Front wheel bearing question


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Front wheel bearing question

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Replacing the front wheel bearings. When fully seated I can not turn the inside of the bearing with my finger, its too tight. If I back of from fully seated (just ever so slightly) then of course I can turn it. There is no bur on the spacer between left and right and I used All Balls bearings. Positive bearings are not ****-eyed or crooked. My question is should I be able to turn the inner race by hand easily when fully seated? '85 Aspencade. Cant thank all of you enough..... FANTASTIC Goldwing sight!



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Re: Front wheel bearing question

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ride dont hide wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:18 pm
Replacing the front wheel bearings. When fully seated I can not turn the inside of the bearing with my finger, its too tight. If I back of from fully seated (just ever so slightly) then of course I can turn it. There is no bur on the spacer between left and right and I used All Balls bearings. Positive bearings are not ****-eyed or crooked. My question is should I be able to turn the inner race by hand easily when fully seated? '85 Aspencade. Cant thank all of you enough..... FANTASTIC Goldwing sight!
Yes, you should be able to turn them with your finger. If you can't, then, you've seated them in too far, which will put lateral pressure on the inner races from the spacer. Running them like that will cause the bearings to wear out quickly.

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ride dont hide wrote:
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………. My question is should I be able to turn the inner race by hand easily when fully seated? …………….
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Thank you Gentlemen!! I did ever so slightly back them out just enough to turn with my finger. A little confused as to why Mother Honda would allow them to set too far in....

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Re: Front wheel bearing question

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Did you install the right bearing first and then the left?

The Honda Service Manual says do the right first.

From the Service Manual:
Drive in the right bearing first and press the distance
collar into place.
NOTE:
Install the bearings with the sealed ends facing
out. Make sure they are fully seated.
Install the distance collar and then drive in the left
bearing.


The installation sequence is usually important to make sure the bearings are seated properly and there is no binding between them.

I think Right first and then Left is specified on all the Gold Wing front wheels.


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