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sullivj
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by sullivj on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 6:27 am

Available for Euro 94. Looks like this..

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Re: Head Bearings

Post by sullivj on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 6:44 am

Perhaps this would work just as well...I have this job on my 'to do' list at some point.

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Re: Head Bearings

Post by sullivj on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 7:14 am

Or closer to Melitos's tool, one of these..

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Crash- Elmit
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by Crash- Elmit on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 7:16 am

I have no info on when, or if, the head bearings have been done on my bike.

There does not appear to be any notchyness in the steering or any back and forth movement, even under braking
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by Crash- Elmit on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 7:23 am

@sullivj wrote:Or closer to Melitos's tool, one of these..



that is the same type as the mechanics use to remove the wheel bearings and swing arm bearings, as they expand outwards to lodge against the bearing lip once through the dreaded spacers Honda put in.

To be honest, I don't see why they are needed. the bearings fit against a lip, so cannot be pushed in further than necessary
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by sullivj on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 7:24 am

Nor is there on mine, but for me, the bike's a 'keeper', so worth doing at some point.

I also have a steering wobble at 40mph, why MAY be due to the head bearing. I'd like to change them, just so I can rule them out.
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by Crash- Elmit on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 7:27 am

I don't have steering wobble, but my bike does tend to wander a bit on straight roads
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Melitos
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by Melitos on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 8:22 am

@sullivj wrote:Or closer to Melitos's tool, one of these..





Hi

I have doubt that this tool would work. The change in diameter needs to be steeper in order for the tool to bite on the lip. That's why I had fairly short split cuts on my home-made tool.

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Antti
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by sullivj on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 8:30 am

Good to know Antti - thanks. Some people have said the lip is almost non existent. Presume yours was at least visible? 1mm?
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by Melitos on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 8:52 am

Hi

In my case there was maybe 1mm lip but it was not accessible with straight drift. The inner diameter enlarges quite a lot and in a steep angle to facilitate the bearing race.
 
Here's an illustration of the problem


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Antti
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sullivj
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by sullivj on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 10:02 am

Thanks for the diagram. Makes me think that the Sealey tool I linked to above, might just get on to the lip.
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by Jameshambleton on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 3:11 pm

@sullivj wrote:Nor is there on mine, but for me, the bike's a 'keeper', so worth doing at some point.

I also have a steering wobble at 40mph, why MAY be due to the head bearing. I'd like to change them, just so I can rule them out.

If you run a bt45 front tyre you will get the wobble towards the end of its life. Mine has just on the edge of starting to wobble but I should be back on the s20's before it becomes an issue.
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by sullivj on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 3:17 pm

It's not the tyres. I changed those thinking it might be, and it still did it.
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Re: Head Bearings

Post by Melitos on Sun 05 Mar 2017, 7:01 pm

@sullivj wrote:Thanks for the diagram. Makes me think that the Sealey tool I linked to above, might just get on to the lip.

Hi

That might work. Possibly some grinding is needed to 'sharpen the claws' for a better grip to bearing race.

BR,
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