Front wheel bearing replacement


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Front wheel bearing replacement

Postby mnrine478 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:33 pm



In replacing my front wheel bearings I find in my Clymer manual says to pack the hub with grease. Surely this doesn't mean to fill the whole hub cavity around the spacer with grease, does it?



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Re: Front wheel bearing replacement

Postby dingdong » Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:46 am

My Honda manual says to:
Pack new bearing with grease.
Fill dust seal lip cavity with grease.
Wipe all grease from outside if dust seal.
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Re: Front wheel bearing replacement

Postby mnrine478 » Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:56 pm

Thanks, that's what I thought but the wording was confusing.

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Re: Front wheel bearing replacement

Postby musinger » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:03 pm

Does anybody have any info on using All Balls Bearing? Do they hold up or should I stick with OEM bearings and Seals. Your thoughts are all welcomed on this.

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Re: Front wheel bearing replacement

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:00 pm

musinger wrote:Does anybody have any info on using All Balls Bearing? Do they hold up or should I stick with OEM bearings and Seals. Your thoughts are all welcomed on this.



Get the bearing numbers and take them to a bearing supply house. Buy some SKF or NSK bearing for 1/2 the cost of OEM. I don't recall the bearing numbers but I'm sure someone else will chime in.
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Re: Front wheel bearing replacement

Postby Captain422 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:26 pm

mnrine478 wrote:In replacing my front wheel bearings I find in my Clymer manual says to pack the hub with grease. Surely this doesn't mean to fill the whole hub cavity around the spacer with grease, does it?

I just installed All Balls bearings on my 88 GL1500. They are good quality and cheaper than OEM bearings. They are sealed bearings so there is no need to pack the bearing. Only wipe a thin layer of grease around the hub and be sure to fully seat the bearing by using a large socket / pipe of appropriate size tap it in on the outer portion of the bearing. Don't tap on the inner portion of the bearing when seating it or you may damage it. Fill the dust cap with grease and wipe all the excess grease off the outer portion of the seal.

Tip: Put your bearings in the freezer and remove them just prior to installation. It causes them to contract and will make them easier to install. Once they warm up they will expand and you will have a nice tight fit.

Here is a link to order the bearings from Cyclemax: http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/143438




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