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Old 10-08-2013, 03:42 AM
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I'm about to perform several maintenance tasks at 56k miles and have been doing a ton of research on procuring the parts and checking for having the proper tools on hand. Here's my issue; while researching the wheel bearing replacement tools, I see that tool 09921-20240(bearing remover tool) is $640 at the lowest price I can find. DAMMIT STANLEY! I'm not going to pay such a price for a rarely used tool. From old posts here, it looks like I can remove the bearings with a drift(hopefully). I was wondering exactly how this tool works as it appears to be jaw-type puller from the pics that pull from slots machined inside the spacer which would use the spacer to pull the bearing out. Is this correct?
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Look up bearing removal tool on chaparral for bearing removal tool. You end up spending less, you simply have to find the right diameter tool to use with a screwdriver. (Motion Pro Wheel Bearing Remover - Chaparral Motorsports)

I did all my wheel bearings today using a hammer n long screw driver and a heat torch. I must say the hardest part was pulling the first bearing from each wheel... You get the feeling of spanking you young one; "BANG!!! Sorry but this is for your own good...BANG!!!.
All went well, bike runs well.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:40 AM
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If you have aftermarket manuals for any of your motorcycles, they'll show how to remove the bearings with a drift.

There's a slide hammer tool that works pretty well:
Posse BLIND BEARING AND BUSHING REMOVER

Harbor Freight has the exact same set for far less money.
Blind Hole Bearing Puller - Needle Bearing Puller

I have one of these sets, but sometimes you still have to use a drift if the bearings are really stuck in there. The advantage of the blind puller is that it can't do any damage -- with a drift, you can beat up the inside of the spacer a bit.


This is basically a set of inserts with a long wedge:
Posse WHEEL BEARING REMOVER SET
Haven't used this, but the principle looks good and I've heard good things.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:56 PM
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You shouldn't have any problem just using a sacrificial flathead screwdriver and hammer to knock the old bearings out. The second one is easy. The first one, if it's really stuck, benefits from some heat.

Just did my front bearings the other day. Out with the old and in with the new and on the road in half an hour.
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Thanks for the replies. I have the MP expanding collet style bearing remover which "should" do the job. However, I was wondering out the Suzuki tool works as I was looking at the pics in my service manual and it looks like it is designed to grab a slot on the inner spacer which would pull it out while pushing out the bearing ahead of it. I won't know until I remove the bearings and inspect the spacer to see how it grabs. Unless the tool grabs the bearing itself but I don't see how there would be enough of a gap between the spacer and bearing. I like to know these things....and will.
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Oh...one last question or advice, would it be prudent to put a thin coat of anti-seize on the outer bearing races when I press them in so that they will come out easier in the future? I can't see a reason why not as once the bearings and spacer are installed, the outer collar prevent the bearings from moving. Seems like a win/win to me.
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If you have aftermarket manuals for any of your motorcycles, they'll show how to remove the bearings with a drift.

There's a slide hammer tool that works pretty well:
Posse BLIND BEARING AND BUSHING REMOVER

Harbor Freight has the exact same set for far less money.
Blind Hole Bearing Puller - Needle Bearing Puller

I have one of these sets, but sometimes you still have to use a drift if the bearings are really stuck in there. The advantage of the blind puller is that it can't do any damage -- with a drift, you can beat up the inside of the spacer a bit.


This is basically a set of inserts with a long wedge:
Posse WHEEL BEARING REMOVER SET
Haven't used this, but the principle looks good and I've heard good things.

The MP tool is nearly identical to the Pitposse tool you linked to. Since my Wee is an '06 and probably hasn't had the bearings replaced, I'll probably need to heat the hub, but what heat source to use that doesn't ruin the wheel paint/coating? I assume a dual range heat gun?
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Look up bearing removal tool on chaparral for bearing removal tool. You end up spending less, you simply have to find the right diameter tool to use with a screwdriver. (Motion Pro Wheel Bearing Remover - Chaparral Motorsports)

I did all my wheel bearings today using a hammer n long screw driver and a heat torch. I must say the hardest part was pulling the first bearing from each wheel... You get the feeling of spanking you young one; "BANG!!! Sorry but this is for your own good...BANG!!!.
All went well, bike runs well.

Heat torch? What type? Butane? Propane? Electric heat gun? Does your wheel show any visual damage from the torch?
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I have a blind puller myself. Works OK. But last time I had wheels off to let the local shop R&R my tires I found a bad bearing. The shop did my tire mount and bearing replacements on a rear wheel for $45. Basically $25 to mount and balance and $20 to do the bearings. I brought the bearings in with the wheel.

Yes, I know...its cheating but I save my knuckles and profanity for more complicated repairs I do not trust the shop with. If you do your own bearings watch out for wheel damage and above all, drive the new ones in straight or use an arbor press applying any and all force to the outer bearing race.
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