How to repack and tighten your steering head bearings


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Re: How to repack and tighten your steering head bearings

Post by FM-USA » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:19 am



pocketchange wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:15 am
Does the 94' GL1500SE have steering stem bearing seals?
If so, do they need to be replaced after re-packing the bearings?

If they do need to be replaced.
what are the seal PN's ? pc
This should help ya.
SEAL? I replace IF they're cut or torn.
Lower bearing grease tells me how much dirt gets past the seal.
Your choice to replace every time.
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https://www.partzilla.com/catalog/honda ... ering-stem

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Re: How to repack and tighten your steering head bearings

Post by waynedudes » Wed May 20, 2020 6:55 am

Before I check and repack the steering hub bearing I have a concern. I just want to be safe, and sure where to place the jack under the motor? Is it OK to place a piece of wood between the motor and the jack or lift? So that the jack does not touch the motor. It looks like in the picture, they are using a towel? Anyway I think I may have already answered my own question. But I want to be absolutely sure and not damage the bottom of the engine. Being overly cautious here. As always, thanks for your assistance.

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Re: How to repack and tighten your steering head bearings

Post by FM-USA » Wed May 20, 2020 8:25 am

Wood is used by most. Just saying, be sure the wood isn't touching any plastic.
With wood on jack I've lifted the bike off it's center stand, rear tire still on the floor, it's strong enough but NOT preferable.
BTW: Since I work alone I have the handlebars roped to the garage rafters, JUST IN CASE it wants to tip over.

You could roll or fold a towel on the jack.
I might try that next time, now that I have a sudden surplus of dog towels. :(
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Re: How to repack and tighten your steering head bearings

Post by WingAdmin » Fri May 22, 2020 2:20 pm

waynedudes wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 6:55 am
Before I check and repack the steering hub bearing I have a concern. I just want to be safe, and sure where to place the jack under the motor? Is it OK to place a piece of wood between the motor and the jack or lift? So that the jack does not touch the motor. It looks like in the picture, they are using a towel? Anyway I think I may have already answered my own question. But I want to be absolutely sure and not damage the bottom of the engine. Being overly cautious here. As always, thanks for your assistance.
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In this picture, the rubber buffer built into the jack is what is touching the engine.

I will use the engine block to lift the front wheel this way (it's not applying a whole lot of force - maybe 20 or 30 lbs). However I would never attempt to lift the rear tire or whole bike like this. The metal on the bottom of the engine block is actually quite thin aluminum, and it wouldn't take much force in the wrong place to punch a giant hole in your engine block. When doing lifting of this type, I will put small pieces of wood up against the frame on either side of the engine, and lift on those, rather than the engine.



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