Rear wheel bearing removal


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Rear wheel bearing removal

Postby rjlv25 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:49 pm



Does anyone have any tips on how to get the old bearings out of an '87 Interstate? There's not enough of a lip between the bearing and the distance spacer to drive it out. Does it make a difference which side get removed first?



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Re: Rear wheel bearing removal

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:30 pm

Have a look at How to replace your front wheel bearings. That's the front wheel on my 1500, but I used exactly the same procedure on my 1100 and it works just as well.

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Re: Rear wheel bearing removal

Postby rjlv25 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:41 pm

Interesting approach. I'll give it a try this weekend. Thank you.

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Re: Rear wheel bearing removal

Postby rjlv25 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:11 pm

Well, that didn't work. The first time I hit the bolt with a hammer, the chisel I was using to spread the bolt flew out and put a nice gouge in the front fender of my wife's car and landed in the neighbors yard. Of course I had to try again, but the bolt wouldn't grip the bearing. I drove the chisel in until it cracked the inner race of the bearing in half and it's still wouldn't come out. Taking it to the local guy tomorrow who says he has a bearing removal tool. I'm done screwing around.

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Re: Rear wheel bearing removal

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:06 am

rjlv25 wrote:Well, that didn't work. The first time I hit the bolt with a hammer, the chisel I was using to spread the bolt flew out and put a nice gouge in the front fender of my wife's car and landed in the neighbors yard. Of course I had to try again, but the bolt wouldn't grip the bearing. I drove the chisel in until it cracked the inner race of the bearing in half and it's still wouldn't come out. Taking it to the local guy tomorrow who says he has a bearing removal tool. I'm done screwing around.


I wonder why? I have never NOT had this work, and I know many other people have also used this method with success. Hopefully your wife hasn't noticed/hasn't beat you for the dent in her fender...

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Re: Rear wheel bearing removal

Postby rjlv25 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:16 pm

Wouldn't you think that by spreading the bolt, you exert more outward force to the inner race and the balls, thereby pressing the outer race tighter in the bore of the wheel? I think that the first time the bolt slipped, it rounded over the threads. Then it wouldn't grip. The good thing was that the guy didn't charge me to drive them out. Now I worry if he did any damage to the new bearings by driving them in with the same tool on the inner race.

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Re: Rear wheel bearing removal

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:23 am

rjlv25 wrote:Wouldn't you think that by spreading the bolt, you exert more outward force to the inner race and the balls, thereby pressing the outer race tighter in the bore of the wheel? I think that the first time the bolt slipped, it rounded over the threads. Then it wouldn't grip. The good thing was that the guy didn't charge me to drive them out. Now I worry if he did any damage to the new bearings by driving them in with the same tool on the inner race.


I've never jammed the screwdriver into the end hard enough that it would exert that much force. I wonder if it might be worthwhile grinding a bit of a taper on the end of the bolt - maybe 1/8 inch. Then you could position the bolt just below the bearing, spread it open, so that the tapered part of the bolt is inside the inner race, but the actual bolt is made wider than the inner race diameter, so that it CAN'T be forced through. The idea being that it catches the inside edge of the inner race, and pulls it out that way.

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Re: Rear wheel bearing removal

Postby rjlv25 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:33 pm

That might work. Same principle as the bearing removal tool, but a lot cheaper. I hope the All Balls bearings last as long as I have the bike. I haven't ridden it yet. Been fixing things since I bought it in August. That stator sure was a fun job, then the Campbell harness. Now trying to figure out how to bleed the clutch at the slave cylinder since there's no room to swing a wrench. I think the last guy used a socket, which would explain why all the paint peeled off the rear engine cover.




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