Headset bearings

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Headset bearings

Post by ujm13 » Mon May 29, 2017 12:06 pm

How does one go about removing the top headset race ( from headtube)? Also- what is the function of the curved bracket welded just below the
top of the headset and can it be removed for a naked conversion? Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Headset bearings

Post by Casper » Mon May 29, 2017 8:45 pm

First the curved bracket on the front of the headstock is the mounting point for the fairing stay and gauge cluster in stock trim. It can be removed via grinding, but is not necessary to do so for a naked conversion. It allows a headlight to be a little closer, but too close and the headlight looks out of place anyways.

Second, the races are just pressed into the headstock and can be removed with a long punch or chisel catching the rim. There are a couple cut outs on the bearing seats where you can place the tip of the punch or chisel against the bearing race and hit with a big hammer. It takes quite a bit of force to remove the seats, but must be done in an orderly way as to not get the race crooked in the headstock. Hit each side evenly and it will come right out.
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Re: Headset bearings

Post by ujm13 » Tue May 30, 2017 2:21 pm

Thanks for the reply- This frame doesn't have any cutouts for the top race and there's not enough of a lip for a punch, etc., to grab onto. As for the curved bracket I would probably remove it just for asthetics.

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