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I bought an 01 drz 400. It had less than 100 miles on it. Absolutely spotless. After riding approx. 80 miles, the lower steering neck bearing started to sieze. Upon removal, I noticed that the bottom bearing was rusted and had practically no grease. The top bearing had a little grease and showed no signs of wear. Does the factory not pack them well, or do you think this is a fluke? My buddy just bought a new 03 and was wondering if he needs to check his. We kinda think the guy I bought the bike from was a fan of pressure washers. By the way, Suzuki and the internet all want around $33-$38 a set for these. I ordered two from Miller Bearing for $17/set. :cry: They seem to be able to find almost any bearing you could need.

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They only have a thin smear on them from the factory

It would be easy to fill the head stem up with water using

A pressure washer

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no fluke.they come with little or no grease.

new bike should be torn down and greased (steering head,swing arm and linkage)or the result is what your experiencing.

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Good luck with your repair.

As Burned said they come with little or no grease.

Check this out when making you repair.

http://www.pbase.com/corky1/stem_bearings

Corky :cry::cry:

I see in the link they covered the hole in the steering stem for the lock. I was looking at mine and I think I will plug the bottom hole of the stem, that way the lock will still work (although I have never used it). With a high pressure washer I can see how water could still get in through and around the lock mechanism.

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You are better off greaing them yourself at least a couple times a year if you ride much. If you ride a lot and pressur wash you have to do it more often. I don't pressure wash my bike. I use a squirt bottle filled 50/50 with hot water and Green. That is strong enough for anything you can get into just let it sit for about 10 minutes after you spray it on they use a garden hose to rinse. I don't even stivk my thumb over it. My bike comes out 90% of the time spotless. prairiedawg :cry:

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