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
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?
'64 TR6R Plus some Twins from other countries (U.S., Germany, Japan)
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. Bill
Bikes 1974 Commando 1985 Honda Nighthawk 650 1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Flying Tiger" Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.
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.