are wheel bearings a warrenty item?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by m800mm, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. m800mm

    m800mm Adventurer

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    Hey all I was 20 miles from home when my 2011 990 dakar
    shuttered for a second then I slowed down to 10-15 mgh and
    it felt like I was on a grooved pavement, the bike pitching
    left to right, I stopped and put it on the center stand and
    rolled the wheels they seemed ok but the rear had a little
    play, so I nursed it home. The bike has 5500 mile
    and never in water I know the chain needs slack I did
    adjust it awhile back maybe to tight. I haven,t taken it apart
    yet because I wanted some opinions from you all.

    THANK
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  2. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    I see your point, but I think they are going to consider them a "consumable" type of thing, like with chain wear and tires. Bearings not terribly spendy for my bike, but it is a pain to have to fix one more thing.

    Some bikes come with unsealed wheel bearings yet, and are more prone to issue. I dont know about yours though.
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  3. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    My 950 from -04 at least had sealed wheel bearings.

    And guess they are called consumable and not covered.

    If there is play in the wheel double check that its not loose spokes, that I would complain about should that be the case.

    /Johan
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  4. Gustavo.Ramos

    Gustavo.Ramos Been here awhile

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    Dunno, but i work for an automaker in the warranty dept, and in base warranty everything is covered except if it is past due replacement. Bearings are not serviceable, hence they should be covered by warranty.... but i'm no ktm specialist.
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  5. m800mm

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    Well I tried to take the axle out and it appears the bearings are
    froze to the axle, I took a piece of wood and hammer and it will not budge
    anyone have any suggestions? Also called the local dealer and KTMUSA
    and nobody has called back yet.
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  6. v8toilet

    v8toilet Nothing to see here.

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    I would at least see if they can help out. While it may be consumable if it failed prematurely it should be replaced.

    Unless subjected to fairly harsh use or abuse a modern bearing should last more than 5,500 miles. Of course if you pressure wash your bike with detergents any lubricants in the bearings could be compromised leading to early failure without much external evidence.
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  7. m800mm

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    well the good news is they did warrenty, they put 2 new bearings, seal, snap ring,
    spacer and spindle. but they couldn't give me any reason why. was there a bad
    batch of bearings?
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  8. grinns

    grinns Semper Fi

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    My bearings have 20k and do not have any apparent play...
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  9. motomark39

    motomark39 I reckon so

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    Froze to the axle? probably heat treated to the axle from that chain being too tight
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  10. m800mm

    m800mm Adventurer

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    Yes I thought the chain might have been too tight but it was
    the right side bearing that failed, go figure?
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  11. erappaport

    erappaport pray for rain

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    What are folks getting for life out of wheel bearings? I'm at 22K, no obvious problems, but it's time for tires and I was thinking about whether I ought to do them while the wheels are off...
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  12. geometrician

    geometrician let's keep going...

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    Nope...

    There's your answer- if it's tight enough to notice when you are checking it, it is even tighter as the bike's rear swingarm moves through its suspension travel- sometimes to the point of limiting how far the rear end can travel :deal

    Worst case scenario you would have lost the output bearing on your countershaft & that would require splitting the cases, a very spendy proposition on the LC8 :huh

    I've had to rebuild several engines over the years from too-tight of a chain, so you should be glad KTM NA warranteed this for you... you still may have damaged the bearing- they can't take that much stress. Your saving grace is the engine oil helped take away the massive amount of frictional heat being created there. Hard to tell with the chain & sprocket in place & the engine together if the bearing is going to give you trouble...
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  13. NJEnduroBiker

    NJEnduroBiker '13 Super Tenere

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    I had a similar problem with the front wheel on my 07 SE. I had the bike for about a year and when I attempted to remove the front wheel for the first time to change the tire, the axle would not budge. I was tempted to take the "find a bigger hammer" approach but figured I'd check with the dealer first. They ended up warrantying new bearings and a new axle. I don't remember them giving much of an explanation and I was just happy I didn't have to pay. I had not done much wet riding and only had a couple thousand miles on the bike. I've changed tires a few times since and have had no problems.
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