Changing steering head bearings


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Changing steering head bearings

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I'm changing my steering head bearings 1995 1500 Aspencade

There was no top washer/ grease seal when I removed the stem nut, but there was one in the bearing kit, do I fit it or leave it out.

Thanks
Alex


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Re: Changing steering head bearings

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agedbikeman wrote: Mon Jan 30, 2023 3:38 pm I'm changing my steering head bearings 1995 1500 Aspencade

There was no top washer/ grease seal when I removed the stem nut, but there was one in the bearing kit, do I fit it or leave it out.

Thanks
Alex
Looking at the How to repack and tighten your steering head bearings you might notice step 39:

39. Pull the bearing seal up off the upper stem bearing. **Note: This is shown on a 2000 GL1500SE. Some earlier versions of the GL1500 do not have this seal - so don't panic if yours is missing!

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If you have a seal in your kit, I would go ahead and use it.
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Re: Changing steering head bearings

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Thanks, I have used it now.

Finally got bearing cups in place, lower one would not go in staight, so I took it out again and found a tiny crumb of swarf under it, after that in went in straight.

Don't know how you removed front forks complete with wheel assembled, it's as much as I can do to lift one fork leg let alone the whole megilla.
Your step by step description is brilliant, would have been a lot harder without it.

Even with all the whole front end removed, still couldn't free enough cable to remove the indicator cancel switch, just had to cut it and re-join it, I'm sure Rambozo was right, someone has wrongly re-routed it.

Thanks again for your excellent forum

Alex
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