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post #1 of 17 Old 08-31-2009, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Rear axle weeping grease?

I'm assuming this is normal, but want to make sure. My 09 Wee has 1583 miles on it. I noticed a bit of grease weeping around the left side of the rear axle. I assumed it was normal, just wanted to confirm.


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post #2 of 17 Old 08-31-2009, 07:09 PM
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Inside there is a Carrier Bearing that is not sealed.
The grease you see is from the bearing.
Your outer seal may have an imperfection letting that grease slip by.
If it was my bike I'd have it checked out.
If there is a problem with the bearing...replace it(or all three, 2 in the wheel, 1 in the carrier) with All Balls Sealed Bearings.
It's easy and cheap insurance.

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It is an indication that you are loosing the grease in the carrier bearing.

I replaced all my wheel brgs with completely sealed ones. The originals (one of them anyways) had extreme wear, to the point the wheel was no longer tight.

No more problems since going to double sealed bearings.


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post #4 of 17 Old 08-31-2009, 07:59 PM
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...I replaced all my wheel brgs with completely sealed ones...
Where did you find the aftermarlet carrier bearing?

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Where did you find the aftermarlet carrier bearing?

Amotostuff has kits.........

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post #6 of 17 Old 08-31-2009, 08:17 PM
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Complete kits to do the whole bike(5 bearings) I believe.
Seals and all.

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sealed bearings

i had a friend who would take his new sealed bearings and remove the seal and add more grease then replace the seal . he claimed they under grease the bearings so they can sell more ? . on my enduro bike i changed alot of rear bearings usually koyo brand[ korea] , once i paid 3x as much for some skf bearings made in europe as thats all the store had . the SKF bearings lasted way longer and were worth the extra cost

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post #8 of 17 Old 08-31-2009, 11:33 PM
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Japanese, European and American bearings seem to hold up well. The Amotostuff bearings come from All-Balls which are made in China and don't hold up as well.

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post #9 of 17 Old 09-01-2009, 07:50 AM
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Do you have a line on Sealed Bearing that do hold up well Pat?

The All Balls ones that I did last year looked pretty nice...I'm just sayin...and were definitely an upgrade from the junk that comes stock.

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Any bearing supply house will be able to get them... They'll need the part number off the old ones and you just need to tell them you want double-sealed ones in a name brand. (e.g. SKF, Fafnir, FAG, NTN, National to name a few....) I've always been able to find equivalent quality bearings from the local supply house for ANYthing I work on (and as a machine repair leader in a test lab, I see a lot of stuff, metric and english) always at a fraction of the cost of any OEM or aftermarket supply house. My latest example was bearings for a belt sander in our shop: From the OEM: $94 for four bearings (cheap Chinese junk to boot). From the local bearing supplier: SKF double-sealed ball bearings, all four for $19.

Don't be afraid to call them and ask... You'd be surprised.

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