Rear Wheel Bearings


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Rear Wheel Bearings

Postby Sprice » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:07 am



I think all the DIY topics are great, but I didn't see one for replacing the rear wheel bearings. Is it the same procedure as the front wheel bearings? Thanks in advance.



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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:30 pm

Sprice wrote:I think all the DIY topics are great, but I didn't see one for replacing the rear wheel bearings. Is it the same procedure as the front wheel bearings? Thanks in advance.


That's odd. I looked at my maintenance records, and it shows I replaced my rear wheel bearings in May of 2013. But I don't see a how-to on it. I went to see if I had pictures taken that I never wrote up into an article...and I don't. I must have thought at the time "I've already written this up, no point taking pictures of it" - so it never got done! Sorry about that!

But yes, the procedure is very similar to the front wheel. The same tools are involved. There is a dust seal that you'll want to replace at the same time, but only one (unlike the front, which has two, one on each side).

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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings

Postby TAZZ » Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:53 pm

They how often to you replace the wheel bearing like say every 50,000 mile or more or every 3,4 ,5 years or :?:

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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings

Postby Big Blue UK » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:57 pm

You may find this helpful when it comes to knocking out the old bearing
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=18564&p=98826&hilit=bearing#p98826

The rear dust seal is the same as a 1800 front seal.

You may as well pop out and grease the drive shaft while you are at it, and change the drive oil.
If at first you don't succeed, hide the evidence.

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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings

Postby Sprice » Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:19 pm

Big Blue UK wrote:You may find this helpful when it comes to knocking out the old bearing
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=18564&p=98826&hilit=bearing#p98826

The rear dust seal is the same as a 1800 front seal.

You may as well pop out and grease the drive shaft while you are at it, and change the drive oil.

Great advice, thanks.

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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings

Postby Dusty Boots » Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:44 pm

I have in excess of 170,000 mi on my original rear wheel bearings, so it's not something you'd do very often.
Just make sure whenever you have the rear wheel off that you check both of them and that they both rotate smoothly without any rough spots.

If you do remove the bearings, take note of the size of each bearing when you remove them as they are of different thickness/width

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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings

Postby Sprice » Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:12 pm

Thanks all for you help. Finished it today. Hardest part was getting the old ones out.

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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings

Postby 702scottc » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:28 pm

Wingadmin posted a slick homemade tool to remove the bearings on the front wheel in the DIY section, works the same on the rear wheel. Bolt is a bit larger but you can find one at any industrial hardware store. Use the old bearings to drive the new ones home. I use Allballs bearings and replace them every rear tire change and every other front tire. They are really inexpensive and readily available and since the wheel is off, why not just replace them? Cheap insurance really.




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