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Aussie_bueller
Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 09:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hi Guys
Does anyone have the size of the steering head bearings ? I want to buy from my local; bearing shop.
Thanks
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651lance
Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 09:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

They are not normal bearings. They are flanged with a neck on the top.



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Stevel
Posted on Friday, March 03, 2017 - 05:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Neither HD nor EBR made these bearings. They were made by a bearing manufacturer. Usually, there will be a number stamped on the bearing. In both cases, take the information you have and the bearing and bring it to a bearing house. There they will try to find a replacement either through the number research, as they have all the reference books or by size. In any case that usually works well.
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Stimbrell
Posted on Friday, March 03, 2017 - 01:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Many have tried to source replacements other than from EBR or HD, all have failed including me, my very best wishes for your success and please let us know if you do succeed. On the plus side they can be dismantled so if you can get replacement ball bearings and the surfaces are not damaged you can rebuild them.
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Aussie_bueller
Posted on Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 11:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hi Guys
Does anyone have the size marked on the bearings. I need that as I still have my bike together
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Vagelis46
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2017 - 07:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I have an old set .... I will have a look and send pictures of the actual bearings + measurements.
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Vagelis46
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2017 - 03:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It looks very similar to this

http://www.rbcbearings.com/ballbearings/detail.asp ?PartNumber=5418
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Vagelis46
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2017 - 03:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

NICE 38 is stamped on the bearing... both sides

Also 17 on one side, and 40 on the other
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Stevel
Posted on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 - 03:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Nice job Vagelis! With this info replacements can be found outside of both HD and EBR.
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Stimbrell
Posted on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 - 09:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Well done and thank you Vagelis, the OD of our bearings is 1.925" but this is clearly a possible source of replacements.
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Vagelis46
Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 03:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I have just sent a "INQUIRY" to RBC bearings that distribute NICE bearings.... It was this :

I own a BUELL 1125
motorcycle, that uses 2 NICE
steering head bearings,
flange radial type. The
bearings on the motorcycle
have stamped "NICE 38 17"
on one side of the plastic
seal and "NICE 38 40" on
the other side of the
plastic seal. The bearing is
very similar to the NICE
5418, but the BORE and O.D.
are slightly different.

Spare parts for Buell
motorcycles are distributed
through the Harley-Davidson
network. But they will be
discontinued in a few
months. Since about 10.000
Buell 1125 motorcycles were
sold, there will be soon a
demand for these bearings.

Are you aware of this
situation? Will you consider
keep manufacturing them and
have them available for sale
from the RBC network ?

I could send you pictures of
these particular NICE
bearings as sold by the
Harley_Davidson dealers,
since I have a spare set.

Best Regards

Vagelis Fragos



I hope that my English was OK....and I really hope we get a positive reply soon....
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Stimbrell
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 06:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Your English is good, no problem with that at all, thanks for your work on this, it is appreciated.
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Court
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 07:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Your English is fine.

Let us know if there is anything we can be doing in the USA to be of help.

This would be wonderful if we could insure an ongoing supply.

Thanks for your efforts.
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Posted on Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 09:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Pages 18 and 19 any help?

There's also contact info on the last page that might be helpful.
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Vagelis46
Posted on Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 09:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

GREAT !

I have ordered a pair of NICE 5418, to see how (and if) they can be modified so that they can fit the 1125
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Rick_fears
Posted on Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 07:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I went through this before. They are NICE/SKF bearings. The SKF guys I took mine too couldn't find anything close with the flange. Ended up forking out the bucks to get some from HD
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