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Old 06-16-2011, 09:55 AM   #37636
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Hey fast question on wheel bearings...

I noticed that my Strom rear wheel has very minor play if I grab it and push / pull it side to side. Minor as in maybe 5 mm. It also makes a "clicking" noise when I do this. There is no grinding and the wheel spins quietly and freely. 2007 with 54,000 miles, never had bearings done.

By contrast, Meredith's does not do this; the wheel is solid and quiet.

Bearings going? Or normal?
I don't think that this is normal. It sounds like the bearings are worn, but have not completely failed. I would recommend that you change them. 5mm is a little more than 3/16 in. I consider that a lot of play for a wheel.

If they fail, then the outer race separates from the inner race and it can be very difficult to get the outer race out of the wheel because there is nothing to grab onto. If they are still intact, they are very easy to pull even without the proper tools.

I am sure that you know that there is generally no reason to buy bearings from the bike dealer. Most bikes have very standard bearings that can be purchased much cheaper from other sources.

My experience is not V-Strom specific as I have not changed any bearings on this bike yet.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:55 AM   #37637
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Had a follow up appointment yesterday and it looks like I have to have the collar bone screwed & plated Monday. Also found a small tear in my knee ligament but no surgery required just a hinged brace for a few weeks. The lung is slowly repairing, not at full capacity but signs of improvement. Ribs still hurt but I can take fairly deep breaths now.
Healing sucks but keep doing all the therapy they throw your way. It's always slow from the patient's perspective but worth it.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:57 AM   #37638
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Hey fast question on wheel bearings...

I noticed that my Strom rear wheel has very minor play if I grab it and push / pull it side to side. Minor as in maybe 5 mm. It also makes a "clicking" noise when I do this. There is no grinding and the wheel spins quietly and freely. 2007 with 54,000 miles, never had bearings done.

By contrast, Meredith's does not do this; the wheel is solid and quiet.

Bearings going? Or normal?
Might've gotten sand/dirt in the wheel and sort-of sanded down a bearing or spacer. Not a professional, just a guess based on the same thing happening to a bearing in my bike. Here's a cross section and parts list if you feel like checking it out.

http://www.bikebandit.com/2007-suzuk...9094#sch649357
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:26 AM   #37639
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I like to take a break in DeRivera park and watch what goes by to and from the bars. Not as much fun as it was in the 80s, but still OK.
Its still fun on the weekends plenty of hot college age tail and easy hookups. If you're into that stuff
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:37 AM   #37640
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Meef, that sounds like excessive play...I'd change 'em, and get sealed bearings when you do (OEM's are not sealed).

Very easy to change, lots of youtube vids on the process you don't need a puller or anything, a long punch should be able to smack them out from the other side...but a puller's cleaner (I've got one if you wanna use it).

You can use a long threaded bolt with big washers (just big enough to cover the outer bearing race) and tighten both sides till it seats...or pound them in with the old bearing then a big socket if you like to hit stuff.

I generally take a new bearing, pop the dust seal, and slather some high-temp grease in there as most come without enough.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:13 AM   #37641
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Not normal. I'm of the opinion that if I can feel any play, it's too much.
+1 . Any play is bad IMO, especially on a 500 lb street bike. A few months ago in Moab my buddy felt some play in his rear wheel bearings. It was rather minimal (I checked it too), so he decided he would wait until after the trip to change them (cleaner work environment than a campground). Well, the third day into the trip they blew out in the middle of long trail ride. He was able to limp the bike out to a gravel road, but it was ugly. Fortunately it was one of the easier/flatter trails there. If it happened on the Porcupine Rim trail it would have been a disaster.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:24 AM   #37642
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Yeah, if I had it to do again I'd tell them no on the plate a screws and lets just wait a couple months and see if it can heal naturally. I still get swelling and discomfort around my ankle and it's been almost a year now.
Yeah natural is the way to go and you get nifty shoes also
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:27 AM   #37643
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Sad news for friends of Holt BMW. The mechanic, Bill, passed away a few weeks ago after battling cancer.
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:13 PM   #37644
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Sad news for friends of Holt BMW. The mechanic, Bill, passed away a few weeks ago after battling cancer.
Ahhh man
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:33 PM   #37645
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Hey fast question on wheel bearings...

I noticed that my Strom rear wheel has very minor play if I grab it and push / pull it side to side. Minor as in maybe 5 mm. It also makes a "clicking" noise when I do this. There is no grinding and the wheel spins quietly and freely. 2007 with 54,000 miles, never had bearings done.

By contrast, Meredith's does not do this; the wheel is solid and quiet.

Bearings going? Or normal?
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Not normal. I'm of the opinion that if I can feel any play, it's too much.

I agree with SoD and everyone else...that bearing needs to come out asap. If it was 1 or 2 mm, you could let em ride a bit, but 5 mm is way too much.
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:41 PM   #37646
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Thanks all, I will change 'em out!
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:47 PM   #37647
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Pic of the GSX650F. 30mm bar risers, Givi touring windshield, tank cover and Wolfman panniers. Lots of fun, holds steady on the freeway, kind of heavy but hopefully a good touring machine.

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Old 06-16-2011, 12:51 PM   #37648
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:03 PM   #37649
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So this morning I rode over to Lima to pick up a few things, and on the way home I stopped in at the local dealer. Got to BS'ing with one of the sales guys I've known for years, and in the process somehow my bike transformed itself from this:



To this:

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Old 06-16-2011, 01:11 PM   #37650
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Anal beads, looks like you're ready for anything now.
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