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    Question loose bearing - small amount of play in front fork

    Noticed some play in the front fork, seems like a loose bearing or something. Any ideas?



    thanks!!
    '89 tdub bought in 7/2014
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    Replace the bearings, easy job ! Should have no play but should move easy side to side.
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    you got a part number? I want to make sure I get the right ones.. according to my research they are

    156-23411-00-00

    it looks like there is only one.... anyone know for sure? thanks
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    While it is apart clean out forks and change fork oil. New fork seals might be good idea too considering age.

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    Before you pull the fork tubes out of the triple tree mark them so you can put them back in exactly the way they were. Mark them twice -- see black marks on the picture -- in case one gets rubbed off.

    I didn't and when I reassembled it the bike pulled hard to the right.

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    I'd use all balls steering stem bearings, much better being tapered needle vs the stock ball bearings.

    Furthermore you shouldn't need to mark the forks. set the 6mm height as per the service manual and then loosely clamp them. throw the axle through the forks and make sure its lined up perfectly before tightening everything up. the lower fork legs can rotate from the sliders so marking that orientation doesn't really do much.

    if your fork seals are in good shape its a perfect time to refresh the fork oil. only adds about 10m to the job.
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    awesome thanks. looks like this is the kit, im super low budget on this build so 40 is a lot... but whatever

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbeezy View Post
    awesome thanks. looks like this is the kit, im super low budget on this build so 40 is a lot... but whatever

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    how about $25?

    Amazon.com: Buying Choices: All Balls Steering Stem Bearing Kit 22-1008
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    you da man! thanks. hopefully this is the fix I need to get rid of the play in there, super annoying
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbeezy View Post
    you da man! thanks. hopefully this is the fix I need to get rid of the play in there, super annoying
    few threads with how-tos here its pretty simple. is it notchy at all turning the handlebars? what about with the forks off? if you feel any notchiness as well its definitely needed.

    Mine weren't 'loose' as i imagine yours feel but were notchy. it made the steering SO much smoother when switching to (complete overkill) tapered roller bearings. Esp for the same if not cheaper than the OEM setup.

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