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September 21st, 2015, 05:27 PM   #1
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Unhappy Steering Head Bearing replacement with Scotts

Hi all!
It's been a while since I've asked a question on my 2010 FE450 but here's the story...

I rode a 550 mile dual sport through SD last week and all through it I could hardly turn the bike, it wanted to go straight and gave me a very unplanted loose feel when turning. So after looking at everything I pulled the steering head assy off and found a rusty little grease lower bearing with chatter marks in the outer race. Ah hah! Replaced the assy with an All Balls Racing set and put it all together and I'm all happy l BTW there's an EXCELLENT vid here: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...939D4CFF6FC700 slotting the old bearing races and using them to drive the new races in is magic!

One of the things I had difficulty with is setting the initial bearing preload so I did my best then put everything back together and it felt right. But a major issue is that you cannot tighten down the steering head nut without taking everything back off to get the Husaberg wrench on the nut. This is because the S##### Scott's mounting bracket gets in the way.

I went riding on my land and the street prox 15 miles etc. then came back and my bearings were very loose! So I had to take everything off to re-adjust the steering head nut prox 1 1/2 turns. OMG what did I do wrong? I put it all back together and now I still have a bit of movement so have to do the same routing again. But had to hit the wrench with a rubber mallet to tighten up everything is this normal???

I'm a bit freaked. Did I F the bearings up? Does anyone know if a socket can get in to turn the nut without taking everything off due to the Scott's bracket?

TIA my "Sven" Husaberg has 180 hours and 4200 miles FWIW
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September 25th, 2015, 03:59 AM   #2
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I reckon your issue is the All Balls kit.....poor quality, poor specs...but that's just my opinion, I've had bad experience with them in wheel bearings, swing arm bearings etc and wouldn't use them if they were free....again just my opinion
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October 1st, 2015, 11:15 AM   #3
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520 you could be right & time will tell on whether All Balls suck or not.

After I retightened the bearings a 3rd time it seems to be the trick. Rode the bike on a 2 day dual sport with mostly trails and everything was fine whew! I think pulling the entire steering head apart and regreasing or swapping out bearings is going to be an annual maintenance item for me.
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October 2nd, 2015, 04:40 PM   #4
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To get it right on most bikes when assembling I tighten the adjuster nut to the point all play is gone then give it a couple taps so it almost binds. Then give it a tap back. No play or bind. Just taking play out can leave you with play after moving it around. Then torque down the collar nut with the upper clamp free from the forks of course. With the Scotts in the way you can try a crows foot and get a torque on it sometimes. I have an adjustable snap on crows foot just for this purpose where I can tighten it from both sides of the Scotts mount.

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October 6th, 2015, 08:46 AM   #5
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Thanks Pollo I pretty much do what you do as I've replaced many bearing sets on BMW's. Also, a 27mm socket works great with the Scotts bracket in place and I ordered one up.
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