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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-11-2016, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Bearing for steering stem

So bikes either come with tapered roller bearings, caged bearings with a top and bottom race, or free bearings with a top and bottom race.

Can you use a regular ball bearing like a wheel bearing? Im assuming not based on them likely being designed to have pressure applied up or down from the middle and not on the side. Anyone know for sure?
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No, you can't, they are not designed for that kind of load. Just upgrade to tappered roller bearings and you'll never have to think about them again.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-13-2016, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Swapping the front end. Cant find the sizes I need. Found close to the sizes that'll work though. Thanks for the help!
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