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PostSubject: fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment   fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 19, 2019 1:25 pm

Hi all about to fit taper roller bearings to the headstock (if it ever stops raining here !!), how do you adjust the bearings once in ? judging by previous posts I've looked at, the Honda fish scale method is not the accurate way with taper bearings? I have a home made stem nut and adjuster ring tool but i can only get torque adjustment on the stem nut tool...any suggestions cheers k
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PostSubject: Re: fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment   fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 19, 2019 2:42 pm

You need to torque up the ring nut to set the taper bearings bud, fish scale method deffo does not work (been there tried that)
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PostSubject: Re: fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment   fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 19, 2019 2:51 pm

See this thread bud .........

https://www.silverwing600.com/t9331-tapered-steering-head-bearings?highlight=steering+stem+bearings


TBH, there is very little benifit to be had fitting tapered roller over OEM ball races
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PostSubject: Re: fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment   fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 19, 2019 2:57 pm

Thanks again Bern,i misread that the first time i thought it was the stem nut a 30 ft lb of torque Cheers K
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PostSubject: Re: fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment   fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 19, 2019 3:03 pm

Pleasure bud Smile For torqueing purposes you could make a tubular tool as in this thread ( https://www.silverwing600.com/t7791-steering-stem-nut-tool?highlight=steering+stem+bearings ) but instead of a 'tommy bar' weld a disc with a square hole to accomodate the wrench
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PostSubject: Re: fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment   fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 19, 2019 3:10 pm

Thanks again Bern I'll be calling my mate again for welding mods he's going to be sick of the sight of me soon haha ,Cheers k
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PostSubject: Re: fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment   fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 19, 2019 3:24 pm

No probs bud, we're all here to help each other when possible Cool
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PostSubject: Re: fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment   fitting taper roller bearings to headstock and adjustment I_icon_minitimeTue Aug 20, 2019 12:57 am

The "fish scale" method of pre-loading the head bearings worked well on seversl Goldwings I had in my previous shop. If I remember the proper pre-load on the GL was 3lbs pull at the edge of the triple tree. I usually snugged the head nut up good and set the 3lb pull (or what ever the weight was) and then turned the handlebars back and forth while the front wheel was still off the ground. After a few swings the bearings seemed to settle a bit and need just a wee bit more torque on the head bearing nut. Make sure the bearing is well packed with grease and wipe a thin coating on the bearing seats that are pressed into the head.
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