Wheel bearings ?


8 replies to this topic
  • GlennR

Posted June 08, 2012 - 12:31 PM

#1

My front wheel bearings seem stuck when I try to turn them with my finger. The wheel spins fine while riding, but I'm thinking maybe the axle is spinning inside the bearings' bores instead of the ball bearings actually turning. Nothing feels too tight or loose, or sounds bad.....,yet.

Anyway, I saw this bearing kit with a pair of bearings & seals for $13.59 including shipping on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/...&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


They look fine. Wonder how much OEM ones would cost? Anybody have any experience with the ebay ones?

  • Stealth13

Posted June 08, 2012 - 01:17 PM

#2

I bought eBay ones for my xt225 and they seemed fine. I guess it's hit or miss who you order from... Some eBay stuff is garbage and others is good and cheap.

  • jcbikes

Posted June 08, 2012 - 01:46 PM

#3

I bought those same ones for my WR. I have not installed them yet put they look like good quality. They are sold from Bossbearing. They seals look better than what comes stock on the bike.

  • german88

Posted June 08, 2012 - 03:47 PM

#4

Sounds like your bearings are pretty gummed up. You do have the option of popping the bearings out and trying to recondition them. I recently took mine out of my 09 WR 450 and did this. They were very rough when turning by hand. I took the dust cover off using an exacto knife and ran them under solvent in my parts washer until all the crud was out. If you have a compressor you can then blast the remaining debris out with that. At this point they should be completely dry and free from crud. Spin them by hand to feel for rough spots (pitting between the bearing and race). If they are smooth repack them with a good waterproof grease and put the dust covers back on. Mine were not pitted so they run good as new. Or just spend the $13-15 for new ones... your call.

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  • GlennR

Posted June 08, 2012 - 05:53 PM

#5

I'd probably damage the dust seals just trying to remove & clean the bearings. I think I'll just order the Bossbearing ones. They're pregreased & double sealed and come with dust seals. I'll go ahead and order them.

  • dirtbikekid32

Posted June 08, 2012 - 05:55 PM

#6

Sounds like your bearings are pretty gummed up. You do have the option of popping the bearings out and trying to recondition them. I recently took mine out of my 09 WR 450 and did this. They were very rough when turning by hand. I took the dust cover off using an exacto knife and ran them under solvent in my parts washer until all the crud was out. If you have a compressor you can then blast the remaining debris out with that. At this point they should be completely dry and free from crud. Spin them by hand to feel for rough spots (pitting between the bearing and race). If they are smooth repack them with a good waterproof grease and put the dust covers back on. Mine were not pitted so they run good as new. Or just spend the $13-15 for new ones... your call.


X2.. I do this too.. Especially on snowmobile boogie wheel bearings..
Even when getting new bearings Il take them apaprt and put a good quality waterproof grease in them.. Factory grease is pretty sparse in them..

  • dirtbikekid32

Posted June 08, 2012 - 05:57 PM

#7

I'd probably damage the dust seals just trying to remove & clean the bearings. I think I'll just order the Bossbearing ones. They're pregreased & double sealed and come with dust seals. I'll go ahead and order them.


Popping the dust seals out with a razor blade is extremely easy.. try it with the old bearings you take out, if your comfortable, pop them out on your new bearings and apply a good waterproof grease in the new ones, they will last alot longer..

  • german88

Posted June 09, 2012 - 08:23 AM

#8

Yep, my thoughts exactly!!! The quality and qty of grease that goes into most new bearings just does not measure up. It takes very little skill to pop out the seal. Give it a try using your old bearings and you get a feel for it.

  • GlennR

Posted June 09, 2012 - 03:44 PM

#9

Thanks. I'll give it a try. I have a number of old sealed bearings to practice on.




 
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