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head bearings how easy to do

PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:11 pm
by zzr11gaz
as my bike has got the shakes when slowing down from 50 to 40 i am thinking about changing the head bearings , is it fairly easy to do . is it a matter of wheel out forks out handel bars off . then undo top yoke and it should come apart .or is it a pig to do also has anybody done it and what replacment bearings did they use . any help thanks . garry

Re: head bearings how easy to do

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:10 pm
by tarmac tyrant
i work in a truck garage which has a big crane for lifting trucks and trailers,so ijust put a sling around the frame and lifted it up off the steering stem enough on my bike to change them,ive done them for my friends on two different bikes at home and just as you say.wheel off,yolk up.calipers off etc.
now thats assuming thats the problem man,and its not warped discs? not telling you your business man or anything but would be an idea to lift the bikes front end and rock the steering back and forth to see if theyre goosed for sure?

when i was doing them i priced the bearings in a bike shop,then priced them in a bearing shop,which were much cheaper

Re: head bearings how easy to do

PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:12 pm
by tarmac tyrant
also if they are fk'ed,the bottom bearing can be a bit tight to come off,be careful with bottom grease seal,ie you cant really heat it,i just got a grinder and cut the bearing cage and then tapped it off with a small chisel.bearing races in the frame are tap out and in job,handy