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The clymer manual says the numbers on the bearings face out. However my bearings numbers were facing inward. Does anyone have knowledge of this. thanks ed
 

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FWIW the BMW factory manual does not specify a direction for the bearings.
 

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They're plain-ole radial ball bearings, there should be no difference which face is out (assuming that they're sealed on both sides).
 

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Just for additional info, 5204 becomes a 3204 (double row angular contact ball bearing) in some parts of the world. To help identifying bearings, multiply the last number X 5 to give you the bore size (not for very small bearings though, below 20 mm, when a code number system is used). Hope this helps.
 
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