Anyone ever do steering bearings? - ZX6R Forum
 1Likes
  • 1 Post By the prophet
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 Old 03-07-2017, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
Squid
 
triple111's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 9
Anyone ever do steering bearings?

So I'm rebuilding my bike after my frame cracked, and I'm going to be putting in new bearings into the replacement frame. Has anyone ever done this with the 2009-2012 ZX6R? I understand the procedure of how to do it but I was wondering if there are any tips/if its worth just taking it to the shop. They're gonna want $150-200 in labor for it, and I feel reasonably confident I could do it myself. Part number is 92045-1384, so its $50 for an OEM set.
triple111 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 03-07-2017, 10:22 AM
World Superbike Racer
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: So. Cal.
Posts: 1,343
My feelings are that no one cares more than you about your bike so if you are mechanically inclined go for it. I have done it on a dirtbike and it is relatively straightforward. Punch the race out and carefully set the new one in. You can use a block of hard wood to tap the new race in so you don't damage it. Or a brass punch. If anyone is gonna fuck it up, it may have well be you. And you save your money.
Kiwak likes this.
the prophet is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 03-07-2017, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
Squid
 
triple111's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 9
That was my thinking, the only thing I'm concerned about is pulling the bearing from the steering stem. How hard was that and what method did you use? I've seen people bang em off with a drift and chisel, wondering if you have any tips without using a puller.
triple111 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 10 Old 03-07-2017, 11:11 AM
MotoGP Champion
 
jd41's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Monterey, California
Posts: 2,894

I Ride: 2014 Kawasaki ZX-6R
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by triple111 View Post
That was my thinking, the only thing I'm concerned about is pulling the bearing from the steering stem. How hard was that and what method did you use? I've seen people bang em off with a drift and chisel, wondering if you have any tips without using a puller.
If you have the service manual it instructs to use a punch and hammer out the races.

You could also buy the bearing puller and collars for install.

Martillo y Mantequilla #99
jd41 is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 03-07-2017, 11:36 AM
World Superbike Racer
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: So. Cal.
Posts: 1,343
I don't remember about the steering stem. You may have to take it to an auto shop and have them use their press to push the stem out and then reset it. any auto shop should have a press. motorcycle shops can be a bit eccentric when it comes to doing shit.
the prophet is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 03-07-2017, 01:11 PM
MotoGP Champion
 
Strider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,500

I Ride: 2009 ZX-6R
Garage
Hello and welcome!

Winner - 6OTM - March 2014
2009 ZX-6R (65,695 miles and counting) | www.ZX6R.us | www.Seaton007.com

M4 GP Slip-on | ASV C5 Levers | Spiegler SS Brake Lines | SpeedoHealer V4
Custom FE | K&N Air Filter | Vortex Sprockets -1/+2 | EK MVXZ Chain
Strider is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 03-07-2017, 03:01 PM
ZX6r.com Supporting Member
Supporting Member
 
Indy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Indianapolis, In
Posts: 1,439
Garage
This is a great time to make inroads with a local biker who has the tools you need.
Check some YouTube video's. Taking them out, not really a problem.

Putting them in properly isn't as easy, having the right tool isn't worth buying since your most likely going to do this once.

If your resourceful you can make some home made bit's to do the job.

This is when I get jealous of those with a lathe or access to one.
Indy is online now  
post #8 of 10 Old 03-07-2017, 05:32 PM
Squid
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Alabama, USA
Posts: 84
If you are mechanically inclined not a difficult job, just take a while. A lot easier than adjusting valve clearances IMO.

Did this on a FZ6 Yamaha I had. Not too hard except for the bottom race. It was on tight, wound up taking a Dremel or something like it and cutting the race part way thru (a vertical cut). Took a chisel and broke the race - one good blowing then lifted it off. Used the old race to drive the new race on using a three foot section of pipe and a hammer. The other parts were pretty straightforward and not difficult. Key is to watch a video, read about it and then do it carefully. For example make sure the bearing races that fit in the frame go in square and are not at an angle and they are fully seated. When removing the old races I used a long punch that was part of a chisel set from Harbor Freight. One blow then move to the other side and drive it out evenly.
PhotoAl is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 03-07-2017, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
Squid
 
triple111's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by PhotoAl View Post
It was on tight, wound up taking a Dremel or something like it and cutting the race part way thru (a vertical cut). Took a chisel and broke the race - one good blowing then lifted it off. Used the old race to drive the new race on using a three foot section of pipe and a hammer. The other parts were pretty straightforward and not difficult.
That's exactly what I was thinking of doing, I've heard once you break off the top race you can drive in a chisel to make a gradually larger gap between the inner race and the steering stem bottom. That definitely seems like the hardest part but i'll look into that chisel set, looks like it might come in handy. Got a PN for it by any chance?
triple111 is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 03-08-2017, 06:20 AM
Post Master General
 
PowerGroove's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Moorpark, California
Posts: 10,745

I Ride: 2009 ZX-6R - track / 2012 ZX-6R - project / 1986 DR200
Garage
Use a punch and a hammer to remove the races. You'll need a press to press in the new races.

Took me about an hour.

“Why do I ride as number 69? Well, it’s a number that you can still read when the bike is upside down after a crash." - Nicky Hayden

YouTube Channel - Powergroove75
PowerGroove is offline  
Reply

  ZX6R Forum > ZX6R Forum > Mechanical and Technical

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Different (easier) turning after re-greasing steering bearings? jd41 Mechanical and Technical 9 01-23-2017 10:06 AM
Steering neck bearings RJ2112 Mechanical and Technical 11 07-11-2015 02:59 PM
Steering Stem Bearings zand3r Mechanical and Technical 3 08-30-2013 07:48 AM
steering bearings wendle Mechanical and Technical 7 05-01-2013 07:53 PM
gpr steering stabilizer bearings tmolnar21 Mechanical and Technical 4 03-13-2013 08:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome