XR650R Front axle play

4 replies to this topic
  • froride1

Posted October 31, 2007 - 08:25 AM


I noticed a little side to side play in the front wheel on my XR650R. I have had a set of Supermoto wheels on it for a few years and they have no play from side to side. While swaping wheels back to the stockers I noticed about .030" of side to side movement. I took it a part and looked eveything over and everything looks fine. I thought it might be the wheel bearings or the spacer in the hub so I popped the bearings out and they are fine. I put all the parts spacers and bearings on the axle and installed it in the forks, torqued it down and the slop is still there. All the parts can slide a little on the axle. I don't know if this is a problem or not and if it is I'm not sure how to get rid of the slop without machining new spacers.

  • Billahjack

Posted October 31, 2007 - 08:48 AM


My guess is that it is either bearings or that you didn' push the forks together when you tightened the axle clamp on the right fork.

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  • bigtooth

Posted October 31, 2007 - 09:22 AM


I bet that its the bearings and that you just couldnt tell they were worn with out the axle being through them acting like a lever.

my .02

  • froride1

Posted October 31, 2007 - 09:35 AM


Yeah, I'm thinking the bearings also. The weird thing is they look perfect and spin nice and smooth. But it's the only part that would wear out. I guess after 7 years I should replace the bearings weither they look like they need it or not.


  • slowxr

Posted October 31, 2007 - 10:47 AM


I had the problem you described with my rear wheel. Bearings felt good but after replacing them, the movement went away.
Another vote for wheel bearings.

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