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post #1 of 13 Old 10-05-2006, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wheel bearings, are mine starting to go?

Hey all,

I have noticed that my 2001 KLR is feeling a little less planted than usual when cornering on the street, but could not put my finger on what was off. I have about 20,000 miles on the bike now.

I put it up on the lift yesterday to lube the chain and grabbed the rear wheel and it wiggles a bit more than I remember, just a little bit of play can be felt.

I will look into this more this weekend as I could not tell if it was loose at the wheel itself or maybe the swing arm. I assume I need to pull the wheel off and should I be able to see anything with the wheel bearings that will confirm that they are wearing out?

Also, does anyone know of the size of these bearings or Part numbers that match so I can get them from a supply house or auto parts store.

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-05-2006, 11:33 AM
 
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You may or may not be able to tell if your bearings are shot by looking at them. You've already checked for play and it does sound like they may be starting to go. I've got moose sealed bearings in my bike, but I forget who has them. Good luck.
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-05-2006, 11:35 AM
 
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I just installed a set of Moose Sealed Bearings myself. Do I have to pack grease around the outside of the bearing before I put the wheel back on the bike?
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post #4 of 13 Old 10-05-2006, 12:14 PM
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Do I have to pack grease around the outside of the bearing before I put the wheel back on the bike?
No. they are sealed.

That said. I'd do it anyway. just to keep the clips in good shape to change them out again later.
(rather clean off greese.. then scrap/sand corrosion, getting the bearings out.)
Dont forget to grease the Axle too..k

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post #5 of 13 Old 10-05-2006, 12:57 PM
 
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Where did you grab those sealed bearings? I am doing a tire change soon, might be a smart thing to do...
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-05-2006, 01:19 PM
 
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Fred has them... they were cheap too!
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-05-2006, 03:28 PM
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Best to do all five bearing, front and rear, at the same time. If conditions led to rear failure, you're probably due for front bearing, too. Three in the back, two in the front. The sealed bearings (from Fred) were surprisingly cheap. There's few reasons NOT to change them out.

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post #8 of 13 Old 10-06-2006, 10:47 PM
 
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You might want to pull yer wheel and see if you might have dropped the inner spacer off the sprocket hub/damper assembly. It usually sticks in there on the bearing grease, but if you lay it down or bump it it can fall out. If this is the case the play will most likley trash yer bearings and hub, worst case scenario. Good luck..........Randy
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-25-2010, 09:08 PM
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I am interested in the sealed wheel bearings for the KLR as well, but I don't know "Fred"...can someone provide contact information?

And or....where can a person find doubled sealed wheel bearings.....where can you find Moose bearings for the KLR.

Website links woud greatly be appreciated.

Thank you. Rick

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post #10 of 13 Old 07-26-2010, 05:06 AM
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The "Fred" they're talking about is Fred Hink at Arrowhead Motorsports.. http://www.angelfire.com/ut/moab/

The bearings are listed towards the bottom of this page. http://www.angelfire.com/ut/moab/parts_frames.html
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