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post #1 of 2 Old 04-22-2010, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Okay. I am not so new at motorcycling, but I am new to working on the bike. My front wheel has developed some play in the bearings. I noticed it when I was riding on a smooth road & the front end felt like there was washboarding on the road.

The assembly of the front hub looks pretty straight forward, but I just want to make sure I
1: Get all the parts I am likely to need before I start on the job.
2: Don't damage anything else in the process.

Will I just need to buy the bearings, or should I invest in a new axle as well? Should I get a new collar? Should I go all the way & get a new axle?

If anyone has a manual for a pre-'08 that they'd like to sell, please drop me a note.

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post #2 of 2 Old 04-22-2010, 07:16 PM
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All you need are the bearings, everything else should be fine. You will also need some means of pulling the bearings. Either an inside bearing puller or a brass punch so you can knock them out from the other side. You want a brass punch so you don't damage the spacer inside the hub that you will be pounding on.
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