Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Dang I joined that other club
I would put the drive on without making any bearing changes. In my opinion, the bearing has never been the culprit, but something else in the way the drives were manufactured and assembled.
I am pretty sure the "old" 19 ball bearing and the "new" one are the exact same bearing, both by SKF. Someone please correct me if wrong.
The 17 ball bearing that saw a rather brief apperance was made by FAG.
As I recently posted in another thread, my take is that manufacture and assembly processes were the problem, NOT the bearings themselves.
I would NEVER open and mess with a factory unit that has no problems, as it just may outlast the bike. Trying to change the bearing without GOOD preload measuring capability is a total crap shoot, and you could end up with unit more likely to fail than you started out with.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.