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post #1 of 14 Old 11-03-2006, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Check your wheel bearings...

...I noticed a lot (1/4" or so) of side to side play in my rear wheel, plus a clicking-grinding noise. Yep, with ONLY 9800 miles on my still under warranty '06 all three rear wheel bearings were shot, and the front ones were about gone. Granted, I'm not a cleanliness / maintenance freak, and I do some hard off road and wet stuff, but CRIPES... 9800 miles? Glad I got 'em replaced before my trip out west this summer. If any of you are planning a longish trip I'd suggest replacing them with selaed bearings in advance, ya never know when or how soon they're going to go. Thanks to a recent thread on here for even calling my attention to them.
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-03-2006, 05:27 PM
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Geeezz Meefzah,anytime I see a pic of ya,your in the water.I'm surprised they lasted 9800 miles :lol:
I checked mine a 9000 and were doing ok. At 14000 the outer rear was almost dry.I repacked it to get me by till I do a tear down this winter.I'm going to bearings unlimited to see what they have to offer in sealed bearings.Did you replace yours with stock or moose? Come summer I think I'll have to come north to hook up with you guys for a day or two.
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You most likey forgot to put that little spacer in between the gear cog thingy and the hub. It's easy to miss, especially on a trail side tire change. That would allow the 1/4" slop you mention.
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-04-2006, 09:30 AM
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Hmm. At 31,000 miles my stock bearings still are in good shape... but I'm not one to use my KLR as a submarine.

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post #5 of 14 Old 11-04-2006, 12:10 PM
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Re: Check your wheel bearings...

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...I noticed a lot (1/4" or so) of side to side play in my rear wheel, plus a clicking-grinding noise. Yep, with ONLY 9800 miles on my still under warranty '06 all three rear wheel bearings were shot, and the front ones were about gone. Granted, I'm not a cleanliness / maintenance freak, and I do some hard off road and wet stuff, but CRIPES... 9800 miles? Glad I got 'em replaced before my trip out west this summer. If any of you are planning a longish trip I'd suggest replacing them with selaed bearings in advance, ya never know when or how soon they're going to go. Thanks to a recent thread on here for even calling my attention to them.

Another something on my tear apart and check list. Wanna shoot me a picture of what I'm looking at and how it should look? :mrgreen:

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post #6 of 14 Old 11-06-2006, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry, didn't take any pictures.
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-06-2006, 11:04 PM
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That's okay. I tore the bike down a bit today after finding that one of the rear caliper bolts had come out. I went around the bike a checked all the nuts and bolts for proper torque. Found a couple that were a little loose. Need to get some loctite at the store tomorrow. :mrgreen:
I also checked the wheels for side movement and greased the speedometer gear. I thought that the bearings would be exposed like a bike but they appear to be sealed? Am I correct? :?:

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That's okay. I tore the bike down a bit today after finding that one of the rear caliper bolts had come out. I went around the bike a checked all the nuts and bolts for proper torque. Found a couple that were a little loose. Need to get some loctite at the store tomorrow. :mrgreen:
I also checked the wheels for side movement and greased the speedometer gear. I thought that the bearings would be exposed like a bike but they appear to be sealed? Am I correct? :?:
ive had the same thing happen to my caliper bolts twice. once with blue loctite. I do a complete walk around inspection before i ride. only takes about a minute
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-07-2006, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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The bearings are NOT sealed. That is part of the problem, and replacing them should be done with SEALED units.
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-07-2006, 06:54 PM
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So is there a way to visially inspect them? From what I've been told the only way to see if their good is to check for movement from side to side or noise when rotating. :?:

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