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My steering stem bearings need to be replaced (03' CR250R). I haven't looked at them yet but I replaced the fork seals and the steering felt notchy. The manual says to replace the bearings and races as a set.

1. Shoud I just check the races first before replacing them?

2. I don't have any tools to press them in, can I use a long bolt, a nut and some washers to do this?

3. The manual says to press the bottom bearings on with a hydraulic press and a special tool. Other people I have talked to said the bearings slip right on (on their bikes, not CRs), do I need a press for this? Is there another way to do it without a press?

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You do not need a press, I just bought a long punch from ace hardware and used a hammer to knock them out, takes awhile though, to put the new ones in use a mallet.

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i got the races out with a long punch and a hammer. I got the new ones in using the old bearings and a mallet. for the bottom bearing, it is pressed on. I used a punch and hammer to get it off, along with an appropriately sized pipe and hammer to get the new one on.

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Thanks guys, did you have to buy OEM races? I don't see them being sold with the after market bearings.

When I looked at the diagram it looked as though the bearings and races were sold as a set. Do you know if that's correct?

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Go with the all balls bearing kit. It comes with races and taper bearings for the top and bottom as well as the top seal, and costs 50% less than OEM.

Edit: the kit also comes w/ the bottom seal as well...

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I used Pivot Works on mine.Whatever brand you use make sure you grease it well with some type of waterproof grease.

Good Luck!!

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Go with the all balls bearing kit. It comes with races and taper bearings for the top and bottom as well as the top seal, and costs 50% less than OEM.

Great, thanks guys. :applause:

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