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Is it possible for a DIYer to remove old wheel bearings and install new ones in a 72? Any special tools required or nuggets of advice?

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Front or rear? I did the inner and outer fronts on my SC. Not really any different than any other car I've done in the past. No experience on the rears. I didn't use or need any special tools, but I'm sure there is a method that would require them.
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I just did mine a few months back on my car - fronts - easier than I thought it would be - Next time I do it I'll do it with the bearing remover KTL recommended - I was almost sick pounding out the bearings with a flat punch and a hammer.

Do a search - there is some great info out there - widebody has a good tech article - picture to know what you are getting into. Heat up the hubs on a grill to get the races out - freeze the new races to get em in.
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The rears require a fancy set of pullers and presses that I didn't have, took it to local P-car service, $200.00+ later, driving smoothly again.
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You don't need fancy pullers to remove the rears...

Just heat up the suspension arm and then tap them out. Should come out relatively easy...

To press it back in, put the bearing in the freezer for a while, heat up the a-arm and push it back in. To get the hub in, getalong piece of all-thread with some big washers and nuts. Works like a charm.
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not difficult to do, check past posts for a lot of wisdom. My only other 2 cents is to try to avoid using the kitchen oven for heating this stuff up because if is really nasty. Heat is a must though, and don't rush it. I was fortunate enough to have a neighbor with an outside oven used for hobbies.
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Jeremy,

Remember any details on the bearing remover KTL recommended? (Sorry, don't know KTL)

Thanks for your help chaps
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if you heat the hubs in the oven, make sure you clean them very, very well with degreaser and/or brake cleaner. if the hubs are not very, very clean, your house will smell like a meth lab, and your next few meals may taste like porsche-meat.

trust me on this one.............

i cleaned mine like a surgical instrument, then warmed them in the oven when my ex-wife had gone to the mall. (uh......some projects just can't be explained to a woman). when she got home, all she asked was why i had used the oven. i just smiled !
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Guys,

There's no fancy remover that I used to do the front bearings. I patiently tapped out the races with a punch and light hammer. Alternate side to side and don't rush. My later hubs have a couple of notches in them to allow for driving the races out. Apparently the earlier hubs do not. Still, they can be driven out carefully with a suitable tool. John Walker said so! But, if apprehensive, you can take them to a machine shop for a minimal fee i'm sure.

The races are supposed to be a precise press-fit and I remember one fella (maybe from Rennlist) saying that driving them out is sooooooo bad. But hey, what else are you to do? I think the discussion is posted in one of the links below.

The fancy tool I used was for reinstallation. It's a kit made by Lisle Co. for installing seals and races. It's only like $30 and gives you just the right size tapered adapter for driving in the new race. Got mine at PepBoyz.

Just do what others said for installation and warm the hubs, freeze the new races. The races go in much nicer than they come out. Except when you get a substandard race like my buddy Mark did and then tools and expletives start 'a flyin'.......

Here's a couple of threads for reference:

Mechanic puched my hubs! %@#(&$

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Thanks Kevin - and Nigel - use the BBQ out side - keeps the missus happy
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Cheers Jeremy / Kevin,

Looks like I'll be firing up the barbie at some point soon...

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