Hey all, got merged into and am replacing the steering stem, which got pretty badly bent. What else should I replace which I have the stack apart? Do y'all like OEM bearings in there, or aftermarket? Was kinda thinking this might be a good time to do the front shocks, too. They compress and look fine, but given the bike's history, I doubt they've been checked before. Thanks for any advice.
I got myself a set of NTN bearings and seals for $45 aud. They are Japanese tapered wheel bearings. I’ve been using NTN wheel bearings for years, no problems, but haven’t put the new steering stem bearings in yet so can’t comment.
If the force of the collision was sufficient to bend the stem it is almost certain the fork stanchions are bent as well, usually just below the lower triple clamp. That the forks compress normally is not surprising ... that's not where the bends are. Checking with a straightedge in that area will tell you if they are bent or not.
Also, if there was twist as well the upper triple clamp may be bent. Check by inserting both forks in the upper clamp, tighten the pinch bolts and sight across both. It will be obvious if it is bent.
If it has already been done, it is safe to assume it is possible to do it.
On the other hand, if it has not been done never assume it is impossible to do it.
------- Rob --------
Hey all, the upper and lower clamps were bent, got replacements for those. A new front end would be nice but in place of that I'll do a lot of measuring and making sure the front bit of the frame is even. Thanks for the advice.