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Old 08-05-2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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well... it's "work on the r6" time again.

discovered my head/steering bearing is bad, so i'm going to replace the upper and lower - or whatever a complete replacement is.

any how-to's around? i searched... but you know how that ended. why i'm here now. :|

anyhow, i'm assuming it's pretty straight forward... but don't know if there's any tricks or tips i should know about. also, where the hell do you buy bearings from? haha... never replaced any on my bike. figured all-balls (was looking at bearings for the drz in case they were shot), but don't know for sure.

cliffs: replacing head/steering bearing... get me links to how to and where to buy the parts.

also, i'll be swapping tires to the uk ntecs (giggity), changing fork fluid (pew), changing the oil, and finally (after ~20 months) changing my brake fluid. hahaha.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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Re: well... it's "work on the r6" time again.

I've never done steering head bearing on a sport bike before, but I'd imagine it's pretty similar to a dirty bike...just gotta put some jack stands under your frame sliders and start dis-assembling.

Buuuut, getting the torque specs would prolly be important, hopefully someone will chime in...probably Melk
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:23 PM   #3
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Re: well... it's "work on the r6" time again.

the all balls timken style setup is really nice. Hardest part is cutting the old race off the triple. (easily done with a dremel and steady hand)

Big screwdriver & mallet to punch out the old races from the neck.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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Re: well... it's "work on the r6" time again.

i didn't even think about the service manual. you said "torque specs" and i remembered i have one. haha. i'll check that, but i'm assuming there's a better way and FOR SURE a good place to get the parts from. unless OEM is the way to go.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:24 PM   #5
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Re: well... it's "work on the r6" time again.

I have done it on an old Gs550 and it was fairly simple. Just make sure you don't over tighten the jam nuts.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:45 PM   #6
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Re: well... it's "work on the r6" time again.

It's pretty easy and self explanatory. The only part that I had to do anything special was creating something to tighten the weird nut.

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Old 08-05-2012, 03:51 PM   #7
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the all balls timken style setup is really nice. Hardest part is cutting the old race off the triple. (easily done with a dremel and steady hand)

Big screwdriver & mallet to punch out the old races from the neck.
That's how I've done it. Used a threaded rod with a washer and nut on each end to press the new ones in. Well thats how I did it on the 250, they were notorious for wearing steering stem bearings.
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Re: well... it's "work on the r6" time again.

I just used a hammer and a flat head.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:05 PM   #9
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Part have started wing purchased - long with a few others.


(excuse typos, as this was a mobile posting)
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Re: well... it's "work on the r6" time again.

Trick to make your life easier-- when you cut off the old bearing, keep it around to use while pounding the new bearing into place (to even out the applied force). Also, put your new bearing under a heat lamp and throw your lower triples in the freezer for an hour. Thank me later. This was not the most fun thing in the world, but it wasn't THAT bad either.
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