steering head bearing


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steering head bearing

Postby twostrokes48 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:28 pm



Anyone have any idea how long it should take to replace the steering head bearings on a 98 aspy?
or maybe just adjusting....
My needs adjusting and/or replacing....can't find a dealer here in town that will do the job...Bike over 10 years old, or other excuses..sheeesh. My mechanic is not available right now and I am in the process of going over the bike before leaving on a trip from texas to Canada, then a zig zag path back to catch a few extra states ...Plan to leave on the 15th...worried about how many things I can break if I try to do the job myself....a mechanic I am not....havn't done my own work on bikes in 20 years..and I hate messing with plastic...I tend to break things..
Better yet, anyone within a days drive from SA that wants to do and is fully capable of doing the job for a reasonable fee??



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Re: steering head bearing

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:59 pm

It's really not that big a job. The biggest part is taking stuff apart to GET to the bearing.

I was about to post a link to the writeup that I did when I did mine....and realized that I hadn't done a writeup! I took all the pictures, put them in my "to do" folder - and forgot about them!

I'll take some time tomorrow morning and do the write-up for it. Look for it to appear in the GL1500 DIY section tomorrow morning sometime.

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Re: steering head bearing

Postby twostrokes48 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:11 am

That would be great. I did look at the "how to" on the Steve Saunders forum....For me who does very little work on things anymore, it still looks like a lot of things I could break, or lose, or screw up one way or the other. Also noted, I had to make a special tool which didn't sound like too much fun.

But since no dealer will agree to do it, I don't have much choice right now.
tks again.

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Re: steering head bearing

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:38 pm

OK, here it is: How to repack and tighten your steering head bearings

It's really not as hard as it looks - and yes, you do have to make a "special tool" - but I covered that as well, and you only have to make it once. :)

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Re: steering head bearing

Postby twostrokes48 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:18 pm

Thanks again for the write up...I did go beg my old friend Gene who is 90% retired from his MC repair shop and he agreed to git it all done. I ran into more problems this morning, I couldn't even get anyone to replace my rear tire because I have the Landing Gear system installed back there. They didn't like the training wheels. After driving 40 miles to the dealer they then refused to do anything. So I drove home with the two new tires still tied to the bike.

I started easy, just ask him to mount the tires. He now has an employee so he is not doing a lot of the work. He agreed, then I told him about the looseness in the front end, then told him I was leaving for Canada and would worry about the bike because I couldn't get anyone to readjust and or replace the steering head bearings. He took the hook and agreed to make sure the front end was good to go whatever he had to do. I did mention that I had a nice new set in the trunk "if needed". So hopefully all will be taken care of.
Since I now know that finding someone to work on my wing is getting more and more difficult, I may have to start doing some things myself again. Plus, letting myself start trusting my 30 yr old son to work on it. He works on his own bikes. Can't afford to get one new enough for the dealers to accept.
It will now always be a worry in the back of my mind when traveling if I need repair. I ask the guy why honda builds a bike that will last for 40 years and quit servicing them when only 10 yrs old. He had no answer except "sorry" it's the owners policy....

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Re: steering head bearing

Postby WA9FWT » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:22 pm

twostrokes48 wrote:Thanks again for the write up...I did go beg my old friend Gene who is 90% retired from his MC repair shop and he agreed to git it all done. I ran into more problems this morning, I couldn't even get anyone to replace my rear tire because I have the Landing Gear system installed back there. They didn't like the training wheels. After driving 40 miles to the dealer they then refused to do anything. So I drove home with the two new tires still tied to the bike.

I started easy, just ask him to mount the tires. He now has an employee so he is not doing a lot of the work. He agreed, then I told him about the looseness in the front end, then told him I was leaving for Canada and would worry about the bike because I couldn't get anyone to readjust and or replace the steering head bearings. He took the hook and agreed to make sure the front end was good to go whatever he had to do. I did mention that I had a nice new set in the trunk "if needed". So hopefully all will be taken care of.
Since I now know that finding someone to work on my wing is getting more and more difficult, I may have to start doing some things myself again. Plus, letting myself start trusting my 30 yr old son to work on it. He works on his own bikes. Can't afford to get one new enough for the dealers to accept.
It will now always be a worry in the back of my mind when traveling if I need repair. I ask the guy why honda builds a bike that will last for 40 years and quit servicing them when only 10 yrs old. He had no answer except "sorry" it's the owners policy....


I wonder what they would have said if you purchased the tires from them.It just makes me sick to hear that they can't work on a older bike. I here and see this all the time....And they call them selves mechanics. Can't be it's too complicated....newer bikes are getting harder all the time to service.

Hope you get it all serviced and that you have a safe trip!

WA9FWT Phil

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84 GL1200 Aspy-SOLD
75 GL1000(stolen 87)
88 GW trike (totaled)
1972 750k2

Re: steering head bearing

Postby twostrokes48 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:06 pm

My friend Gene will git it done...I have known him for over 30+ years as a mechanic on bikes....So it should be ready for the trip to Canada leaving sunday..




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