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Old May 9th, 2011, 03:13 PM     #1
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Question Front Wheel Bearings

Having to replace front wheel bearings on my 07 FLSTC, any advice on these?
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Old May 9th, 2011, 04:52 PM     #2
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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

In the past i have used some threaded bar appropriate sized socket and some big washers to draw the bearings into a wheel

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Old May 9th, 2011, 04:56 PM     #3
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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

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Do you have the right tool to do it? They are sealed wheel bearings that are press fit into the hub... You can "hammer" them out but I don't like "hammering" them back in, it's best to press them in with the proper installer... Take care... T
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In the past i have used some threaded bar appropriate sized socket and some big washers to draw the bearings into a wheel

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Sound advice here, never strike a new bearing , always use the proper tool or pull them in as Fin said
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Old May 9th, 2011, 06:01 PM     #4
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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

Just curious....why did you have to replace the bearings? Doesn't seem like an 07 should need new bearings yet.
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Just curious....why did you have to replace the bearings? Doesn't seem like an 07 should need new bearings yet.
Water intrusion , the new bearings do not seal good with the tin shield and lack of a good lip type seal, The MOCO blames washing the wheels and riding in the rain. You would think they would have done better R & D on them JMO
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Front Wheel Bearings

I do pressure wash my bike and have directed on the wheels when cleaning, but not no more, I have 35k on my bike and have been reading where other guys are replacing with less miles, can't control every drop of water if that is the life of a bearing.
I was lucky enough to make it back home.

Also I just pulled the front wheel off and noticed the nut was easy to remove, and noticed that the spacer seem to have a gap between bearing and spacer?

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

Ok..........now you guys got my curiosity up. My 2007 FLSTC just turned over 32000 miles. Original wheel bearings front and rear. Never used a water hose of any kind on it. How do you check to see if they need replaced? No wobble when on the lift.
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Ok..........now you guys got my curiosity up. My 2007 FLSTC just turned over 32000 miles. Original wheel bearings front and rear. Never used a water hose of any kind on it. How do you check to see if they need replaced? No wobble when on the lift.
Jack it up, put your hand on the fork legs, spin the wheel, does it vibrate on the fork legs? Does the wheel spin easy with no noise or rough spots?
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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

Thanks Jack, that's what I do, wasn't sure if there was more I should check for. I'll be changing oli again in the next few days will listen/feel them again.
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Thanks Jack, that's what I do, wasn't sure if there was more I should check for. I'll be changing oli again in the next few days will listen/feel them again.
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