Help!. Steering head bearings
masonjs at nrtco.net
Mon Aug 20 06:36:42 PDT 2007
When I did mine a few years back, I drifted one bearing out of the steering
head using a piece of 1/2" brass rod for a punch. I took the triple tree to
a local garage. They just put it in a vice and beat it off with a punch and
hammer--pretty crude but effective. They didn't charge me for this so I
went and brought a round of coffee for the 5 guys in the shop. I cleaned up
the triple tree, sanded it down with scotch bright then lubed it a bit to
slide on the new bearing. To replace the bearing in the steering head place
a flat block of wood and tap it in with a hammer or if you have a socket
large enough to fit on the outer race you can place it on the bearing outer
race only and tap it in with a hammer. Be sure to pack the bearings well
with a good grade of grease. I used Mercury Quick Silver marine grease just
because I had some.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Landry" <p_landry at telus.net>
To: "Kawasaki GPZ1100 Discussion (Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion)"
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Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2007 4:43 PM
Subject: Help!. Steering head bearings
> Working on the GPz and I might be getting in over my head!.
> History, fork seal in the left fork started leaking 2 weeks ago. Made
> arrangements with the local dealer to do the internal work on the forks to
> replace the seals etc. as I don't have the required tools and knowledge to
> really do this.
> Friday I went to reinstall the refreshed forks and checked the steering
> bearings (did this with the weight of the forks on the bike before
> disassembly and all seemed Ok) with the weight of the forks removed I
> the movement to be rough and notchy. Damn!..
> Took the triple clamp and steering head apart to inspect the bearings and
> found water damage (water still in the head). The evidence of rust and
> corrosion on both the bearings, races and cages. Cleaned out the old
> and inspected, does not look too bad but running your fingernail on the
> bearing surfaces and on the races reveals the extent of the damage.
> These need to be replaced..
> Now my problem.. The front of the bike is totally disassembled. To get
> to the dealership requires I largely rebuild it so I can transport to them
> to have it taken apart again!.. @ $85/hr and 1+ weeks wait for shop time
> would rather avoid this!.
> I feel comfortable doing the work myself but do not have the specialty
> to remove the bearing, races and then install the new ones. The manual
> shows bearing puller, wrench, tool for installing the new races, and one
> installing the new bearing on the steering stem.
> I know others on the list have done this on their bikes and am looking for
> the tips, tricks, alternate tools that I can use to do this.
> Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated. I am running out of
> summer and have not gotten in nearly enough riding yet this year!..
> Paul W. Landry
> P_Landry at telus.net
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