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I'm replacing my friends Steering head bearings on her 2008 Gen 2. Everything has gone smoothly until I got to the races in the frame. How the hell do you get them out? There is no protruding lip to get a chisel on. Suggestions and experiences please.
Also doing her fork oil seals while I'm there. What's the best tool for hooking out the old oil seals? And what's the best weight oil to use on a standard set up? I was thinking of going a bit thicker with 15w. What would be the air gap measurement for that? I think that's enough questions for now.
Welcome to the forum UKbri!
To get the top bearing out you can use some sort of drift from the bottom, there's an edge of the bearing sticking out. The bottom one is a blind bearing Google how to remove it lots of techniques. I ended up cutting a notch in the bearing with a dremel tool to get mine out, I didn't have a torch or the bearing removal tool.
You'll have to get the forks apart to change the seals. The dampening rod's nut has to be off to pull them apart. There's a C-Clip holding the seal in, remove that and you can just pop the tubes a couple of times and the seal will pop up. Don't try to pry it out you could nick the tube. You'll need some sort of seal driver to put the seals back in, there are commercial ones but I just cut a piece of PVC pipe in half.
I put 15wt in my forks and used the same level as stock.
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