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Are you getting front end wobbles?, Is there an indentation feeling in the center point when turning your handlebars from left to right? Are your steering stem bearings worn out?
Improve handling by installing famous All Balls tapered steering bearings. All Balls is exactly what you need to create better handling beyond what factory bearings can offer.
These are a direct replacement for the stock steering stem bearings. Far outlast stock bearings and work better than stock OEM bearings. We highly recommend upgrading your stock fork springs to the Progressive Fork Springs which offer far better dampening than the softer stock fork springs.
You can easily do this at the same time as replacing your steering stem bearings with these performance All Balls stem bearings. Kit includes upper and lower tapered bearings, cones and seals.
Whether needing to replace worn out bearings or not, upgrading to All Balls is the best way to increase handing and stability besides installing a fork brace and Progressive Fork Springs. Ask anyone who has installed these along with a fork brace and springs, it makes an amazing difference..
I've put a good many improvements into the 2002 Goldwing I bought from the original owner last year: highway pegs, new speakers, FOBO tire pressure monitors, a back rest, and a few more.
But I came back form a 3400 mile trip with uneven tire wear on a relatively new set of Dunlop Elite 3s. So I looked around on the net to see what I could find out and became convinced it had to be the front stem bearing. Confirmed the problem when I tested for the dreaded front end wobble, which I had at about 35-40 miles per hour.
Bought the All Balls Bearings and had them installed last week. Completely transformed the steering and handling of the bike. It tracks much truer now, both at speed and in the corners. What an amazing difference. The install was of course many times more expensive than the bearings, but I certainly got my money's worth.
Combined the new stem bearing, btw, with DynaBeads in both front and rear tires and the ride and handling of the bike are transformed. If I'm not mistaken, about 500 miles or so later the tire wear has already started to even out.
I just put these on along with Progressive Mono Tube Forks and now my 2012 with over 60,000 miles feels better than when it was new. Low speed maneuvers are so firm and when I get aggressive on the high speed peg grinders the feel is rock solid. I wish I did this 40,000 miles ago. Now I need to go back and attack some of my favorite roads.
I have a 2003 1800 Wing, that had the Honda Wobble ( at 30-40 mph slow down. I first tried the Ceramic Beads, which helped the cupping of the front tire, but did nothing for the wobble. Then I spent the money to have the All Ball Roller Bearings installed and had the same results as the Beads (did Nothing for the Wobble). Then about a year later when I replace the front tire, I put in new Wheel Bearings, that was the answer after three years of trying to get rid of the Wobble it was gone. TRY THE FRONT WHEEL BEARINGS BEFORE YOU GO TO THE EXPENCES ON TROBLE OF THE ROLLER BEARINGS.
I understand why Honda went from the roller bearings to the ball bearings but I don't think it was a good move by Honda engineers. The roller bearings were used in the 1500 for years and they had no problems but when they designed the 1800 they went to what they were using on the track. The Ball Berings are great for the lighter bikes and give you a much lighter force to turn the handle bars but Honda missed the target on this one. The balls have such a small surface area that there is to much force per square inch for the design on the 1800. at 77k miles I could feel the detentes in the steering caused by the balls beating pockets into the race surface. The bearings at this point started to loosen up so it was time to replace them with the proper design of bearing. The roller type of bearing will support the weight and not cause damage to the race so I expect these bearings to last the same as the ones in the 1500s. 200k or 300k miles for these instead of 77k and coompletely shot.
Last year I picked up a wobble that quickly turned to a "controlled crash" coming home from a ride on 2010 Wing. The first thing I turned to in my research was the steering bearings. While replacing the bearings, I rebuilt the forks, and installed Traxxion progressive springs. Installing the bearings outside of a dealer requires a few special tools and being an experienced mechanic. If in doubt take it to the dealer.
I installed my bearings without a driver by freezing the steering stem in dry ice, and using the old races as a "driver" for tapping the new bearings in. Now, my Wing is a whole new ride. Tight right turns are now a breeze. As with all the other posts, I agree that Honda dropped the ball with their ball bearings. Please note, these bearings may not solve all front end wobbles, I sincerely feel that one should replace their Honda bearings with All Balls!!!!!
And we can't wait to show you how it's done!
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