Speed wobble!


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Speed wobble!

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:51 pm



I knew the front wheel bearing on my 1500 has needed attention for some time. The noise had increased steadily over the last few weeks, but what really got my attention was last Wednesday, while riding down to Cyclemax to pick up some parts (wheel bearings being among those, coincidentally), while decelerating through 30 mph - with only one hand on the handlebars, I experienced a severe speed wobble, that increased in intensity very quickly. I grabbed on hard and accelerated, and recovered before it became uncontrollable. The front end HAD become loose over the last few weeks as well, so I decided no more riding until I got this done.

I did the job today, and it fixed the noise, the loose front end - and no more speed wobble! So, of course, as a result, I present: How to replace your front wheel bearings.



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Re: Speed wobble!

Postby Captain422 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:06 pm

Very well written article on How to Replace your Wheel Bearings. It is exactly how this should be done. Great photos and instructions WingAdmin.

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Re: Speed wobble!

Postby bustedwing » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:07 pm

With driving out the bearings, is it easier to use your system or is there a reason you do not use a drift?
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Re: Speed wobble!

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:53 pm

bustedwing wrote:With driving out the bearings, is it easier to use your system or is there a reason you do not use a drift?


To avoid damaging the hubs. Using a drift, you push out the bearing one side at a time, rocking the bearing back and forth as you hit each side, binding it a little bit each time. The bearing races are a very hard carbon steel, and they are pressed into a comparatively soft aluminum hub. Binding the bearing over and over again like that can leave little marks in the aluminum hub.

Using a bolt like I show to push the bearing out is very quick - 2 or 3 whacks with the hammer and it's out. The whole process takes less than 30 seconds - unless you're taking pictures of every step! :) As the bearing is driven out, it comes out perfectly flat, without damaging the wheel hub.

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Re: Speed wobble!

Postby bustedwing » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:30 am

Ok, thanx for the explantion. I have worked on all kinda vehicles and all of them from cars up to off road haulers have used the drift method, but that is in cast steel hubs. Now that you tell me that it makes sence. You just sazved me the cost of two hubs, I am eternally grateful.


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