Any opinions on staying with the stock or going with the aftermarket tapered?
Just to be clear you are using tapered? and if so I would assume nothing noticeable?I did tapered because the bearings came with a triple clamp i bought. The ball bearing i replaced was the original set that came with the bike in 2003. While im vigilant about maintaining and adjusting everything always, I've probably slammed down 10,000 wheelies, and pretty much every application of the brakes was as hard as i dared(think race track only) Not to mention, crashed more times than i can remember. And for most of its life it was used every weekend. And the ball bearing set was like new.
I think doing tapered bearings would just be busy work. There's no difference in feel, assuming that your bearings are properly adjusted and greased. I'd put that money tward tires
Exactly where I'm at more or less.. I have to pull the top triple of to replace I will take a look at the bearings but figured if I need them I wanted some on standby although I'm only at 24k miles. As far as the investment 50 bucks come on guys you spend shit loads more on carbonYeah I just upgraded to the tapered cause I was re-doing all my suspension, bearings and bushings and since I hadn't looked at my head bearings in 48,000Kms, I figured they'd be dry as a popcorn fart and falling apart. Not so. Bearings looked and rolled just fine after 100,000Kms.
Thats interesting.. I mean the swingarm pivot bolt acts as an axle would. Holding everything together, but not as an actual race for the pivot bearings. Could it have been incorrectly assembled? Or subjected to a serious impact?I have never had a problem with the headstock/triple bearings, but I have had to replace my swing arm spindle bolt, do to excessive wear ie. deformed metal @ the non drive side bearing location (right side)... was kinda amazed by the wear!! Replaced it with a TI bolt and anti-seized a bunch.