Rear wheel bearing loose


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Rear wheel bearing loose

Postby tech1 » Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:08 pm



Hi does anyone know of a repair for a rear wheel that is worn out from a bearing ? My wheel bearing is loose in the right side on the rear wheel. I was thinking I might have to have it machined out and a spacer placed on the outter side of the bearing. Any ideas? Oh yea it is an 86 SE-i.
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Re: Rear wheel bearing loose

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:04 pm

I suppose you could have a machinist enlarge it and either insert a sleeve, or source a bearing with a larger OD that would fit into the newly machined area - however I'd be strongly inclined to perhaps just source a replacement wheel. It might even cost you less than trying to refit your old one.

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Re: Rear wheel bearing loose

Postby tech1 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:52 pm

I did just purchased anouther wheel on Ebay. But I don't know if it is loose either. its a crap shoot what you get used. I'm working on every option in case this is loose too. I read there was a bulletin on this with a repair kit back in the day. I called my local dealer parts and they said the kit was $600 BUT not avaiable anymore. I'm just looking to see if anyone has found a fix for this condition.
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Re: Rear wheel bearing loose

Postby tech1 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:23 pm

I found a local machine shop that had prefomed this before and said he should have it done tomorrow.
He said about $100. The used wheel hasn't make it here yet BUT maybe I'll have it back together before it shows up. A spare wheel will be OK I guess. I'll post when I have the bike back together and running.

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Re: Rear wheel bearing loose

Postby tech1 » Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:36 pm

Update. I had the wheel machined out and a spacer in the wheel and fits tight and new bearings cured the wheel. I also purchased anouther one on ebay that is good soI have a spare now.
I did have a problem with the level ride sensor rubbing the tire. I just bent it back. i believe when the bearing went bad it let the tire catch sensor and bent it into the tire more. Good ride again!

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Re: Rear wheel bearing loose

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:28 pm

Good news, glad to hear you're back on the road!

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Re: Rear wheel bearing loose

Postby Ed Z » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:29 am

I did a different approach... Cleaned the hub area really well (even used carb cleaner) and then put some JB Weld in... Placed the bearing in and clampped with a bolt through the hub so that the loose bearing would be square to the left side one while the glue hardened... The next day I put the wheel back in the bike and no issues for the past 3 years... Of course, if the bearing should ever need replacing again, it will likely either be a real pain or possibly require a wheel replacement to do it...

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Re: Rear wheel bearing loose

Postby ekcyclerepair » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:04 am

I've done something similar to what Ed Z mentioned. I've used a sharp punch to peen the bearing seat area in the hub. Just little pock marks all the way around to help the bearing fit snuggly. Then applied stud and bearing mount ( I think Loctite makes this) to the seat and outer bearing race. Assemble everything and let it cure overnight. A little heat with a propane torch will soften the stud and bearing mount, if you have to remove the bearing in the future. Of course, this is on a hub with minor wear. Probably wouldn't want to go this route if the bearing was real sloppy loose.

Ernie




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