Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Re: 2004 K1200LT Front Wheel Installation Problems
Something looks odd in pictures 3 and 6.
It may be an optical illusion since the picture is axial to the wheel, but it appears to me that the bearing race is flush with the seal surface rather than behind it. Actually, though I have not seen the bearing in my front wheel as I have never had the grease seal out, it almost looks like the bearing was pushed to the left side of the wheel causing the grease seal to be pushed out of the wheel. In looking at the MaxBMW fiche, it is hard to tell the bearing seal from the grease seal on the axle.
Also, in picture 3 I can see all of the wear grooves on the left side spacer from the seal lip and normally the groove on the side towards the seal should be inside the seal and not visible. The left side spacer should go inside the seal lip and it looks in your picture number 6 that there is a metal ring flush with the outside of the hub so that the spacer can not go in the normal 8 mm or so inside the outer axle shaft seal.
Again, pure speculation here as I can’t tell from the perspective in the picture, but it sure looks to me that something moved the left bearing 6-8 mm outward pushing out the grease/dust seal for the axle shaft and leaving the bearing flush with the wheel hub.
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