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Old 11-19-2011, 06:45 AM   #16
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What's the next problem?...................The bearings?
Don't know yet - but I do know there WILL be another problem!
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:42 AM   #17
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Not to Hijack - I'm replacing bearings as well

I've got the front end apart, have the new bearings in hand but the Cycle Works tools are in the mail somewhere..............

I noticed that the lock slot had a big bur on it and quickly filed it down............
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I guess without the Cycle Works tools the best way to get this bearing off is with a dremel.............or is it just suppose to drop off?
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Just joining this thread to support my fellow armchair motorcycle mechanics working on their front ends & maybe learn some new tricks as well.......
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:02 AM   #18
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I guess without the Cycle Works tools the best way to get this bearing off is with a dremel.............or is it just suppose to drop off?
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I can't remember for sure and I don't have my GS front end handy to look at, but aren't there two holes from the top down to the back of the race to hammer it out from the topside with a drift?
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:04 AM   #19
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I used what is called a "cat's paw". Its normally used for pulling nails, but fit into the bearing and hooked the back edge quite nicely. I was able to pry out the race after using a heat gun to warm the stem.

It looks like your cat's paw may be big enough but if using any arrangement like this and it is too small it can dammage the bearing seat area. I did this with a lady slipper pry bar. I thought it was big enough. I ended up having to dress the bearing seat area. Damage was not too bad. I just ground down the nicked area a little. Plenty of fresh material was not touched.

An ordinary slap hammer with a three arm puller works too. Have to sharper the puller teeth maybe.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:49 AM   #20
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I can't remember for sure and I don't have my GS front end handy to look at, but aren't there two holes from the top down to the back of the race to hammer it out from the topside with a drift?
That's how mine was. There are also holes in the lower triple to knock the lower bearing off the stem, too.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:12 AM   #21
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Your right...holes on the adjusting knob
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No holes on the lower............those holes don't go thru............
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But there is a slot on each side, under what is left of the old bearing..............................
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:18 AM   #22
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You simply need to take the triple to a press and press the stem out of the lower clamp.

I have also successfully heated the triple and driven the stem out of the lower triple with a BFH, but I don't suggest this method as it is a serious PITA and you can really screw up the stem and other bits.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:36 AM   #23
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Just get a bearing separator, think you can buy one from harbor freight or rent from autozone.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:58 AM   #24
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But there is a slot on each side, under what is left of the old bearing..............................


Going at it!
I use an grinder (wall mounted) to grind almost through the bearing, let it cool and then give it a tap with a hammer, you can then use the the two slts as lever points.
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:40 AM   #25
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I use an grinder (wall mounted) to grind almost through the bearing, let it cool and then give it a tap with a hammer, you can then use the the two slts as lever points.
Or just make two deep slits on the race 180 degrees apart hit the slits with a chisel. It'll often crack the race in two halves that'll just fall off.
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:52 PM   #26
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Or just make two deep slits on the race 180 degrees apart hit the slits with a chisel. It'll often crack the race in two halves that'll just fall off.
Yes, that works really good.

And my weird tool to push the inner races out of the steering head.....no laughing it has worked before. May be needed again soon or....make an "improved" version, I have "a few" more old wrenches.

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Old 11-19-2011, 02:05 PM   #27
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I used the "drill holes then knock them out with a punch" method on the upper, and that sucked. The one on the stem, I always had pressed off. I drilled holes once I had the race out on another bike, but the tool works very nice the last time I did it. I will probably stick with that, it just costs me a six pack to borrow it.
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:32 PM   #28
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Easy... get this tool from CycleWorks.

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It's magic. Same thing for swing arm bearings.
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:31 PM   #29
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It's magic. Same thing for swing arm bearings.
I believe in MAGIC................................
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:59 PM   #30
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grind then whack.

it's like cutting glass, you score a line and create a failure point in the material



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