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Old 04-30-2004, 02:05 PM   #1
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Dakar Steering Head Bearings.....

Not a bad job but have any of you ever seen a design such as this. Strange, to say the least. The upper bearing presses onto a flanged cap. The cap screws onto the top of the steering stem. What next?...

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Old 04-30-2004, 02:42 PM   #2
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sounds sort of like an older (pre aheadset) bicycle headset
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Old 06-21-2004, 01:09 PM   #3
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hey trout

Did you buy oem bearings? I recently replaced all the sprocket carrier and rear wheel bearings on my 01 Dakar and am going to tackle the headset next.
How involved? looks fairly straight forward

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Old 06-22-2004, 05:34 AM   #4
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I'll do yours if'n you'll do mine. Maybe that didn't come out right. I'm fiddin' to have to tackle the rear bearings on mine. How much of a nightmare was that? The SHB's weren't bad at all......If you have a Dremel tool with the little cut-off wheels. I used 2 discs for the whole job. It was a breeze. Just cut off the bearings and races. You will booger up both dust covers so order them as well. I got the bearings from the BMW dealer but they were much better bearings than the FAG bearings that came on it. I think they were SKH. The big ring under the top triple tree requires a special BMW spanner wrench. I used a set of 440 Channellocks with no problem. I froze both races overnight. I used a pretty chrome sink drain extension to drive the bearings on. I copied the FAQ from the F650 site but it was for the older models and wasn't much use on the GS. They recommend dialing in the preload. I tightened mine to what felt good with the chanellocks and checked them again after 1,000 miles and they still felt good. It can't be any worse than the factory assembly which they covered with a healthy dose of salted whale blubber. It's also a good opportunity to buy a cheap set of gaiters and install them. Good luck.

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