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Old 09-29-2009, 07:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wheel Bearings (again)

I just bought some new wheel bearings off of eBay and just wanted to update you on other options. Many threads here already on bearings along with options such as Timkens besides the stock ones. I wouldn't mind getting the Timkens but at $25 a piece they are a bit expensive if you are doing a lot of miles.
The 05 manual states to replace the bearings every 10,000 miles but newer manuals don't state this so check your manual as they may have changed bearing manufacturers that have different requirements. (Not many BD's see a lot of miles!!! )
Anyway here is the latest bearings I received recently. They are made or obtained from USA Bearings and Belts. USA Bearings and Belts
I thought I would be getting bearings made in the USA as we all thrive to support our own country but was a bit disappointed when it turned out they are made in China which I believe the stock BDM are made also!!
These USA Bearings are $6.95 a piece and includes shipping. The stock bearings are $8.50 a piece and you will most likely have to pay shipping. eBay Store - USA Bearings and Belts: Single Row Radial Bearings, Pillow Block Bearings, Sprockets

Here are the differences. Make your own conclusions.

Stock BDM on left, USA Bearing on right. My issues with the stock bearings from my past threads have been the lack of grease inside. I always re-pack them to fill them up. This alone has created posts saying this is not a good thing to do but again you can do your own research and come to your own conclusions on filling them up with grease:


Here a stock BDM bearing I checked after having it pressed into the hub:


And after I fixed it!!! Again some say not to pack them as they are sealed but if you are replacing them every 10,000 miles I'm packing them.


Stock number 6205-2RS-16:


Stock BDM bearings bottom and new USA bearings in bag:


Stock BDM bearings shown with very little grease in them:


Here is the last set I removed from my front wheel. This gives you an idea of why you want to replace them as scheduled: Brake side on right.


Your bike takes 5 bearings total. Two in front and three in the rear. The drive side has double bearings.

It's always good to have a little helper as an assistant:


So I am happy with the USA Bearings and think they are a bit better, maybe it's just cause they have more grease in them so guess I won't know till I get some miles on them.
My rear tire is ready for re-placement this winter since it was last replaced in Daytona last spring and that's been a lot of miles ago.

I will add that packing them probably helps displace water and you all know I ride in lots of rain (Knotso drags me into it!) so taking a hint from Dogvet who was an employee of BDM I pack them and then pack the seal also.

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Correction!

Let me correct myself here.

I started this thread on the rear wheel bearings so should have stated that in the title!!

When Can-Dog asked his question I had wheel manufacturers on the brain instead of front and rear as he asked. My mistake and I apologize for the confusion. Thanks Sul for straightening me out!

I did the thread on front wheel last summer and it's here:
How To "Change Frt Tire"

So for clarification here are the proper part numbers for the BDM manufactured wheels. If you have PM or RC wheels you may have different bearings. These numbers are for the BDM produced wheels now that they are making or contracting out there own designs.

Front:
6204RS-12




Rear:
6205-16 RS or 6205RS-1"

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Old 09-29-2009, 07:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As always, thanks for the information. I wasn't aware that bearings needed to be replaced at that interval. Did the bearings on the rear brake side look like those in the pic too? Brake dust takes its toll on those bearings.

Who do you order from?

Thanks Ray. Is your helper available to work with me when I change my bearings? Bet he has lots more experience than I do.
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thanks Ray - being as ignorant as I am on these things and I've been thinking about changing the bearings on both our bikes you got any tips on getting the old bearings out and the new bearings in? I suppose you just bank them out and then make a press type thingy with a threaded rod and some thick washers for getting the new ones in. Also freezing them overnight would help I guess. I didn't even know you could get inside sealed bearings to grease them up.
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Thanks Ray for the pics. I am going to replace mine this winter and a friends also. I don't like anything made of steel from China. We have gotten alot weak bolts, chain and such hear at work that came from China. They just don't have the quality control there.

At the rpms these bearings are turning you can't get too much grease in them.
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thanks Ray - being as ignorant as I am on these things and I've been thinking about changing the bearings on both our bikes you got any tips on getting the old bearings out and the new bearings in? I suppose you just bank them out and then make a press type thingy with a threaded rod and some thick washers for getting the new ones in. Also freezing them overnight would help I guess. I didn't even know you could get inside sealed bearings to grease them up.
Lee, I just take the hubs down to my local auto parts shop and have them press out the old ones and press in the new ones. He usually does it for a 6-pack of beer!

I don't have the equipment to do it at home. It takes a big brake press but I've know some that punch them out and replace them at home.
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Lee its worth a shot to do the oven & freeze trick.
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Thanks Ray. Is your helper available to work with me when I change my bearings? Bet he has lots more experience than I do.
Brad, I added link to the eBay site where I ordered these.

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look in craigslist or ebay for an arbor press. got mine for 75 bucks and it must weigh 125 lbs. a nice tool to have handy.
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thanks Ray , before i put the next k9 back together ( whenever it gets here, still waiting)( Australia ) i will change all the bearings as it has done 9000 miles
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