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Greasing wheel bearings

I am going to be removing my front wheel this weekend to replace the tire and to try to repair the speedo drive. What the recommended grease and is there a procedure on the forum for the task. Need the speedo fixed don't need any tickets. Thanks alot

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Uh, bearing grease??

Aren't the wheel bearings sealed bearings and "ungreasable"??

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Uh, bearing grease??

Aren't the wheel bearings sealed bearings and "ungreasable"??
Mine are on the 800, not sure about the 750's

53K on my sealed ones, never an issue.

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Sealed bearings in the front wheel.
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i just replaced my front tire, no need to do anything with the bearings. You will want to put some grease on the spedometer gear if taking it apart. I put the bike on center stand, pushed the back down and placed a 4x4 piece of wood under the frame to keep the front up.

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I would/did turn the inner bearing race's by hand. Mine were perfect, no roughness, noise, etc.
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I know the bearings are sealed but...have any of you all ever popped that little seal out to see what is in there? I have and i really don't know how the last as long as they do.


After going through bearings faster than I thought I should on an atv, I took the seal out of a new bearing and there is actually very little grease in those sealed bearings,I packed it with wheel bearing grease and and popped the seal back in it and no more problem.

I know the atv saw more severe duty than a bike does but I still do it to every new sealed bearing I buy,The little red seal pops out without damage and back in easily as well.This may be overkill but it makes me feel better.




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I just spread a lil lithium (white) grease on the axle and bearing surfaces (read :"paint")....but they are not greaseable...hit all of the contact points and thats enough....check for excessive play...replace if ya got it....they dont cost much....



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I just spread a lil lithium (white) grease on the axle and bearing surfaces (read :"paint")....but they are not greaseable...hit all of the contact points and thats enough....check for excessive play...replace if ya got it....they dont cost much....
Not designed to be greasable would be more appropriate here,I am not advocating taking old worn bearings apart and greasing them just stating what I have actually done to new bearings.




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It most definitely CAN be done, and Ive done it also...but after removing the dust seals, one really needs to clean the balls and races well...also, once the dust seals are gone, the grease inside will tend to migrate outwards (not always a bad thing), but can cause a lil mess if overgreased...(80% of people tend to overgrease)....just sayin though, with the cost of new bearings, is it really worth it ?...And just for all's info....no need to buy beartings from a dealer at 5x the cost....get the number and check places like Grainger....I should get a box of 100 and give em out to you guys for Christmas presents, lol....theyre probably like $40 per 100....dealer ????



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