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Old 04-18-2016, 12:26 PM   #1
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Take a look at your steering stem bearings

Largely over looked due to effort to get to them . I made this video for
you to see . Millage 21,300 2009 model bike that is in good shape overall .
I give it a 80% out of a 100% grading . Ill post pictures of the internals later today .

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Old 04-18-2016, 12:41 PM   #2
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Yep. Easily overlooked.
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Old 04-18-2016, 12:55 PM   #3
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Yikes, my old VFR had 70K miles and I never checked them....
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Cool vid. This is something I been needing to do, been putting it off.
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so this is a easy fix since it is roller bearings , and the races have no damage .
What caused the drag was the dried grease that each bearing has to roll over .
notice the dark color on the race after wiping bulk grease off . Many bikes have a timken/roller style bearing now , but not the old EX500 simple clean , repack , torque to spec , and done .

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Just FYI for anybody reading this....
All Racing sells roller bearings for just about any bike. It's a good upgrade because they have more surface area which means less chance of dents forming in the races and causing a notchy feeling in the bars. That can also cause wobbles and even head shake.
They are pretty cheap and easy to install
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Only problem is to take it apart to replace
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Only problem is to take it apart to replace
It ain't hard. Pull the top triple, undo the nuts and slide the stem out. Easier if the front wheel is off.
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Got it. Ill make time to check mine. Now that you mention it. I have felt my front end not tight.
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All put back together . Lubed all cables/pivots today / cleaned chain/sprockets / painted fork lowers . Now just some fluid changes , new valve stems in the wheels with some paint work , and coat the header . Then it will be ready for California

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Nice ex500. Wish I would have bought one brand new when I had the chance a few years ago.

Neck bearings are very important, and yes often overlooked. My old evo needs a ton of suspension work as well as new neck bearings. Been putting it off but I'm going to do it soon.
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Thank you for the videos. I have noticed that my bike handles weird at low speeds. I have my project for this weekend
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I agree with bumblebee, when its time for replacement go with roller bearings, much better design.

Another thing that is often overlooked are the suspension linkage bearings. These, depending on the bike, are probably just as easy to get to than the steering head bearings
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