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« on: October 13, 2013, 01:34:42 AM »

Looks like I might get a chance to use those wheel bearings I bought off Duster at the rally.  Robin and I were out on a ride today and I noticed the rear of the bike did not feel quite right.  Stopped and checked to see if I have a low tire and it was fine.  Put the bike up on the centerstand and found the rear had a little side to side play in it.  It still turned smoothly and did not make any noise but I'm pretty sure the wheel bearings are going south.  I rode it the 60 miles back home with no issues and parked it up on the lift.  I'll pull the wheel off in the next couple of days and check the bearings out but I figure I will be changing them. 

What I don't know is if the bearings I got from Duster are for the front or back wheel.  I'll have to compare them when I get the old ones out.  Those bearings have 102,443 miles on them now so I guess I got my money's worth out of them. 
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013, 01:37:20 AM »

I'd say you got your money worth.  Hope it is an easy fix.


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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2013, 08:30:09 AM »

Wow Buffalo, that is some amazing life for a set of wheel bearings. I usually change mine once every couple of years. Looks as if I have been wasting a lot of money.

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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2013, 05:13:16 PM »

I'd say you got your money worth.  Hope it is an easy fix.

Shouldn't be any big deal.  Haven't changed them on a 650 but shouldn't be any more of a problem than on any other vehicle I have changed them on.  It' s pretty simple procedure.   
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2013, 05:15:18 PM »

I've actually changed them on the Bet & Win, if I can do it anyone can.
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2013, 05:17:58 PM »

Wow Buffalo, that is some amazing life for a set of wheel bearings. I usually change mine once every couple of years. Looks as if I have been wasting a lot of money.

I follow the practice of checking them anytime I have a reason to pull the wheel off and as long as they are tight and smooth I leave them alone.   
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2013, 05:01:24 PM »

For a fellow who can tear one of these down & put it back together all by his self. This job should be a piece of cake!

Still I hope all goes well for you with no unexpected problems!
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2013, 12:38:03 AM »

Most of you don't know the story about the bearings.......
on the day that our group visited Cumberland Gap, I was
riding sweeper/tail-gunner.
As we came through Middlesboro, on our way back to the Corbin area,
I sensed a problem with my front wheel bearings. I dropped out of line
as we came out of town, turned around, & went back to a YAMAHA dealer
we had just passed.
Long story short....it was 3:30 on a Friday afternoon...no appointment.
The bearings that I needed, they had, but were in a repair kit for an ATV.
I had to purchase 2 kits to get the bearings needed for my repair.
They told me that the extra new bearings fit a 650 Burgman.  I had no need
for them, so Buffalo offered to buy them from me...Thank You sir.
So...3:30 on a Friday afternoon..about 400 miles from home, I was
fixed-up, & back on the road in 1 hour & 15 minutes. Amazing service.
Tommy's MotorSports, Middlesboro, KY.
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2013, 02:15:56 AM »

Thanks for recounting that story, Duster.  That outfit needs to be lauded for helping you as quickly as they did.
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2013, 02:32:36 AM »

Yes, that was outstanding!

I'm so glad that road was closed and we had to turn around.  Everything happens for a reason...
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2013, 03:09:35 AM »

I wrote a letter to the owner of the busines....
related the story & said thanks again for the
quick service...a thumbs-up & a yellow smily-face
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2013, 08:50:46 PM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2013, 01:33:04 AM »

Finally went out to work on the bike today.  Had delayed it because my bum knee was acting up from over use so I had to rest it a couple of days. 

Looks like I spoke to soon on how big a deal changing the bearings would be.  In practice it should have been fairly simple except when I went to pull the right hand bearing out the inter race pulled out leaving the outer race stuck in the wheel.  I don't have a puller that can get the race out and there is no way to drive it out from the back side.  I can probably get it out with a pilot bearing puller but I can't find a local source for one big enough.  I did find one on Amazon for $18.25 so I ordered it.  Will now have to wait for it to come in before I can proceed. 

I have found out that the bearings I got from Duster don't fit the back wheel so I will have to buy them.  Local auto parts store has them for $6 each so no big deal.  I will also have to buy a new dust seal as the old one was damaged by the bad bearing. 
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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2013, 09:26:38 PM »

The job is always easier when you have the right tool.  With the pilot bearing puller I had the stuck race out in no time at all.  If you have a bearing come apart when you try to remove it I can recommend this as a good method to get the remaining race out.  The puller I bought was the Tekton 5740 3-jaw pilot bearing puller. 

Now I'm going to give the wheel a real good cleaning and then start putting it back together.  Can't remount the wheel just yet though because I could not find a local source for the dust seals.  Ended up having to order them from Suzuki and they will not be in until Mon or Tues. 
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