I think we can all agree that "catastrophic failure" is generally a bad thing. HAHAI wise man once said......."No movement = No wear." I have everything assembled I will upload some pictures later. I made the bushings with shoulders on them so they have absolutely no where to go. I had to freeze the stem and heat the bushing prior to pressing them on to get them to fit without damage. Everything tightened up nicely. My plan is to ride it for awhile checking it for play after a few rides. In the meantime I may look for a new rm stem. I found out 1 model year newer bikes use a 30mm stem so I wouldn't need a bushing. Like previously stated I think if anything does happen it will be a condition that slowly gets worse over time. I doubt the front half of my bike will explode while cruising down a fire road.....but you never know haha.
Ive spent hours searching and calling. Ive tried all the companies around. the bearing i need doesn't exist. haha. I tried all balls. I ended up ordering my bearings from them but they are perfect.....but as close as I can get. If you can find it ill order it haha. making this bushing will be very simple. Much less work than a new stem. I was just getting some opinions on what material to make it out of.Here are the sizes i need. 28x47x1528x55x17
Yeah I meant it...lol. That was the whole delema. No one makes a bearing with the right shaft size with te od I needed. I got it all figured out now. When you say. "How it was put together" do you mean the forks or the bike? I traded a guy on CL staright up for a xt parts motor I didn't need. That is why my cost is so low.
A mate made a stainless steel sleeve for me, the lip stops it working its way up through the bearing, it also made it easier to press on. The bearing was then pressed on to the sleeve. I dont see any wear issues with this and it should last just fine, cost was very cheap as well.CheersSteve
Read it again and tell me that's what you meant.
So when he does it, its cool? lol