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Old 11-18-2011, 12:20 PM   #109
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Time for an update.

I cleaned up the lower triple clamp and applied Rub N Buff. Looks brand new!

Cleaned:



Rub N' Buffed:



Then I replaced the steering stem bearings. Getting the races out was a pain, but they finally came loose. I slathered the new bearings in this great stuff:



While pressing the inner race down onto the steering stem, I must've pushed in a wrong direction and suddenly I had an empty bearing cage and 21 little tapered rollers rolling all around my garage. I was discouraged, but determined to fix it.

Tedious work:



This is going to require some moral support:



Got it back together and started assembling the triple clamps and forks.









I plan to clean or replace the triple clamp top nut. It looks pretty bad, I may need to replace it. I'm very happy with everything else though - it's starting to look pretty good!
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