Steering Head Bearing Tools?


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Steering Head Bearing Tools?

Postby rjlv25 » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:03 pm



Does anyone know if any special tools are required to replace the steering head bearings? The Honda manual talks about some special sockets, wrenches, and race removers and a spring scale to adjust tension, but I'm guessing some of you have done this job without them.



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Re: Steering Head Bearing Tools?

Postby dingdong » Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:09 am

You have to have a special socket to remove the nut then to seat the bearings and re-torque the nut. All the tools can be self made though. Someone will chime in with info on this. As for the scale I use a fish scale for testing.
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Re: Steering Head Bearing Tools?

Postby rjlv25 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:00 pm

Thanks. I took the easy route and bought the socket off eBay. Now to find the time to work on it!

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Re: Steering Head Bearing Tools?

Postby rjlv25 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:58 pm

Got the new bearings in. Took the fork caps off to add oil and now I can't get them back on cause I'm not strong enough to compress the spring and get the threads started. Any ideas? The forks are back in the bike.

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Re: Steering Head Bearing Tools?

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:21 pm

I bought the Honda tool to do this, it worked amazingly well:

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See it in use: How to rebuild your front forks

For the steering bearings, I made my own socket:

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See: How to repack and tighten your steering bearings

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Re: Steering Head Bearing Tools?

Postby rjlv25 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:29 pm

I ended up using a 1/2 drive speeder handle and a board across my chest standing on the pegs. Primitive, but it worked.

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Re: Steering Head Bearing Tools?

Postby Mooseman » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:43 pm

That's the way I do it also except I add a 12 inch extension. Then have a helper grab and push down and I weigh 250..... But when I changed to the progressive springs. Piece of cake.


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