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post #1 of 4 Old 04-20-2006, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Change fork oil and wheel bearings?

I have on 02 DL 1000 with 20,000 miles on the clock. It was well maintained by the previous owner but I don't think he ever changed the fork oil and I am sure the wheel bearings have never been repacked. The local dealer service tech says the wheel bearings are "sealed" and don't need to be repacked. I am wondering if that is correct? Has anyone changed the fork oil and repaced the wheel bearings? What was the mileage when you did it? What was your experience in doing the work?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-20-2006, 03:03 PM
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The wheel bearings are "sealed". The seals can be removed with a dental pick or similar tool and greased. I did that to mine when it was new.

The japanese seem to have a phobia about grease. The headstock, swingarm, linkage and wheel bearings were all nearly dry.

Are the bearings rusty, galled or show signs of damage? At that mileage I'd be inclined to just replace them. Get quality items from a bearing supply house and be done for another 20k miles.

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-20-2006, 03:15 PM
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The wheel bearings are not designed to be removed and regreased.

There are some who work grease past the seals or even managed to drive the wheel bearings out and regrease them, but personally, I think you're more likely to screw up a perfectly good bearing. I monitor them for problems (which is easy - just get the wheel off the ground and check for play or gritty rotation) and when they go bad, replace them with new. Generally, I get 50K+ out of a streetbike wheel bearing. Replacing them is easy if you're ever done it before - it's cave man mechanics with hammers and punches but there are a few tricks which make it easier. But unless there is a problem, I'd ride on.

Changing the fork oil wouldn't be a bad idea about now. It's easy, although you do have to remove the forks and you want to be sure you understand how to get the right amount of oil back in - setting the level properly is a bit of an art.

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post #4 of 4 Old 04-21-2006, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Change fork oil and wheel bearings?

Thanks All for the information!

My front wheel still rolls easily with no indcation of pitted bearings. I think I will run for a while as is. I like the idea of replacing the bearings with a high quality set from a bearing specialty business when the time comes.

I am going to replace the fork oil this weekend. The procedure in the manual looks like it is not too complex for someone like me with some limited experience in mechanics.
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