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post #1 of 5 Old 03-17-2013, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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front wheel bearing failure 50 miles away..

Last Sunday morning, with zero warning, my right side front wheel bearing disintegrated while exploring some new dirt roads over 50 miles from home (80k miles on the bearings). I pulled over and checked the wheel and that's when I noticed the bad wobble. With a wobbly front end, I drove 15mph home(2.5 hours) there was 4 ball bearings left...that's it. Just a bunch of metal shavings.I went to Applied Industrial Technology and picked up a set of SKF 6203-2rs. $25a a pair and are sealed on each side! A fraction of OEMs but much better quality. The left side bearing was in great shape but the other was trashed.....I wander why one disintegrated and the other side was in great shape.......?

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-17-2013, 08:35 AM
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Well, glad it didn't leave you stranded... Maybe seal wasn't as good as the other bearing... ? Maybe the way it was greased (or lack thereof) at assembly?

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post #3 of 5 Old 03-17-2013, 11:26 AM
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One cause of failure can be if the spacer between the two bearings is the incorect length,which was a well known common fault with my model guzzi, factory installed. 030" to short spacer causing a side load on bearing after axle was titened resulting in eventual failer. Suzuki service manuel shows a spacerbetween front wheel bearings. when I replaced mine guzzi bearing I installed one side then measured the distance from that race to the other bearing seat and shimed the tube spacer to that length,after second bearing was installed the spacer had no play.

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Thats unusual for one to disintegrate with no warning. When was the last time you stuck your finger in them and spun the wheel to check them? Even a small gritty feeling is reason to change them out.

Having this happen at high speed could have been much worse.

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stuck your finger in them and spun the wheel to check them? Even a small gritty feeling is reason to change them out.
Exactly! The smallest noise or rough spot is the sign that they're dying.

The original seals are removable. One seal could have been out of place and allowed dirt and water to enter that bearing. The -2RS bearings used for replacement have two resilient seals (thus 2RS) on the sides and long life grease inside.

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