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Thread: ‘57 R60 Steering Head Bearing Replacement/Upgrade

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    Near Lynchburg, VA

    ‘57 R60 Steering Head Bearing Replacement/Upgrade

    Pevious owner mentioned/mumbled the steering head bearings are the type that fall all over the floor (like an old bicycle) upon disassembly. Later he mentioned he had taper roller bearings in the “extra” box. Just hadn’t gotten around to it.

    Head shake at slow speed scared I the hell outta me. It has been many years since I felt that.
    Bearings may not be the total cause but changing to new may bound to be better than 60 yr old bearings.

    Barringtons “proprietary” description doesn’t tell me that what I have is correct.

    With a $10 Harbour Freight digital caliper it says the bearings are:

    ID 33.94 mm
    OD 50.96 mm
    Depth 12 mm

    Do these bearings sound correct to anyone ?
    Just trying to get prepared as best as possible.

    Any tips are appreciated with this procedure.


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    San Antonio, TX
    Charlie -

    I did this upgrade on my R69S. From what I recall, the bearings are non-standard. I don't know how I could have measured what came out or the steering stem itself to figure out what I needed. I just bought a set from Vech. At the moment, I can't find the line in his online store that calls those out.
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    Near Lynchburg, VA
    My independent mechanic confirmed that the bearings, whose measurements were in the first post, properly fit .

    I may just not pass from head shake after all. (Even though bearing replacement was more of an update, rather than service or an adjustment.)


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