Wheel spacers

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by FredRydr, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    Just because I was in a hurry, there was no excuse not to replace the spacer bushings on the front and rear axles when swapping wheels, especially before riding off and grinding the ABS sensors in one mile. :cry

    I shall not be in a hurry, next time.

    Fred
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  2. grndzr0

    grndzr0 its Ground Zero

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    That sucks man, I feel for ya.... Being in a hurry always seems to bite me, but for some reason, I never learn...

    Ryan
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  3. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Hey ... can I jump in?

    Just because I was in a hurry, there was no excuse not to put the oil pan drain plug back in before I start pouring in the fresh oil ... :lol3
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  4. Reaver

    Reaver Outta Here

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    While you're picking up a new sensor, check the price on a set of spacers. What is the price of safety??

    We all do dumb shit now and then. Better a ground up sensor than a wobbly "off".

    Wobbly off....sounds dirty. :D
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  5. grndzr0

    grndzr0 its Ground Zero

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    I broke an abs sensor in a hurry once also. Dumped my bike when I had a backpack strapped on the back, I picked up the bike and headed down the trail. I thought it was kinda souning funny, and looked back and noticed the pack ahd slid off of the tail rack and covered the exhasut.

    6 In hole melted through my backpack.

    1 of the straps got caught in the ABS ring and broke off the sensor.

    Lesson learned, Check your load!!

    Ryan
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  6. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    The mechanics ripped me up pretty good. "Dumb shit!" first, then "Lucky as shit!" since had I gone much further (the BMW shop is only 5 miles away), I would have been a goner.

    Fred
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  7. C5!

    C5! Been here awhile

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  8. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    The guy doesn't need new spacers. He just needs to tie a string around his finger. Why would you need stainless spacers?? They do not move or wear on anything. Why add the additional un-sprung weight?? GH
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  9. Kiwi Tinkerer

    Kiwi Tinkerer Ross

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    I had these stainless spacers on my XChallenge as the standard spacers were stuffed.
    I did a lot of very dirty and muddy off road.

    If you ride a lot of dirt the seals pic up a lot of grit. (Grease makes it worse)
    The grit pretty quickly wears a groove in the spacer to the point that the seal is no longer effective.
    You then get more water in the bearing and need to replace your bearings earlier. I had this on my xchallenge which is Why I went for the stainless spacers. They worked great.

    Dirt bike riders just put up with it as they are riding relative short distances and can check these things regularly.
    For adventure touring you really want to be able to go long distances without worrying about bearing failure.

    Sold my bike, so no pictures. Sorry.

    I have not got them on my 800Gs. I do not plan to do as much off-road but do plan to do gravel and dirt roads.
    I will keep an eye on them and see how they go. They looked OK when I changed the bearings and seals last week.
    (New to me, high mileage bike, so getting my maintenance up to scratch)
    At 90,000km they look ok.
    On my xchallenge the spacers were stuffed by 6,000km.
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  10. fiwi

    fiwi Been here awhile

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    Seeing as we have a 'stupid questions' thread, why not have a 'dumb/stupid/embarrassing things i have done with my 800gs' thread, could be amusing, even educational :lol3
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  11. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    I have an oem wheel spacer if anyone needs one. PM me.
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  12. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    I'm necroposting to ask, what is the typical life of these spacers and rear inside bushing? Mine are grooved pretty bad for only 7k miles. I do ride mostly dirt, and ride it fairly roughly, if that makes them wear prematurely.

    What mileage are most of you getting before having to scrap em? Also, about what's the general life of the bearings?

    Is there a U.S. Source for the SS replacements?
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