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post #1 of 10 Old 06-10-2013, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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2011 KLR Rear bearings gone bad at 8000 miles?

Have you ever heard of a klr having bad rear wheel bearings at 8000 miles? I just had a shop change my tires out a week ago and I suspect that the rear wheel was not re-assembled correctly. I went for a ride yesterday and without warning, I heard a grinding sound so I pulled over and my sprocket was loose as hell and was hitting my swing arm, and took a nice little gouge out of it. I need some ammo, because he told me that the bearing just went bad. I call BS. Am I wrong?
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Have you ever heard of a klr having bad rear wheel bearings at 8000 miles? I just had a shop change my tires out a week ago and I suspect that the rear wheel was not re-assembled correctly. I went for a ride yesterday and without warning, I heard a grinding sound so I pulled over and my sprocket was loose as hell and was hitting my swing arm, and took a nice little gouge out of it. I need some ammo, because he told me that the bearing just went bad. I call BS. Am I wrong?
I probably would have YELLED BS, but...




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Sounds more like they had the axle spacers misplaced/missing. Overtightend axle nut?

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thats sucks, sorry to hear

if i truly suspected it was due to incorrect installation, i would have checked, photographed and documented the assembly (spacers, alignment, etc.. ). if something wasn't installed right, i would have taken it to a different shop and paid them to inspect the installation and report. then gone back to the original shop, played dumb and started asking questions, then just pointed at the wrongly installed part and said " is that in the right place??"

hope you can get it worked out but if they already have the bike back and taken apart, it will be a tough job to prove it was assembled wrong (if it was).
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this is why i never take my bike to dealers or shops, i fix my own stuff. i would think it was an install problem

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Have you ever heard of a klr having bad rear wheel bearings at 8000 miles? I just had a shop change my tires out a week ago and I suspect that the rear wheel was not re-assembled correctly. I went for a ride yesterday and without warning, I heard a grinding sound so I pulled over and my sprocket was loose as hell and was hitting my swing arm, and took a nice little gouge out of it. I need some ammo, because he told me that the bearing just went bad. I call BS. Am I wrong?
Hi Exploregon,
The rear bearings on my "03 were shot when I bought it used with only 2200 miles on it. You could move the wheel substantially side to side though not as much as you describe. I don't know if it was contamination or incorrect tightening of the rear axel but when I replaced the bearings there were no further issues. The factory doesn't use sealed bearings which I find astounding considering what KLRs are meant for.
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^^what these guys said about the spacers.
8k bearing???? bs all day with a side of wtf

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The factory doesn't use sealed bearings which I find astounding considering what KLRs are meant for.
!! Really? That seems nutty.
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Was this the first time you'd ridden it since they put the wheel back on? What's the history of the bike? Did you buy it used?

Would it be possible to put the spacers on the wrong sides? It seems if they did that, the brake disc/caliper wouldn't line up. I wonder if they failed to put the left side spacer back in? Might be wrong, though, I've never done it.

I suppose stranger things have happened, but the timing of this "failure" makes me think they didn't put the left side spacer back in. It would be hard not to notice the right one being gone. Not saying a bearing can't fail due to neglect (i.e. a lot of water crossings, previous owner not putting enough grease in it or having a brain fart and putting it back in with no grease at all) but the timing of it happening right after it was reinstalled is most likely not a coincidence.

On the other hand, if a spacer were left out and the wheel tried to migrate left or right, wouldn't it bind up the rear brake? Doesn't the bracket that the rear brake caliper is attached to slide in a groove on the swingarm that allows it to slide fore/aft but would prevent it from moving left/right with the wheel, thus causing the disc and caliper to bind to the scorching point?

It seems leaving one of the spacers out would allow contaminants into the bearing, but would it allow the bearing to migrate out of the wheel or fling out all its grease in such a short time? (Don't know how long the ride was.)

I'm with toslow. I don't trust the buffoons at shops. Even if it weren't part of the prescribed "procedure," any mechanic (or "technician") worth his salt would have at least stuck his fingers in those bearings while the wheel was off and turned them to check for any discernable play or binding.

I'm sure if the bearing was that close to failure, a finger and brain would have recognized it, but I'm sure they didn't check them otherwise they would have been trying to sell you a new set of rear wheel bearings.

Anyway, my above-mentioned scenarios are questions more than statements of facts. I'd never really thought about the results of an improper rear wheel install.

How bad's the gouge in the swingarm?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's interested in hearing the final verdict on this if you're able to figure out exactly what happened.




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!! Really? That seems nutty.
Each bearing is sealed only on the outboard side. This allows contaminants to enter from the inboard side and the grease can get out of the bearing as well. I replaced mine with bearings sealed on both sides. Keeps the crap out and the grease in!
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