I put these in my 1974 CB550. I used the thinner of the two supplied spacers. I did use both upper and lower dust seals. You will need to fab 3/16" spacers at the top of the headlight ears though as the total stack keeps the top clamp 3/16" higher. I used PVC pipe cut to 3/16" rings on a bandsaw. You can find out more about this on forums for the SOHC4. Steering is now very solid, yet fluid. Makes the front end feel like a brand new bike. No regrets!
These bearings are a GREAT upgrade from stock steering head ball bearings. The kits I ordered for my to Honda CB's came with shims and dust seals. Good packaging and a good product. I highly recommend the upgrade.
Bearings were correct but seals were not close to OEM, I reused my old seals, if you order this kit for a Vulcan 900 also order a set of OEM steering stem seals. The seals in kit may have worked but once you install the lower seal and bearing you have to destroy the bearing to get it back off, it is a press fit bearing. I didn't want to take a chance of new seal not working, did not look anything like OEM seal and was smaller outside diameter.
It's great that All Balls provides these bearings since they are not standard catalog bearing sizes. There wouldn't be much choice otherwise. The packaging could use a little instructions for people who haven't done this before. As far as tapered bearing supposedly solving your handling woes, you'll hardly notice the difference between these and stock ball bearings.
ONE OF THE BEST THINGS THAT I HAVE ORDER FROM DENNIS KIRK..THE COMPLETE SET FOR MY 1999 SUZKI HAYBUSA..IT HANDEL'S GOOD, FEEL GOOD, AND FOR THE PRICE ,IS A GOOD DEAL..I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DENNIS KIRK FOR STEM BEARINGS
VERRY HIGH QUALITY BEARING!! MOST OF THE TIME I GET O.E.M. PARTS. BUT FROM NOW ON IF All Balls MAKES IT I’M GOING TO GET IT FROM All Balls .THESE BEARING ARE 100% BETTER THAN O.E.M. AND HALF THE PRICE IT’S A WIN WIN
This is one of the best things you can do for the goldwing. It will have less head shake and the bike will handle a lot better. I had the bike shop put them in for me. It cost $150 for the labor and its worth evey penny.
These are the best way to upgrade your loose or rough steering bikes don't settle for OEM replacement parts for more money and a lot more difficult to install these parts work great and last alot longer