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Front wheel bearing maintenance.

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Front wheel bearing maintenance.

Post by Michelle » Mon May 13, 2019 6:29 am

How often should the front wheel bearings be re-greased? Is it done by date, or after a certain number of miles? and is it best to take the bike to the experts and have them do it?
My bike is a 1988 XV400 and so I have no record of when it was done last, if ever.
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Re: Front wheel bearing maintenance.

Post by ViragoJoe » Mon May 13, 2019 9:04 am

Michelle wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 6:29 am
How often should the front wheel bearings be re-greased? Is it done by date, or after a certain number of miles? and is it best to take the bike to the experts and have them do it?
My bike is a 1988 XV400 and so I have no record of when it was done last, if ever.
Hi Michelle,
Front wheel bearings are sealed with grease within them. They can last from 85,000 to 100,000 miles (136.794 to 160,934 Kilometers). Depending on the terrain they can fail before that. To re-grease you just change out the bearing with a new one.

1987-1999 XV535 Front Wheel Bearing:

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1987-1999 XV535 Front Wheel Bearing.jpg
One source:
https://www.bossbearing.com/Front-Wheel ... sb-362.htm

Read this post on power washing (Bearings):
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=862&p=2773&hilit=bearing#p2773
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Re: Front wheel bearing maintenance.

Post by Michelle » Mon May 13, 2019 9:44 am

Wow. Ok. So when would you know the bearings were on their way out? I mean... is there a way to tell?
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Re: Front wheel bearing maintenance.

Post by ViragoJoe » Mon May 13, 2019 9:49 am

Michelle wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 9:44 am
Wow. Ok. So when would you know the bearings were on their way out? I mean... is there a way to tell?
Yes,
With the front wheel suspended off the ground you grab the tire from the side. Say you are on the right side of the bike. Your right hand on the front of the tire and your left on the rear of the tire. You wiggle the tire from side to side if you feel any free play, time to replace the bearings.
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Re: Front wheel bearing maintenance.

Post by Michelle » Mon May 13, 2019 9:52 am

Ok. Like a car wheel. That's the way to know if the bearing have had it. You grab the top of the car's tyre and try to wiggle it in and out. Excessive play means new bearing needed. Awesome. I'll do this test on my bike this weekend :D
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Re: Front wheel bearing maintenance.

Post by ViragoJoe » Mon May 13, 2019 9:54 am

Michelle wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 9:52 am
Ok. Like a car wheel. That's the way to know if the bearing have had it. You grab the top of the car's tyre and try to wiggle it in and out. Excessive play means new bearing needed. Awesome. I'll do this test on my bike this weekend :D
Yup, exactly!!
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