Re-grease your sprocket carrier bearing while still in the hub!
I was putting on a new rear tire just before a planned ride and figured I'd check the bearings while I was at it. I have 43,000 mi. on my DL650. The wheel bearings felt OK, but the sprocket hub bearing was dry. I mean DRY. I could grasp the spacer between my fingers and spin it like a top for about 3 or 4 seconds. There was NO grease in it. There wasn't any noticeable play and it felt smooth and not notchy, so I figured I'd somehow try to re-grease it. The grease seal on the sprocket hub has been worn for quite some time and I should have replaced it long ago.
First, I tapped out the spacer from the inner race of the bearing. I got out my big bearing packer and was able to fit it to either side of the hub and put the grease gun to it. After scooping out a pound of extra grease from the bearing area and cleaning it all up with paper towels, I spun it and could feel plenty of resistance indicating that the grease had found it's way into the bearing. I took it for a 250 mi. ride with no issues and I'll run it until my new bearing set comes in. Maybe longer.
"Build a man a fire and he'll be warm for the night. Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life." - Confuseus
Last edited by jackpiner57; 03-23-2010 at 08:10 PM.