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  1. #1

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    Default Question about after market parts

    I am starting to do more of my own scooter maintenance. I have a 2016 HD Dyna Wideglide 103 TC with 39000 miles.

    My next big (for me) project is to replace and rebuild the forks and neck bearings. The only thing that I can't do is press in/out some of the neck bearings.

    I am looking at parts now and looking at different brands. I am close to a HD dealer and can order from them, but they can take awhile to get parts and can be pricey.

    I have had good luck with Drag Specialty brand parts. Quality seems descent, price is good, and can be ordered online or from most independent shops.

    What are your experience with after market parts?

    Should I stick with stick HD part?

    Or just don't worry about the brands, just get the right parts?

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    At only 39K, why change out those bearings? Regardless, if you want to change them out, remove the bearings and take them to your local bearing supply store (Do a local search for a Bearing Supply Store): On the bearing are numbers that they can cross ref. or they can take the measurements and source them. WAY cheaper than anywhere else that you can buy them. Bearings are like the most over priced items out there IMHO

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    On another note, I would not bother with rebuilding the forks unless its really needed (I doubt it at 39K) More to it than you might imagine

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmel View Post
    On another note, I would not bother with rebuilding the forks unless its really needed (I doubt it at 39K) More to it than you might imagine
    I am trying to go through my bike and replace items before they become an issue. The service manual says to rebuild the forks at 50k. I was wanting to do everything at once and just get it over with

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    No sense in rushing the service schedule by 10K miles. I think you will be happy with the fork seal kits and so forth that are available in the aftermarket. For the fork bearings, a clean and repack will probably be all that is necessary. If the races happen to need replacement, that requires some special tools.

    Jim

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    Overhauling systems which don't need it should have a well-studied reason. Forks which don't leak or otherwise malfunction do fine with periodic fork oil replacement (which is often neglected) and can go many years before needing overhaul.

    If you have money to spare the wise way is buy tools and equipment in advance of anticipated need (prices aren't getting cheaper) and put together a personal bench stock of consumables like a gasket and seal kit, complete charging system, complete ignition etc which can also be used for troubleshooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmel View Post
    At only 39K, why change out those bearings? Regardless, if you want to change them out, remove the bearings and take them to your local bearing supply store (Do a local search for a Bearing Supply Store): On the bearing are numbers that they can cross ref. or they can take the measurements and source them. WAY cheaper than anywhere else that you can buy them. Bearings are like the most over priced items out there IMHO
    Thank you for that idea. I had not thought of that. There are plenty in my area

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