Front wheel bearing removal


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Front wheel bearing removal

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Ok, I had to take a break. Three hours of fighting and cussing, and I'm no closer, there must be a better way. The book says use a brass or aluminum punch, push the spacer to one side, and hit the inner race. That may look good on paper, but in my garage, it just doesn't work. Any ideas?


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I went and used the bolt mod to take out mine. Cut down through the middle of the bolt, drove a wedge into the bolt and proceeded to remove the bearing. From all accounts should have popped the bearing out with no problem. Did not happen as mentioned in the threads. I literally destroyed the old bearings on removal. Inner race came out first then I was able to get a long punch/drift in and pop out the outer race.

I intend to get a wheel bearing puller as soon as it is on sale. May be easier to get one and do the job. Here's one at HF for $23.00 USD:https://www.harborfreight.com/3-jaw-pil ... -4876.html

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Rednaxs60, the bearing puller you linked doesn't fit the hole in the bearing. HF does sell a kit with a slide hammer and 4 pullers, one of which fits, for about $70 US. Pricey I know, but a friend had one handy. Five minutes and it was done, four to remove the first bearing, and one to take a drift and hammer and remove the other. I'll put the new bearings, speedo drive, and seals in before I leave work, so she's ready to go together when I get home. Thanks for the reply.
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Thanks for replying. This puller is similar to the one at Princess Auto up here. Good to know that it probably does not work. Have looked at the other one you mention. Maybe it will go on sale.

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New bearings and seals are in, new brake pads are done on the front, and the fronts are bled. I got everything back together last night and rode her to work this morning. The front end feels a ton better. I think I may tackle the rear brakes and the swing arm bearings this weekend, after all, what can it hurt?

The right tools definitely make a world of difference. Four hours fighting it by the book, five minutes with a slide hammer and internal bearing puller, and another five installing the new bearing cartridges and seals.
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Well, we took her out for one more ride before the weather stops us. Steering was wonderful, no wiggles, no wobbles at any speed. The corners felt tight and smooth. I guess those 31 year old bearings were loose after all. :mrgreen:
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Simple to do with a cheap bolt: How to replace your front wheel bearings



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