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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-25-2019, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there, after going back and forth with trying to determine what the issue with my wobble was.i have decided to t a new set of bearings.
I ride a VTX 1800 R 2004. Wanted to ask what is best to do based on your experience. Purchase OEM or purchase all balls bearings?
Any other things I need to consider buying besides the washer?
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1300 had bicycle stem bearings, I upgraded to tapered All Balls bearings like 1800 used.
I re-used the lock washer.
I changed the stem bearings because of weird feedback in turns.
When tire replaced, weird feedback was gone.
A few tires later I installed a Metz front tire, at some de-cel times for a light or a stop I would let go of the grips.
A wild handlebar movement occurred, a tank slapper that I arrested.
21k miles later I got ride of that tire and no tire since has had a wobble.

Check the stem for the 12 ft-lbs torque.
Tighten to 30 ft-lbs, push HB lock to lock, loosen, retorque to 12 ft-lbs.

Front Tire is more likely the problem than the bearings.IMO
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How old are your tires? What pressures do you run? They could be cupped
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Thank you for the responses. They are a bit cupped. However I know my bearing races are in bad shape. Bearings were dry when I took them out to inspect. Races got some damage. If I torque them a bit bast what I should I can feel them sitting while steering column is straight. So I figured I would change them.

Not sure if I should do the all balls or OEM though.
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Thank you for the responses. They are a bit cupped. However I know my bearing races are in bad shape. Bearings were dry when I took them out to inspect. Races got some damage. If I torque them a bit bast what I should I can feel them sitting while steering column is straight. So I figured I would change them.

Not sure if I should do the all balls or OEM though.
Why All Balls? There are quality bearings from reputable manufacturers available on the market, I guess...
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Seems to be the brand of choice when going through the different forums.
Do you have any other options?
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Hans, any feedback in regards to how to pack the new lower bearings in? I can probably cut the old ones out with a dremmel.
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A Dremel cut and bit of heat should work.
I used a sharp chisel to get the lower race off. Seems I may have used a Dremel also

I also sanded the stem for a light press fit.
A strip of sand paper and twist the stem
around a dozen times x 5.

Wheel bearing grease, automotive or
boat trailer wheel bearing grease.

Use the stem bearing procedure from the SM.

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A Dremel cut and bit of heat should work.
I used a sharp chisel to get the lower race off. Seems I may have used a Dremel also

I also sanded the stem for a light press fit.
A strip of sand paper and twist the stem
around a dozen times x 5.

Wheel bearing grease, automotive or
boat trailer wheel bearing grease.

Use the stem bearing procedure from the SM.
Hans,

You may want to mention what grit sand paper you used just to clarify.

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