Wheel bearings

Discussion in 'Wheels' started by TQuentin1, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Has anyone debugged what bearings HD is pressing in the hubs of the cast wheels on the '03 Ultras? Better yet, are there better sealed bearings to use for this application?

    I have about 80K on this bike and think I should swap them next tire change.

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  2. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

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    TQ when I swapped out my spoked wheels for cast wheels I went on eBay and found a seller for bearings. They were cheap, I think that I paid $20 for the four bearings. I have put 30000 miles on those cheap bearings and have had not problems.
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  4. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    OK, good. Question is though, what bearings are in there now? I am guessing I will find out when I pull the wheels off to get the new tires mounted, but I would like to get the bearings in advance so I can have all that done at the same time.

    Also, I remember reading on here what the process is for replacing the bearings, but can't find that post now. Anyone remember which post that was?

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  5. glider

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  6. kemo

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    TQ I use a wheel bearing puller I bought on eBay for $22.95. I find that a little heat around the hub and the bearing will pop right out. I use a 1/2" threaded rod to pull the new bearings in. Do an eBsay search for Harley wheel bearings.
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    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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  8. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I think so. But I remember a post where the OP was talking about not having a spacer between the races.

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  9. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I do not think that having no spacer would not really work as as there would be too much stress on the inner races of the bearings from the spacers on the outside of the wheels and the bearing would self destruct very quickly
    As the spacer between the bearings carries the load applied by the torque on the axle

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  10. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Right. That is exactly what we were all telling the OP. But in that thread was a great process for changing out the bearings, and the specific sequence to do that in. It was a great post, but I can't seem to find it again.

    TQ