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Replaced the pivot bearings in the brother-in-laws S last week. At 39,000 miles they had been adjusted 2 or 3 times. The last time I noticed rust on the adjustable stud when we pulled it out. There wasn't any play but the rust was the reason for the replacement.

When we opened it up the outboard side was a mess. The grease was gone and the rollers were now oval with flat spots where they had been sliding, not rolling. The increased friction caused the inner race to rotate on the fixed stud wearing a 0.1 mm groove in it.

Chilled the bearings, the heat gun worked great and also the little bearing install tool we made up. I hate pounding bearing in so this squeezed them in as you tighten the wingnuts.

Since this was my second time in a month it only took about two hours. A second person helps too.

Old 04-30-2003, 03:54 PM
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