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Old 03-05-2014, 08:47 AM
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I have new steering stem bearings and have removed the bearing from the triple tree and now need to install the new one. There is a tool that you can order that will fit around the stem and only touch the inner race of the new bearing as you press or smack it into position. The cheapest ones are about $60.

Has anyone found a certain sized pipe that will accomplish the same goal?
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:57 PM
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I'm pretty sure either one of those can help you solve your problem
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:28 PM
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Lol!!!

Well I have heated the bearing slightly ( preferably without a blow torch ) and it slide right on....the seal was fine using this method ...
Or just go to your local hardware ( bigger one ) with the bearing and triple tree, size them against a decently thick pipe
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:38 PM
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I was for sure going to freeze the triple tree and heat the bearing. I have measured the dimensions and they are no where near the standard pipe sizes. Hopefully, I can find something at the hardware store that will work.

I was just checking to see if anyone had done this and knew of an exact sized pipe that worked. I'll post it if I figure it out.
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Shouldn't need it if your fast and careful with the heat method
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I use the old bearing for driving the new, cut a slot through the old bearing this becomes your sacrificial driver now use a pipe does not matter if its not the exact size as you are hitting the old bearing which is the exact size of new one the slot you cut makes the old bearing easy to remove. This works great on the races inside the steering neck
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That's a good idea, too. I do that on a lot of things but thought that it might get "stuck" at the bottom. I guess that is what the slot is for?

I found the perfect fit for anyone who is interested. It's the top rail pipe on chain link fence. It fits perfectly around the steering stem and only touches the inner race of the bearing.

Note: Do not get caught sawing your neighbor's fence. Do it at night, if at all possible.
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Note: Do not get caught sawing your neighbor's fence. Do it at night, if at all possible.
Quick and quiet, like a ninja!
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That's a good idea, too. I do that on a lot of things but thought that it might get "stuck" at the bottom. I guess that is what the slot is for?

I found the perfect fit for anyone who is interested. It's the top rail pipe on chain link fence. It fits perfectly around the steering stem and only touches the inner race of the bearing.

Note: Do not get caught sawing your neighbor's fence. Do it at night, if at all possible.
Yep that's why the slot is cut
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I just did mine ... I put the race in the freezer I warmed up my frame and used A socket to tap into place can't remember what size it was but it went together beautifully
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