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Old 03-08-2006, 12:39 PM
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tapered needle head bearings

Where can I get tapered needle head bearings to replace the stock ball bearing ones for my superhawk?? are the needle ones better? does it really make a difference or just preference??


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Old 03-08-2006, 12:49 PM
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yeah, I wanted to ask the same question. Anyone please?
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Old 03-08-2006, 01:02 PM
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All ***** Racing. they have a good web site. Or you can order them through a dealer.
the ones for the '00-'01 RC51 will work. They may be the same for later RCs. Not sure.

They have more contact area, so they are probably stiffer and more precise. Whether you can tell a difference is probably debatable.
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Re: tapered needle head bearings

Tapered roller bearings are far superior to ball bearings in some applications and I think the steering stem of a motorcycle is one of those applications. For years I have removed the ball bearings typically fitted by most OEMs (they are far cheaper than roller bearings) and replaced them with tapered roller bearings. It is not a case where the new tapered bearings will improve handling (at least I have not noticed an improvement, assuming the ball bearings are in ‘like new’ condition) but that they will prevent handling from deteriorating. The issue with a ball bearing is they can ‘flat spot’ or ‘detent’; wheelies are especially hard on ball bearings and given the Super Hawk’s propensity to lift the front wheel this can be a problem. If you know the physical differences between a ball and a roller bearing you will intuitively understand why the roller bearing is so much more durable. I have roller bearings for my Super Hawk but have not installed them yet. I purchased them from a local bearing house but they are readily available in kit form from many aftermarket sources.
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I have a set of the All ***** (tapered rollers) sitting in the garage ready to go in over the winter, but then I'm running out of winter.

Should have been tapered rollers to begin with.
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How much is the kit?
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Re: tapered needle head bearings

I paid around $25 you need to do a web search. JIM[web:b0c2b6acf3]http://www.vxb.com/page/bearings/CTGY/Tapered-Roller[/web:b0c2b6acf3]
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The kit is $32 retail from allballsracing.com and comes with the seals.
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Re: tapered needle head bearings

Hey,

Thanks for the responses, that's a lot of help. I think I'm going to go with the allballsracing ones.

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I think my 98 had them from the factory. I know it's got them now and I didn't put them in, so they must have come that way! Can anyone confirm this?

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Originally Posted by JamieDaugherty";p=&quot View Post
I think my 98 had them from the factory. I know it's got them now and I didn't put them in, so they must have come that way! Can anyone confirm this?

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If no one else was into your bike you got a happy accident! No they don't come with tapered roller bearings. When I did my front end swap I had slightly flatened ball bearings. Who does wheelies...I don't do wheelies.....only squids do wheelies.....shhh......I must have a little squid in me.......doesn't everyone?
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Re: tapered needle head bearings

I better check my bearings if wheelies flatten them out when it is so easy to wheelie how can you help yourself!!!
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It took years and years to do it but yeah they were a little flat.
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