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DRZ 400 Steering Head Bearings
« on: October 01, 2009, 01:35:21 pm »
So mine are buggered, not very bad yet, but a pain in the arse when doing slow manuevres or filtering...

Just spoke to Suzuki, almost R500 each, and I need 2!!!

This seems a bit ridiculous :eek:

Or is that what these things cost?

I know the Dakars are infamous for chowing these bearings, what do you guys pay for them?

Is there another alternative?

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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2009, 01:41:14 pm »
How do you know when they're done?
 

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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2009, 01:48:45 pm »
Handlebars dont turn as easily as it should.

The bearing gets "notches" in it and it takes a bit of effort to turn the handlebar through these notches...

Therefore, little inputs to the handlebars dont make the bike respond as expected, which means you dont end up going where you want to... Or you end up turning too sharp when you try and compensate for the binding of the bearing...

And this is on tar... Its much worse off road. Did an off road trip last w-end and didnt enjoy the dirt corners at all...
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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2009, 01:51:20 pm »
Thanks. Had to ask cos mine seems okay but the last to days when I get on the bike for 1st time in the morning and with the very first movement on the steer it feeld like its slightly stuck.

Will just keep an eye for now.
 

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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2009, 02:04:34 pm »


I know the Dakars are infamous for chowing these bearings, what do you guys pay for them?


Will be watching this thread, as my normal 650GS's is also on the way out.

Runner/AMX - how much moola are talking about for a DRZ and a GS?

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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2009, 02:14:00 pm »
the bmw bearings you can get both from bearing man for under R500 for both

should be able to get it cheaper if you shop around

 

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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2009, 02:16:24 pm »
Aaaahhhh, thats the shit that Im looking for...

But what about the "races"? Is that all part of the bearing? Or is that a seperate part?
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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2009, 02:19:28 pm »
Aaaahhhh, thats the shit that Im looking for...

But what about the "races"? Is that all part of the bearing? Or is that a seperate part?
plz lemme know when you get sorted, I wanna keep some spares around for mine
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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2009, 02:23:49 pm »
for the bmw f650gs you can get a full set for $39 on ebay

which is about R300 - without shipping
 

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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2009, 02:26:21 pm »
So is the "race" the ring-part that the actual rollers run on?
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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2009, 02:26:38 pm »
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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2009, 02:28:03 pm »
Take a sample to your local bearing shop, I would however stay away from the cheap Chinese brands as they donít last nearly as long as a good SKF type bearing. I learned the hard way .
The bottom one is a bitch to get off , cut it off with a dremmel tool
 

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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2009, 02:29:35 pm »
DRZ400 bearings

What a fucking rip-off!!!

I see tha the bearings for the DRZ are 30x52x16 bearings...

Is this a standard bearing?
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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2009, 02:33:28 pm »
DRZ400 bearings

What a fucking rip-off!!!

I see tha the bearings for the DRZ are 30x52x16 bearings...

Is this a standard bearing?

$25 and world wide shipping $9

make a group buy for western cape dogs and buy a bunch - will work out much cheaper  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2009, 02:47:34 pm »
OK, now this is fucked up!!!

Just spoke to Bearing Man and another bearing company...

They dont do that size, 30x52x16 taper roller bearing...

But here's the clincher... The closest size they have is 30x55x16 (bigger, FFS!!!!) for a staggering.... wait for it.... R70!!!!!

WTF!!!!!  >:(

So who is in for a group buy on Ebay?  :xxbah:
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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2009, 03:02:37 pm »
Steel die bearings uit hylton se bike...dis nie asof hy die bike ry nie :pot:
 

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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2009, 03:05:00 pm »
Bus praat met Lecap of kyk op Vstrom threat bladsy 57 en 58 waar die probleem aangespreek word
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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2009, 03:14:19 pm »
Steel die bearings uit hylton se bike...dis nie asof hy die bike ry nie :pot:

S'true...

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Dankie Gina, sal maar met die guru moet vergader...  :thumleft:
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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2009, 08:49:35 pm »
Canoe het mos nie bearings noodig nie of hoe?

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Re: Steering Head Bearings
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2009, 11:36:44 pm »
My Dakkie is also due some new neck bearings. I would like to buy them and do it myself tomorrow (before going to atlantis on Saturday). Is this reasonable i.e would I be able to do it, or would I need special tools. At Cecil Penny Racing in Gardens in CT I can get them fitted for 500 odd but only in 2 weeks :(

If anyone has attemped to do this yourself please let me know. Thanks honde.