Bearings on dirt bikes just don’t get any love until it’s too late, by then the whole back end of the bike is floppin’ around with rusted, broken down bearings. Ride the bike long enough with worn out bearings and other components on the bike will begin to be damaged, so it’s important to service & inspect the bearings on your bike on a regular basis. My current bike here has original steering stem bearings, swing arm, and lower link bearings. The front and rear wheel bearings have been replaced once already due to water intrusion into the bearing.
Regular service has defiantly extended the life of the bearings in my bike. I neglected the wheels bearings for a short time, not realizing water from pressure washing had made its way into the bearing and it destroyed them. Even with regular service bearings will eventually need to be replaced as you reach the bearings service life as they wear from the extreme use and loads placed on them.
The steering stem bearings in my bike are just flat worn out. Keeping them serviced has helped, but after 7 years of jarring and twisting loads placed on them through steering the bike, and not to mention the load the front suspension places on them. All Balls Racing Steering Stem Bearings are going to be replacing these old O.E.M bearings and return that tight butter smooth feeling to these triple clamps.
Both front and rear wheel bearings have about two seasons on them and seem to be o.k. Since each wheel hub will be broken down for new spokes and rims, there is no reason not to freshen up the wheel bearings with All Balls Racing Wheel Bearings. Wheel bearings on dirt bikes take plenty of abuse from suspension loads and rotation, and should be checked for excessive play or wear and be replaced as needed.
Since All Balls Racing carriers every major bearing for this bike it just made sense to do one stop shopping and place one order for all the needed parts. That’s correct this bike has original swing arm and lower linkage bearings but they have reached their maximum service limits and will need to be replaced. Worn out bearings in this area of the bike could make the bike handle poorly or even cause the rider to get hurt, not to mention the cost of replacing a swing arm due to the bearing bores being cracked or enlarged. All Balls Racing Swing Arm and Linkage Bearings kits come with everything needed to replace those old worn out bearings to regain that confidence in the bikes handling.
About AllBalls Racing
“Our founding was all part of a carefully-constructed, marketing plan: I needed something to finance my racing.” (Stefan Laessig, Partner) They say the true mark of a person’s character is what they do when nobody¹s looking.
The same could be said of someone who makes a product nobody sees; a “non-sexy hard part”. A product most people don’t even think about until the one they have breaks.
There are a lot of ways to make products like this. A lot of places to skimp and shave just a little. And then there’s the All Balls way. It’s not that building such things to an “adequate” standard would be bad. They’re all around us. Adequate products are much easier – and a ton cheaper – to produce. Lots of companies do it.
But if you knew these three and their staff, spent a day with them, listened to how they talk to each other, saw the respect, got your head wrapped around their work ethic, you’d doubt that the thought of “adequate” bearings could exist in their heads. When they talk about what they do, there’s a commitment you don’t see in everybody’s eyes. They think they do it best because they don’t think anybody else works it harder to make it better.
If you’re Kevin Kraft, Stefan Laessig, and Marianne Durnall, and you own Alll Balls Bearings & Components, you design, refine, and produce them with pride and a sense of “rightness” that’s as if you expected the whole world to see them.