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Lucky

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debate: replace or reuse wheel bearing seals?
« on: September 05, 2005, 11:34:41 AM »
I've heard comments on both sides to either NEVER reuse the wheel bearing seals, or that reuse is fine.? when i did them on the 82 wheels i originally had, i replaced them because i replaced the bearings too.

I have to do my fork seals (waiting on parts) & thought i'd repack mine while i was at it...
« Last Edit: September 05, 2005, 11:36:24 AM by Lucky »
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Re: debate: replace or reuse wheel bearing seals?
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2005, 02:52:24 PM »
   Lucky,if your carefull you can reuse the outer seals. The bearings which are either open,sheilded or sealed(sheilded&sealed sometimes will have(1) side protected other side open) rule#1 when you knock that bearing out it is junk!
 because you have dimpeled the inner/outer race & ball. So the best bet is to
replace said bearing with a double sealed bearing(these have a"C-3" rating which means close tolerance) so in knowing that go down to your fav.bearing
house replace them all!(the wheel bearings are all standard #'s easily found)
The only bearings that can be serviced are older BMW's & H.D. because they are
tapered roller bearings. So in closing if the wheels roll smoothly your bearings are good if not you'll know what to do at that point!  8)

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Re: debate: replace or reuse wheel bearing seals?
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2005, 06:30:20 PM »
I've always kept these areas cleaned, greased, and only had to change a bike wheel bearing once in my on-road riding life (which spans 18 years now), and never had to change a seal. So I'm with bmw100 on this one.

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Re: debate: replace or reuse wheel bearing seals?
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2005, 07:08:35 AM »
I just ordered new wheel bearings and dust shields from www.bikebandit.com - Wheel bearings were $11.00 each and the dust covers were $3 or $4 each. Shipping was $6.

Total price for 2 bearings and 2 dust covers and shipping was right at $40 for the whole job.

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