Steering collar / head race - 1926 Model G5

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Steering collar / head race - 1926 Model G5

Postby slaapstad » Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:10 am

Hi, I wonder if anyone can assist? The steering head races on my 1926 Model G5 are absolutely shot. Does anyone know of a source for new ones?

Part numbers are H818, H820 and H822. The balls are 3/16" - but those aren't the problem!

Someone once mentioned that a visit to a bicycle shop that provides spares for really old cycles may be an options. Any views on this?

Cheers,

Bruce

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Re: Steering collar / head race - 1926 Model G5

Postby slaapstad » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:06 pm

Sooooo......... am I to assume that no-one has ever replaced the ball races on a 20's AJS?

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Re: Steering collar / head race - 1926 Model G5

Postby Duncan » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:40 pm

Hi Bruce, have you asked the "WD and Pre-war eGroup" they nay have has more experience of this issue, follow the link from the main site :http://www.jampot.com/links_showall.asp?cat_id=7&parent_id=4&parent_name=Other+Forums&sub_name=AMC+Related

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Re: Steering collar / head race - 1926 Model G5

Postby Rob Harknett » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:51 pm

I thought Bruce was a member of the prewar e group.
Alan Thurs in Australia made and supplied the group with races, which fitted many 20's models. If it makes it any easy for those wanting to contact a group member direct of via group forum. I can activate the yahoo group website to send an invite to join e mail to their e mail address.

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Re: Steering collar / head race - 1926 Model G5

Postby Rob Harknett » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:18 pm

slaapstad wrote:Sooooo......... am I to assume that no-one has ever replaced the ball races on a 20's AJS?


No further response since Christmas Day.
Well, for anyone owning a prewar machine in our club, that are not aware. Most prewar AJS bike owners have replaced steering races etc. if they have needed them. Steering collars races etc are available for most models from approx. 1926 onwards. Steel balls are available from local cycle shops. If checked you may even find the club spares stock bearings. Some post war races etc may also fit if sizes are checked. The most common prewar types fit many different years / models. 1929 is a year where they fit 10 different models, the only exception being the little 250 model 12, which I am not sure about. Drawings are also available. So an owner can check if the have a pre 1926 AJS. Or year /model not listed in files available.
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