing conversion? 12 Jan 2019 00:15 #5

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Von wrote: I tried to correct the title, but seems I am not authorized. I will be careful next time.


HEHE, bear balls......... I used All Balls
Yes to both

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Steering bears balls taperbearing conversion? 12 Jan 2019 06:01 #6

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I've done it to 6 or 7 bikes. Really I dont think it does much unless you either -
A. Are experiencing binding, rough or loose steering
Or
B. Took the steering head apart and lost a few of the balls.
I've replaced for both reasons on some bikes as well as "just because" on a much faster street bike (73 kawasaki h2). In my opinion, if it feels fine at highway speeds, there's no reason to replace it. But that's never stopped me before!

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Steering bears balls taperbearing conversion? 13 Jan 2019 00:16 #7

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Yes. They are much easier to fit compared to a number of loose ball bearings and some grease .

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Steering bears balls taperbearing conversion? 13 Jan 2019 01:21 #8

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Von wrote: Has anybody converted the steering bearings from ball and race to the taper style in cage? Worthwhile?


Von

Just do a little more research first on the specific model that you want to fit them to.

I'm pretty sure that I read on this forum that 1 or 2 members were unable to fit the upper and lower races with the tapered bearings and ended up using the standard set up for 1 race and tapered for the other. Also, on my 1972 Suzuki GT550J the races couldn't be fitted without first grinding away some of the steering column (I found this out from an online supplier's website after I had bought them).
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