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post #1 of 18 Old 08-26-2019, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Rear wheel bearing?

Checking out the bike I just bought, 2012 V-strom 1000. 30k miles. When I spin the rear wheel on the center stand I get a gravely sound besides the chain clicking over the teeth. Here's the video. You can barely hear it over the chain and wind, but listen for the groan/gravely sound especially when I spin backwards.

There's, also a gap on the front of that rubber washer thing between the swing arm and hub (See photo). It spins freely if I try to move it so I don't know if its just a dust shield or a sign of bad things. Also, on the center stand the rear wheel has a tiny tiny bit of play if I grab it at the top and try and twist side to side to make the read bearing clunk.
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-26-2019, 09:09 PM
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Read this. Sounds like the same thing i just got done fixing.
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...hub-issue.html

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Read this. Sounds like the same thing i just got done fixing.
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...hub-issue.html
Awesome, I am going to take the wheel off and inspect. I don't have a service manual yet, can you tell me the axle nut torque and socket sizes?

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Awesome, I am going to take the wheel off and inspect. I don't have a service manual yet, can you tell me the axle nut torque and socket sizes?
Socket was whatever fit. Book says 72.5 ft lbs dry. Forum says 58ft lbs with antiseize.

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Thanks, I'll take a look tomorrow, trying to budget for winter tires for my car and now the bike needs work, lovely.

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A tiny tiny bit of play by hand is way too much.
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A tiny tiny bit of play by hand is way too much.
Ya and thats with the chain on still. I am going to pull the wheel and check the bearing tomorrow.

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Update:

Last night I changed my rear wheel bearings and cush drive at 30k miles. I've got about 700 miles on the bike since I bought it about 4 weeks ago.

What I found was the last guy put the infamous spacer in backwards which is why I had so much slop in the sproket hub and toasted wheel bearings. Also not sure if this is how they come stock but the bearings in the bike only had a grease seal on one side, so I could clearly see the ball bearings on one side. My new bearings (All Balls) had a grease seal on both sides.

Everything now feels like it's supposed to and the rear axle is about 1/4 inch further forward since it's not taking up the slop in the sprocket. Will be test riding tonight.

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Update:

Last night I changed my rear wheel bearings and cush drive at 30k miles. I've got about 700 miles on the bike since I bought it about 4 weeks ago.

What I found was the last guy put the infamous spacer in backwards which is why I had so much slop in the sproket hub and toasted wheel bearings. Also not sure if this is how they come stock but the bearings in the bike only had a grease seal on one side, so I could clearly see the ball bearings on one side. My new bearings (All Balls) had a grease seal on both sides.

Everything now feels like it's supposed to and the rear axle is about 1/4 inch further forward since it's not taking up the slop in the sprocket. Will be test riding tonight.
My stock bearings were also only sealed on the outside. Did you wind up getting the machined spacer, or did yours seem to space the sprocket hub correctly? That seems to be what ate everything up on my bike, was that the sprocket hub could not seat as far into the cush as it should have been able to, which allowed it to wobble on the spacer.

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My stock bearings were also only sealed on the outside. Did you wind up getting the machined spacer, or did yours seem to space the sprocket hub correctly? That seems to be what ate everything up on my bike, was that the sprocket hub could not seat as far into the cush as it should have been able to, which allowed it to wobble on the spacer.
I'm fairly sure I don't have that problem, apparently 2012s are most likely immune to that, and I checked that my chain is straight going up towards the drive sprocket, there's no play in my sprocket now, it's Rock solid against the wheel. But as with everything time will tell.
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