Tapered Stearing head bearings


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Tapered Stearing head bearings

Postby skiier0515@aol.com » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:45 am



I installed tapered stearing head bearings in my '06. The slight wiggle that I used to have at slower speeds has dissappeared, and I am expecting the "cupping" of the front tire to vanish as well. This is the 3rd set (in different bikes) that have been installed and the other two are reporting longer front tire wear. It is well worth the $36 investment in the bearings!

Jim



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Re: Tapered Stearing head bearings

Postby Calvyn » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:06 am

Hi Jim,

What is the brand of the bearing?

Thanks,

Calvyn Teo

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Re: Tapered Stearing head bearings

Postby skiier0515@aol.com » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:24 am

Calvyn,

I ordered them from WingStuff.com website...All Balls Goldwing Steering head bearings.

http://wingstuff.com/products/21578-all ... m_search=1

Jim

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Re: Tapered Stearing head bearings

Postby thrasherg » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:33 am

I'm sure someone will tell you, you are just masking the problem not fixing it. Roller bearings have more striction than ball bearings, so there is now more friction/stiction in the steering and that is dampening the wobble and preventing it from occurring. As the new taper bearings wear the wobble might come back. I personally doubt you can notice the difference in Stiction (there is so much stuff hanging of a Golding handlebars) but it's great to not have the wobble. I have the full traxxion suspension package and still experience the wobble on deceleration, so might try changing the head bearings.. Congrats on the fix.

Gary

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Re: Tapered Stearing head bearings

Postby skiier0515@aol.com » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:42 pm

Gary,

I'll concede (sort of) to stiction and friction discussion but disagree the problem is masked. If flat bearings were the end-all of these kinds of bearings, we'd see them in wheel bearings on cars, but we don't. We use tapered bearings that are designed for compression applications.

If the bearings are torgued properly, like on our car wheel bearings, they spin freely and we don't see "wobble" occurr in those bearings until they are just plain worn out. If these bearings are over torqued, we definately see stiction and friction.

The other bike(s) that have these bearings, both front tires went to ~17,000 miles with no cupping. Again an indicator the problem isn't masked, but under control.

The bike that has the most miles on these bearings just turned over 80,000 miles (2005 GW).

Thanks for your feedback!

Jim




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