High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rolling Prairie, Ind
Steve is correct in that tapered bearings require less torque than balls. Myself when I install tapered bearings i’ve Found that if I follow the factory procedure of torquing to 34-35ft/lb back it off and then retorque to 18ft/lbs it seems to work very well. I find that I have a little hunting initially for the first 50-100mi and things settle in and are fine, a little less final torque to 15-16ft/lbs would probably eliminate the initial “hunting” but I prefer the 18ft/lb and letting it settle in.
I’ll add that after the initial install you must retorque the taper bearings after a bit (3-6 months) after things have a chance to seat and then maybe do a yearly check until the torque just maintains and doesn’t loosen up. That’s what I do and have for many years.
I’ll add that on my fjr it was a loose feeling handler from new until the dreaded 35-45mph wobble started which was an out-of-the-blue thing, the only thing that fixed mine was the tapered bearings, new tire, retorquing everything had no effect. The new tapered bearing really tightened the handling up on my fjr, very tight and precise now. Truly transformed my bike.
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