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Old 03-04-2015, 06:22 PM   #1
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All Balls steering head bearing kit Reviews/Opinions?

Time to do the shb on my '03 f650 Dakar......

Called the parts dude at the dealer today and he gave me a price for an All Balls (?) Kit.....
Never heard of them before......SK, yes.....FAG, yes..... All Balls ....not so much.

$$ savings isn't necessarily the issue.....just want Good bearings!

All Balls....?..Good? Bad? All the same?

Opinions and experiences, please......

Thanx....
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:43 PM   #2
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Well, I used their kit on my TW200 and am very happy with it. No problem to install and sure steers a lot better than it did with the old rusty balls in it. And they do give you cute stickers.
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:05 PM   #3
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I just overhauled two bikes with All Balls kits. Everything was high-quality. I'll use them the next time as well.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:45 PM   #4
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Complete. Shit.

For my 07 KTM 250 the wheel bearings were undersized.
Tried three different kits.

Ordered stock wheel bearings, they fit the first time.
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Old 03-05-2015, 04:33 AM   #5
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Their steering head bearing kits I've used seemed to have pretty good quality bearings for the price. However, the quality of their wheel bearing kits are just average quality, at best.
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Old 03-05-2015, 04:46 AM   #6
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Poorly made off shore bearings. You probably have a better chance of their loose ball and cup bearings fitting and lasting in the long haul than their caged roller bearings that tend to be out of round and out of tolerance.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:08 AM   #7
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I tried to use the all balls "upgrade " kit for my wheel bearings . Complete junk , wound up using the stock KTM rebuild kit . Be warned.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:42 AM   #8
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all balls = chinois junk
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:47 AM   #9
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All Balls is poor fitting Chinese garbage.

Stick with OEM
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Old 03-05-2015, 06:10 AM   #10
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Put an All Balls rear wheel kit in the '01 CR250, fit fine, seems fine. Probably worth paying more for OEM though.
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Old 03-05-2015, 06:55 AM   #11
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While I've never had any bad experiences with All Balls, every kit I've seen was all used no-name Chinese stuff of questionable quality. I guess you get what you pay for.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:05 AM   #12
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Did a Google on "Who makes All Balls bearings and this popped up -

Quote:
Originally Posted by logroller View Post
From All Balls answering my question; "I would like to know more about your product, Part Number 25-1415. Are the bearing parts "completely" made in the USA with USA "parts" or are pieces to this kit made from China produced materials?"

All Balls:
"We do the design and specifications on the bearing in house , then they are manufactured in China to our specs. They are a Abec 3 level same as OEM."

Paul Waslin
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822 North Reading Ave.
New Berlinville, PA 19545
T: (888) 228-3323
P: (610) 473-0505
F: (888)552-0557
WEBSITE: All Balls
Email : paul_waslin@allballsracing.com
I've also heard anecdotally that their bearings are made by KML - a Hong Kong company w/ facilities in China. I'd look for another source first... just sayin'.
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:17 AM   #13
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Ive used all balls loose to roller stearing head conversion kits on a coupler of bikes with great results. In my current bike I also used their wheel bearings on the front and rear. The rear is fine but the front blew the seal in less Than 500 miles.
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Old 03-05-2015, 10:42 AM   #14
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They are, as has been noted cheap chinese bearings. They do work but will not last as long as quality bearings.
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