I need to replace my head race bearings to get through my MOT. Was thinking about doing it myself! Having said that i just looked on Youtube for some instruction and it looked horribly complicated, forks off fairing the lot really. Was thinking of buying all the right tools and doing it myself or just paying out and taking it to the shop. any ideas on how much a shop is likely to charge? I know labour rates around my way are in the region of 60 an hour. Any thoughts? would love to hear them. Thanks
Fzs600 head race bearings
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What's hard about taking fairings off? Every motorcyclist should have done this at some stage! You've changed the oil yourself before as well right?
It's not difficult to strip the front down and take off the steering stem, it's just involved. The bit you might struggle with is getting the old races off the steering stem, but you could always take this part to a garage and ask them to change the races for you, which'll take them 5-10 mins.
I don't know what special tool might be required for tightening up the main nut, but when I did my vfr I welded together a tool out of some flat bar and an old exhaust instead of buying the Honda tool (which was expensive).
The best thing about doing it yourself is you can clean everything up as you go, which a garage won't do. Assuming you have a decent socket set and torque wrench, various sizes of hammer and a set of punches (for replacing the bearing races in the frame), you should get as far as getting the stem out!
Yup I changed the oil before, dont think i like your patronising tone...but thanks for the crap advice all the same.
Just some light humour! I didn't think my advice was that bad after the first two lines though!
Perhaps you might consider lightening up a bit too! Glad I could help! lol
Bring your bike to me mid uk,i know a one man band guy that charges £30 a hour with a mot station and could give you discount on that as well.
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The advice from downshift was spot on.
There is another advantage of doing this job yourself in that you learn as you go and your confidence builds. What seemed like a dauntinng task before will seem less formidable. Just take it slowly (if you have a digital cameral take loads of pictures as you go) and methodicaly. Eventually, you will get to the point where you start tackling more of the jobs that you would otherwise have given to a dealer/workshop to do previously. Apart from the cost-saving there is a great deal of satisfaction to be had from working on your own bike and you will get a lot of support / help from the guys on here.
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Hi, buy a haynes manual and read carefully before you start and it`s easier than you think.
so how did it go?
I don't think mr misery will be back..
There are cheap, crap cars,.... and there are expensive, crap cars,... take ya pick........