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Old 02-02-2006, 11:26 PM
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had a bit of a scare today was going along at about 70 ish and the rear wheel bearing collapsed and the bike started weaving really bad luckily i managed to stop without tasting tarmac phew
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:28 PM
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:32 PM
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had that happen to me a few years back on an old kawa z400...bearing collapsed about 70 (ish) back end locked up ..kept it up and straight popped the tyre ..deffo something i WONT want to repeat ever again (now change the bearings on all projects just in case)

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maybe a stupid question, but as a rule of thumb, what sort of mileage should you consider checking or changing the bearings?
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:54 PM
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maybe a stupid question, but as a rule of thumb, what sort of mileage should you consider checking or changing the bearings?

Never heard of any real figures on how long wheel bearings are supposed to last or when they should be changed it's a case of checking them by grabbing the wheel and giving it a good old pull from side to side something that should be done at the service intervals but of course many older bikes and customs have never had regular servicing with any records kept so if you buy it second hand you don't know what's been done or not!

A real bearing killer is the jetwash as it can wash the grease out of the bearing and also force crap into it, not good!
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I always change my wheel bearings every other tyre change. Pennies for peace of mind. (I get about 10k out of a tyre)
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ut as a rule of thumb, what sort of mileage should you consider checking or changing the bearings?
I do mine yearly, funnily enough just before the MOT's due...
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I don't know how many 1000's of miles are on mine,but they still seem fine.Mind you,the bike's never seen a jetwash!
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thanks for the advice, everything seems sweet, I know now to keep an eye on them,

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what's a wheel bearing
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Wouldn't really interest you techno......It's a load of balls
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,lol,,,,,,,,and why wouldnt that interest me!
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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,lol,,,,,,,,and why wouldnt that interest me!

guess you like a polo with metal balls then
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glad your ok mate............fuck that for a game of marbles
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One of the truest statements ever made. Beware of clean bikes. Another killer is bikes that have been stood outside without moving for a long time.
water collects and the bearing pits at pressure points. this is usually the thing that Knackers headstock races.
Okay it's no good for wheel bearings (for obvious reasons!) but try fitting a grease nipple in the headstock and regularly pumping grease in.You'd think the manufacturers would do that as a matter of course (AND swing arms & associated linkages) or is that too sensible?
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Okay it's no good for wheel bearings (for obvious reasons!) but try fitting a grease nipple in the headstock and regularly pumping grease in.You'd think the manufacturers would do that as a matter of course (AND swing arms & associated linkages) or is that too sensible?
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Wahey its back on the road but the bearings cost 50 fecking quid
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15000 off a GSXR750WW rear bearings. First one welded to the spindle - got off in a layby cause the noise and could see the centre of the spindle glowing red hot (dark o'clock) wi smoke wisping out!

When I eventually managed to hammer the spindle out wi a large lump o brass and a lump hammer ( 2 hours and 3 skint knuckles later, there was a bend in it about 3mm in the middle. No ball bearings just welded bits in burnt greasy mush.

Not designed for everyday use through Scottish winters.

Replace with bearings wi dust seals both sides...the OEM ones was just on the outside so all the grease got washed out to the middle of the wheel.

Camchain tensioners every 11000.
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