Handlebars

Okay so I took apart my handlebars/fork assembely and noticed little ball bearings were coming out .. now lookin at the picture of the handlebars on themopedjunkyard.com it shows 2 sets of ball bearings .. now i know ball bearings go ontop of the handle bars before u screw them in, but where the does the other set go?

Re: Handlebars

On the bottom. Try not to get the individual balls. You can get cap-bearings that have about 10 balls incased in a metal ring. These are MUCH easier to maintain.

When you have the neck in your hand run one set of bearings down the pin to the bottom. There should be a seat for them down there. Put a little grease on them. THEN slide the neck up through the frame. Set your other set of bearings on THAT seat, grease them, and put the cap back on. Then you can set the top-plate to the tripple-trees on and your crown nut.

Hope this helps.

Go nuts.

DannyMoped07

Re: Handlebars

Matt Erdman /

"you can get cap-bearings that have about 10 balls incase in a metal ring."

isn't there more than 10 balls? i just put about 22 individual ones on the top, but then removed them cause i needed more

Re: Handlebars

A caged bearing will always have a few less balls .. the cage separates them and takes up some available space. Caged bearings cannot withstand as much of a load as loose balls for that reason, but in a steering head tube it won't matter.

Re: Handlebars

You have an upper and lower bearing race... For the loose balls, you just pack them with a ton of bearing grease... The encased ones are much much better for the fork bearings...

Caged bearing#.

Anyone know what caged bearings are needed and where to get them? I'm about to do this my self. Will new races be needed or do you just press the caged bearing in place of the old races?Jim."76 puch maxi"

Re: Caged bearing#.

If the bike originally came with a loose-ball bearing, then you need to keep it that way, unless you can find a set of tapered rollerbearings to perfectly replace the old cups, cones and balls.

The balls themselves are very cheap. You can replace the entire set for about $2 if you buy them at the right place, like a bearing supply house.

As stated before, to reinstall loose balls in the lower bearing, you pack the race with grease, then carefully push the correct number of balls into the grease. They will stay there long enough to reassemble the steering.

If you don't know how many balls each race needs, there is a simple rule of thumb. Install as many balls as you can get into the race, then remove one. Do this on the top race, then count the number of balls, and install the same number into the bottom race.

The parts manual for most any ped will tell you the quantity of balls used in each race.

Re: Caged bearing#.

i'd try finding them on another similar bike, same manufacturer, maybe a different model or a different year. But there's nothing wrong with a new set of regular balls. (technically, dont mix old and new bearings nor mix bearings from different races .. millionths of an inch matter when it comes to bearings.)

Races that are smooth and shiny are probably ok. As far as the fork head tube, the load is low, the bearings are not spinning fast .. and clearance can be adjusted.. so its not a critical application.

Caged bearings are placed onto the races just like balls.. lay 'em in with some grease.

Re: Caged bearing#.

CAGED!!! That's what i was talking about. 10 balls with a metal retainer! Lol.

Go nuts.

DannyMoped07

Re: Caged bearing#.

Matt Erdman /

So wait. I can use cage bearings on a TTLX ?

Re: Caged bearing# for puch forks

BUmp. Bearing #s??? for puch forks.Jim.

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