Front wheel bearings

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Front wheel bearings

Postby Gordwing » Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:49 am

hello fellow wingers
Anyone ever have to change the front wheel bearings on an 1800. Mine are not making noise but I got caught having to change the rear bearings in the middle of a trip at 150,000 kilometers and I don't want the same thing to happen with the front on the next trip through quebec.


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Re: Front wheel bearings

Postby FM-USA » Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:08 am

My 1991 1500 front wheel bearings were still good at 192,000.
Only reason I changed was I installed a new front tire.
Fig'd.... may as well do it now, tire is off.

Just for info, my rear big bearing went out around 160K miles.
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Re: Front wheel bearings

Postby Rednaxs60 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:00 pm

Bearings are a difficult item to inspect. You can do a "feel" test with your fingers/hand, but you will never be able to duplicate the stresses put on the bearings while underway. For the cost of a set of bearings, replace them and then enjoy the ride. Cheers
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Re: Front wheel bearings

Postby PastoT » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:16 pm

I'd bought new front bearings before I left on a trip last year and found I needed a specific tool to push out the old ones. So these sat available in my trailer just in case. Its now nearly a year later and I bought the tool and installed them last week, I now have a spare set of front bearing for my 2002, as the originals look and feel just fine at 103k miles, still it took less than an hour and its cheap piece of mind before I depart again. My trailer bearings are new also at 17k (only one of them was bad, it appears the seal went bad - rusty grease). I ordered All Balls for my bike bearings. Without the tools to change them it is nothing to do on the road, and it still wouldn't be much fun with them. Note to self store tools in trailer and bring add a ballpeen hammer.

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