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post #1 of 10 Old 06-30-2019, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Front Axle Collar

Hi all. I'm replacing the front wheel bearings on my 2001, and I was quite surprised to disassemble the hub and find no collar in between the bearings. I've only got a service manual for 2008+ models so I'm just wondering if there is supposed to be the same collar on the first generation. I feel like it's probably supposed to be there. Does anyone know of an aftermarket source for this part, or will I have to go to Kawi? Thanks!

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-30-2019, 01:59 PM
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The aftermarket is not gonna' waste their time with a next to Never needed replacement part. OEM only. Part #92027-1683. Sounds to me like someone has installed double sealed bearings before and screwed up the job, My 83,000+ mile 1987 still has its original single sealed front bearings in it.

https://www.kawasakipartshouse.com/o...03c5/front-hub
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That's kind of what I was guessing but thought it couldn't hurt to ask. Thanks for the parts website too!
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OK, gonna take this in a bit of a different direction. As I got the wheel off it was pretty apparent I'm going to have to replace the hub as when the bearing exploded it damaged the hub. It looks like most used hubs I've found come complete so they'll presumably have the collar in there. My new question is what people's thoughts are on buying a hub versus a complete wheel. It looks like I can get a hub for about half what a wheel will cost, but obviously it will come with a fair amount of leg work to remove all the spokes and make the switch. Has anyone done this? What was it like? Am I likely to run in to fitment issues even though they're the same part? Any other thoughts anyone would like to add? Thanks!
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Because I dont know the first thing about lacing a wheel I would opt for finding a complete used wheel.
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I'd rather have teeth pulled than lace and true a wheel from scratch.

Purchase a usable used wheel assembly from either Gen 1 or Gen 2.
BUT Be Extremely careful to Not Purchase one which the speedometer drive flange has been destroyed by miss-servicing the speedometer drive assembly. Same about hubs only.

ps, Well maybe only 1 tooth. Preferably the one that is currently giving issue.
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My experience. Because I couldn't find a decent replacement wheel in Australia at the time I needed it I bought a hub only (for the much cheaper shipping) from the USA. Never having done it before I read up on wheel lacing and watched a few videos before transferring the rim and spikes from my existing hub. Taken slowly I found the process of assembling and truing the wheel relatively easy and quite satisfying. Having said that if I ever had to do the replacement job again and I had the choice of the two options, I would take the complete wheel route - lacing the hub takes a fair amount of time, and it took a few weeks of uneventful use to convince me I done it well.

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I've built a lot of wheels, both bicycle and motorcycle. I have the tools and know-how. For a short while it was a side business.

I'd buy a wheel.
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Thanks for all the replies, folks. I'm leaning more toward buying a wheel.
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Thanks for all the replies, folks. I'm leaning more toward buying a wheel.
If you also purchase an un-damaged hub assembly, you can practice your 'Wheel-Wright' skills this coming winter and have a spare wheel or sell it.
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