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I've been having some handlings issues with my 03 blade that I couldn't seem to work out, so I took the bike over to a local guy suspension guy to look at. As soon as he lifted the front off the ground, he freaked. He said my steering head adjustment was cranked down and the bars didn't move smoothly. Long story short, he said I need to replace them. He did adjust it correctly and all I have to say is "WOW!". It's like night and day. The things turns so much easier and doesn't try to stand up in turns. Anyway, just wanted to get suggestions of where to get the parts. I was able to find the bearings and dust seals on the internet but have not seen the upper and lower races. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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900, 929, AND 954 ALWAYS HAD HEAD BEARING ISSUES, THERE WAS A RECALL ON THE 929. HONDA FINALLY ADMITTED IT WAS BECAUSE THE HEAD WAS DRILLED AFTER CAST AND WELDING AND THERE WERE SHAVINGS THAT FELL AND REMAINED IN THE FRAME, I HAD TO HAVE THE BEARINGS REPLACED IN MY 02 954 AT 2000 MI.
 

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Man, this guy is just full of great information isn't he?
The 929 did NOT have a recall on head bearing. The 954 did NOT have a recall on them, either.
There was enough whining about the quicker steering of the 954 that they decided to offer a service campaign to exchange the upgraded tapered roller bearings in the 954 for older tech ball bearings, like were in the 929. This only affected the first 6 months or so of 954s.
Some chose to downgrade, others did not.
Yes, some frames had some metal shavings in them, some had a lot, some had none.
Honda never admitted to any frame issues on the bikes, and there was never a recall or service campaign on them.

Again, incorrect info.
 

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I read through all the post about the suggestion to change the steering head bearings. Mine has never been done. I only want to change them because the movement of the bars is not smooth. It is most likely due to the fact that the adjustment nut was so tight that I had a problem getting it off. Anywho, I'm just looking for a place to purchase the races. Also, could faulty bearings cause the triple trees to be slightly canted to the left? Everything else appears to be straight.
 

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I think I need to do that because mine makes a noticable click when i push down or pull up on the bars.
 

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I read on another topic that the vin#s from JH2SC500*2M000001 to JH2SC500*2M008723 are the ones that needed to be replaced, on my vin where the * is i have a 1 so does that mean that i don't need to replace them or what?
 

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BDA116 said:
Man, this guy is just full of great information isn't he?
The 929 did NOT have a recall on head bearing. The 954 did NOT have a recall on them, either.
There was enough whining about the quicker steering of the 954 that they decided to offer a service campaign to exchange the upgraded tapered roller bearings in the 954 for older tech ball bearings, like were in the 929. This only affected the first 6 months or so of 954s.
Some chose to downgrade, others did not.
Yes, some frames had some metal shavings in them, some had a lot, some had none.
Honda never admitted to any frame issues on the bikes, and there was never a recall or service campaign on them.

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man you're a friggin rocket scientist are'nt you. i had the honda rep in to look at the head bearings on that 954 and let me give you the condensed version metal shavings from drilling the bearing lands fell and remained in the frame thus coming into contact with the bearings causing premature failure. recall/ service campaign who gives a crap still honda's fault. by the way the lower clamp was not replaced. here's some helpful information pull your head out befor you suffocate.
 
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