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Old 06-19-2017, 02:02 PM   #1
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Steering stem bearing socket

Where can I get a socket for the steering stem bearing at? I want to check torgue now and this winter I plan to change to the tapered bearing, so will use it a couple times.
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Old 06-19-2017, 02:55 PM   #2
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I have his socket for my vn1700 and one for my Yamaha, they are great quality. Takes about 2 weeks to ship from England.


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Old 06-19-2017, 04:51 PM   #3
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I bought two 36 mm sockets from O'Reily's. One regular to take the top nut off and one an axle socket. I used my drimel to cut down the axle socket to fit the bearing nut. Since it was deeper than a normal socket, I didn't even need to remove any material from the inside. $20 at O'Reily's. A cheaper, regular socket would do, but you would have to remove material from the inside for it to fit over the stem.


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Old 06-26-2017, 08:44 PM   #4
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How far Did you have to cut the nut down??
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Old 06-26-2017, 11:26 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by mbarr10 View Post
How far Did you have to cut the nut down??
About 10mm. I didn't get a perfectly even cut all the way around, but it was pretty close. Could have been less than 10mm, but I wanted to make sure I had the keys long enough the first time. It ended up being a good depth.

I scored the opposite sides of the diameter, then at 90 to that scored the sides again to make the 4 keys. I extended those marks about 10mm down from the top. Then I scored down about 3mm to each side of those marks to make the keys 6mm wide. They only need to be about 4mm - 5mm wide, but I wanted them big so I could grind them down to just fit. Finally I scored a ring 10mm from the top all the way around.

The way I marked the X for the keys caused 2 keys to fall into the valleys of the socket points and 2 on the apexes. Any way you mark them, you are going to have to trim some width from every key to make it fit (see below).

I used a cutting disks to cut down the outer marks of each key and the bottom of each section I was cutting out. Then I used a grinding wheel to slowly narrow the keys until they were a good fit when inserted with the socket to the side of the nut, not over it. When I had all 4 to where they fit that way, the keys still would not slide into the slots with the socket over the nut. At that point, I realized that the walls of the socket were too wide, even at the point valleys so I started grinding out material from the inside of each key. Going slowly and trying to achieve equal thickness for all 4 keys, I finally got it to fit.

With a shorter socket, I would have had to grind out some material from the inside to make room for the threaded end of the stem. The axle nut socket was deep enough that I didn't have to do that, but cost a few dollars more.

It took about 2 hours, taking my time and testing the fit often. Be sure you use the Drimel on high speed and let it cool occasionally. And wear eye protection! I had sparks from cutting and pieces of very sharp metal flying everywhere!

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