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Steering ball bearings

Ok, noob mistake. I didn't realize these old bikes use LOOSE ball bearings in the steering stem... By my count i should have 46 and i was able to find 39

Anybody know where I can find replacements or have a clue what size they might be (1968 suzuki k11p)

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"It's all ball bearings these days"

Can you remove one and take it to an old-fashioned hardware store for a match or to at least get it sized properly so you know what you are looking for specifically...?

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Most of the industrial catalogs (McMasterCarr) sell loose ball bearings if you know the size. You can measure the diameter with a decent caliper.

Or take what you have to these guys and they'll match it up

http://www.motionindustries.com/moti...mii/index.html

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Alright sounds good, just regular steel ball bears work, they aren't anything special?

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Alright, ordered new bears from mcmaster carr, thanks!

Also, i just found a mouse nest in my new project bike hahaha... Thankfully no mice.

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You should really look into converting to tapered roller bearings. They are easier to adjust and hold an adjustment much longer. You will get better handling, in some cases it gets much better.

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Also, once you know the correct size, and if it is difficult to find just loose ball bearings to buy, they are also found on ebay. I bought some for my '66 Sears, since the tappered stuff was not avail.
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Check into converting to tapered roller bearings. There are kits for almost everything and the bikes they don't have specific kits for, kits can be adapted. It's worth the search to find a kit or the research to adapt one

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