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Default Fork seal follow up...Stop me if I'm being stupid.

Frist thanks for the advice and encouragement. New fork seals etc are on the way. Have to pick up some oil yet but I'll read up on it and see what everyone says.

Now the second part. I'm thinking since I'll have the forks off anyway and for all the same reasons I'm doing the fork seal/oil replacement should I go ahead and do the steering bearings? Upgrade them to roller bearings instead of the old ball bearings. I will say this intimidates me a bit. I know it's a bigger job and it can be kinda tough getting the old bearings out and new ones in but I don't want to skip it if now's the time.

Any advice on what set works best. Been looking around some and there's only a few choices for my '71 but the look rather different.

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yes yes yes, neck and swingarm bearings are the most neglected bearings on these bikes.
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AGREED!!!! Neck & swingarm bearing are the most neglected parts. I'm running 10w fork oil in my 77 XLH, 07 Dyna and the Wife's 04 1200 Custom.
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Yes the steering bearings are often neglected. No, you do not need roller bearings there.
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right.i switched to timken in the 80's.when i swap frames for an earlier one i'm going back to the ball bearings.
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