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post #1 of 5 Old 07-25-2010, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie needs KLR wheel bearing advice-sources

Hello...I am new to the KLR and I have my wheels off to replace the original tires...my initial thought was I'd replace ALL the wheel bearings just as preventative maintenance (bike has 3,300 miles), but the parts guy at the dealership talked me out of it and said clean them, grease them and they should be good.

Can you give me the contact info for ordering sealed bearings from "FRED" and MOOSE? I don't have a clue where to find them....website links would be appreciated. I have searched the archive files, but didn't find exactly what I was looking for.

I have noted that the stock bearings all seem to be sealed on only ONE side....is that correct?

I don't have the tool to get the bearings out to repack them, so I'm kinda in a quandry as to what to do next. The maint manual I have says to use a special tool to remove the bearings. I am concerned that if I don't have that tool I will either damage the bearings I am trying to grease/reuse or that I will damage the wheel. Is there another way to remove the bearings?

Thank you for your time and advice...Rick
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-01-2010, 05:38 PM
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Rick,

I see that a lot of people have read your post but nobody has offered up any advice. Maybe you have to know the secret handshake before anyone here will help. Who knows. Anyway, with such low mileage, I'd think the bearings should be fine unless the bike saw a lot of off road riding. Most likely, you should be able to clean and repack your existing bearings and be good to go. I would pull them out, clean them with some solvent, dry them off and repack em. I don't remember needing any special tool to remove them but then my klr is pretty old ( an 84) As for new sealed bearings, I guess that would depend on how you use the bike. I would think the stock bearings should work just fine under normal use. If you use a pressure washer to clean the bike, stay away from them. I've seen people blow much of the grease out and have the bearings wear out very quickly.
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Hello...I am new to the KLR and I have my wheels off to replace the original tires...my initial thought was I'd replace ALL the wheel bearings just as preventative maintenance (bike has 3,300 miles), but the parts guy at the dealership talked me out of it and said clean them, grease them and they should be good.

Can you give me the contact info for ordering sealed bearings from "FRED" and MOOSE? I don't have a clue where to find them....website links would be appreciated. I have searched the archive files, but didn't find exactly what I was looking for.

I have noted that the stock bearings all seem to be sealed on only ONE side....is that correct?

I don't have the tool to get the bearings out to repack them, so I'm kinda in a quandry as to what to do next. The maint manual I have says to use a special tool to remove the bearings. I am concerned that if I don't have that tool I will either damage the bearings I am trying to grease/reuse or that I will damage the wheel. Is there another way to remove the bearings?

Thank you for your time and advice...Rick
Sometimes you can tap the bearings out from the opposite side with a socket that will fit inside the wheel opening,,but its not the best way to it. They could be "pressed in" with a hydraulic press. The tool may save your bearing race from getting F%#$%^KD up,,not sure
Do you have the kawi factory service manual? I can look in mine and see what it says. Theres 2 manuals to the KLR 650,,,the "base" and the "supplemental" you kind of need both I think because of design updates over the years. BTW,,,3,000 or so miles is not really that many miles on those bearings,,unless ridden in streams,,,lots of mud ect,,so you may just be able to clean,,grease,,,go.

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Can you give me the contact info for ordering sealed bearings from "FRED" and MOOSE? I don't have a clue where to find them....website links would be appreciated. I have searched the archive files, but didn't find exactly what I was looking for.
Fred is Fred Hink at Arrowhead Motorsports.. He sells bearings that are sold by Moose Racing..

http://www.angelfire.com/ut/moab/parts_frames.html

Click on the KLR link and then on Drive.. The bearing sets are listed towards the bottom of the page.

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Thanks to the folks who replied and assisted me. I did chat with a couple folks from the forum off-line and got some help.

I have a Clymer manual and it is quite good. It recommended a special tool to knock out the bearings...I found one reasonably on the internet and it worked like a champ. 50 bucks total, shipping included to my zip code. I have used "make shift" tools to knock out bearings in the past and I have damaged the hub and bearings even when being very careful. So if you want to see the tool see 4strokes.com/reviews/pitposse/wbremover/

Then I found Fred and ordered all new double sealed bearings (Moose Racing brand, marked made in China), which were very reasonable. I have not completely reassembled the bike due to some out of town visitors. I plan to clean the original bearings, repack them and keep them for spares, etc. I hated to reassemble the bike without at least cleaning and repacking them. And I really prefered to go back with double sealed bearings.

Right now I am just holding for some free time to do a final cleaning on the wheels and reinsert the double sealed bearings and put the wheels back on the bike.

Glancing at the Moose bearing package I noted they are made in China. I have noted that some dislike China bearings, but when I looked closely at the stock bearings in the wheels....some were marked made in China...some made in Japan. Would I prefer a quality bearing made in USA....yes. As most know it is increasingly hard to find products made in USA. Very hard.

I truly appreciate those taking the time to send me a notes.

I love my KLR...first one I have had and it is like a TRACTOR...a dirt bike that will do 80 mph + !!!!

Thanks again....Rick
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