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#427747 - 04/03/12 8:26 pm Space left by Tapered Steering Head Bearings  
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I know this has been covered before, but does anyone make
a spacer to make up the gap , left by the Tapered Bearing in
the steering head ?
I am building my 71 Triumph 500... and the space is unsightly.
I was thinking by now ...someone has machined a black anodized spacer .
Pete


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#427838 - 04/04/12 2:38 am Re: Space left by Tapered Steering Head Bearings [Re: GTSRider]  
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Yep.... I should of....
I know it's a know issue...so I thought someone may have come up with something by now....


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#427839 - 04/04/12 3:08 am Re: Space left by Tapered Steering Head Bearings [Re: GTSRider]  
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Pete,

I'm no help to you, but was wondering if you could put up a picture showing the problem. I installed tapered roller bearings on on my dry frame TR6 steering stem with no issues whatsoever -- a perfect fit. They came from Conventry Spares, bought through a local supplier. I have heard of people having trouble with the "All Balls" roller bearing kits on the Japanese bikes if they use the wrong spacer.

I'm just trying to learn here -- is that an issue with the later bikes?

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#427843 - 04/04/12 3:19 am Re: Space left by Tapered Steering Head Bearings [Re: GTSRider]  
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I've installed them in a variety of bikes, some with more gap than others. One thing you'll need to be certain of is that the races are fully seated in the frame.
I've successfully ground the inner bearing to allow a better fit. This is a touchy job. It can be done, but only if there is a very small gap.
I've used spacers made from stainless tubing to fill the gap, also.
I really like the more positive handling from these bearings and think the effort is worth it.
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#427858 - 04/04/12 5:12 am Re: Space left by Tapered Steering Head Bearings [Re: HawaiianTiger]  
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I just used a black plastic tie to cover the space on mine. have to look very close to notice it.

#427866 - 04/04/12 6:26 am Re: Space left by Tapered Steering Head Bearings [Re: GTSRider]  
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I ground the bearing inners to get enough threads engaged and the small gap left I covered with black tape, you can also mill the bottom of the top triple tree on the underside of the centre hole to close the gap further.


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