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Front Wheel Bearings

This weekend as I was changing a front tire,I noticed the bearings were unable to move. Inserting a wooden handle allowed me to turn the bearings but both were hard and notchy. Is there any reason to stick with the dealer supplied bearings versus a reputable bearing supplier?

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As long as you match bearings, any reputable supplier should do.

How many miles is on your LT? I am wondering if the bearings should be replaced say at 100K as preventative maintenance?

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As long as you match bearings, any reputable supplier should do.

How many miles is on your LT? I am wondering if the bearings should be replaced say at 100K as preventative maintenance?
Thanks,my LT has 61k miles,but these are on a second front wheel that I bought used a few years ago with no clue as to mileage.

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Too much maintenance

Dan, you're working on the LT too much. Quit looking at stuff! (Ha!)

Once I get mine all back together (if ever) I'm just going to ride it until it turns to dust or bursts into flames!

I usually check my front bearings too when I change tires and they feel OK so far at almost 50K. San Jose BMW's site recommends changing at 40k but i think I'll go until I notice some change like you have.

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I went 137,000 miles on the original bearings on my 2000 K1200LT before I sold it. Sounds like something is wrong. The only bearings I replaced were those on the fork slider bridge at around 90,000 miles, mostly because the bearing boot was torn and I replaced the front shock.
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I went 137,000 miles on the original bearings on my 2000 K1200LT before I sold it. Sounds like something is wrong. The only bearings I replaced were those on the fork slider bridge at around 90,000 miles, mostly because the bearing boot was torn and I replaced the front shock.
For all I know this wheel may have had 100k on it. I purchased it on ebay a few years ago.

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They are a bear to change out. I sweated my ass off, while watching Hank at Rhinewest do it. I even heard Hank say a cuss word!!!



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They are a bear to change out. I sweated my ass off, while watching Hank at Rhinewest do it. I even heard Hank say a cuss word!!!
Sure glad you were watching and not working

As far as changing them:
On my old K you need to heat the hub up to around 200 - 250 degrees to remove the bearing. I am lucky that we have an industrial oven at work that I could throw the whole rim in. At the above mentioned temperature I was able to carefully drive the old bearings out with a long drift punch. There is not much of a lip for access so the heat is critical.

To install, freeze the bearings and keep the rim hot, they drop right in. I had to hold them until the rim cooled so they wouldn't fall out.

Without an oven they would be a challenge.

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For all I know this wheel may have had 100k on it. I purchased it on ebay a few years ago.

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They could have been hit with a power washer for all you know. That'll kill bearings pretty quickly.

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An ample dose of dry heat to the rims bearing support areas from a "HEAT GUN" will make getting them out a LOT easier.

As previously stated ... A Pressure washer cleaning around the seals will KILL the bearings very quickly !!

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An ample dose of dry heat to the rims bearing support areas from a "HEAT GUN" will make getting them out a LOT easier.

As previously stated ... A Pressure washer cleaning around the seals will KILL the bearings very quickly !!
I bought a heat gun to help repair my final drive a while back. I will be using that as soon as the bearings come in.

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