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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-26-2018, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Abs to non abs wheel bearings

So I'm trying to swap the front wheel on my 2013 road glide custom and I've removed the abs bearings ready to install the non abs bearings. On the one side there was a washer/spacer behind the bearing. Does that washer have to go back in behind the new bearing? Do I need to find one to put behind the bearing on the other side? Any info is helpful and thanks in advance
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If your is as for rushmores, on the side of the ABS bearing there should be the ABS sensor itself, working also as a spacer.
I see then 2 options:
1) find a new spacer of the same size
2) simply cut the wiring and let the sensor in position
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I thought the same but just swapped a 2017 wheel with ABS bearings onto a 2013 without ABS. Removed and installed new bearings for him and the inner bearing spacer is the same size for ABS and non ABS. You reuse your non ABS outside spacers and all will be fine.
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So I do or dont install the spacer behind the new bearing? If I dont the crush tube seems to be to long. Here is the spacer I'm talking about. I know to use the non abs spacers on the outside. Just didn't know about this inner one.
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I thought the same but just swapped a 2017 wheel with ABS bearings onto a 2013 without ABS. Removed and installed new bearings for him and the inner bearing spacer is the same size for ABS and non ABS. You reuse your non ABS outside spacers and all will be fine.
Man am I glad you said that ... I just did the bearings on my ABS 10 last Saturday and had the bearings stacked up on the bench for a while doing it. And they sure as hell looked the same thickness to me. I thought I was loosing it there for a bit! ...But I went with the All Balls bearings instead of stock...(cheaper and not Chinese)...so was thinking that might have made a difference. Spacer was there as mentioned, and everything fit fine when done.


Note: if you are using a home grown bearing press (I did), use extreme care to get the them in to the right depth or it will side-load the bearing making it turn hard when the axle is tight and fail prematurely. Tap tap test, tap tap test. don't just drive them home and go for it. Oh yeah, and check the manual for which one goes in first -(ABS side first on ABS bikes)- it matters.



I had to put the front wheel on twice because the distance collar had cocked just far enough to create a gap that made the wheel tight when I pressed it in the first time.
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So I do or dont install the spacer behind the new bearing? If I dont the crush tube seems to be to long. Here is the spacer I'm talking about. I know to use the non abs spacers on the outside. Just didn't know about this inner one.
That tube is not a ďcrush tubeĒ itís just a spacer. When you install the primary side bearing you bottom in the wheel- install spacer tube-install second bearing until it meets spacer tube. Donít press the two together with force or youíll be side loading your sealed bearings.
What you are holding looks like the drive sprocket side outer spacer. That does not in any way go behind a wheel bearing.
The install directions above are very important. If you start bearing install from the wrong side of the wheel youíre going to be all kinds of Fíed up with your spacing.


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I'm sorry but I dont understand. That spacer pictured came out from behind the old bearing. When I removed the first one and flipped the wheel it just fell out. If I dont use it, do I set the primary side bearing all the way down? Then drop in the tube and install the other bearing to the tube?
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I'm sorry but I dont understand. That spacer pictured came out from behind the old bearing. When I removed the first one and flipped the wheel it just fell out. If I dont use it, do I set the primary side bearing all the way down? Then drop in the tube and install the other bearing to the tube?
Letís back this up for a secí. Iím quite familiar with a 2013 so I so Iím having a hard time understanding where that came from because it is not an HD installed part. Couple questions that I may have missed-
Is this a factory wheel with ABS bearings or an aftermarket wheel?
Your bike has no ABS so youíre replacing the bearings with non-ABS?
When you pulled the first bearing that piece was behind the bearing, inside the wheel against the spacer tube?
Which bearing was that behind?
Are both your outer spacers, right/left, the same size?


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This is an aftermarket dna fat spoke wheel. It came off an abs bike. So I removed the abs bearing and figured I should replace the other side at the same time so I know they are good and new bearings. I'm installing it on a non abs bike. The spacer/washer in question was behind the old bearing on the non abs side. The washer/spacer is about as thick as the difference between the abs bearing and the non abs bearing. It was behind the bearing between the bearing and the wheel hub.
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This is an aftermarket dna fat spoke wheel. It came off an abs bike. So I removed the abs bearing and figured I should replace the other side at the same time so I know they are good and new bearings. I'm installing it on a non abs bike. The spacer/washer in question was behind the old bearing on the non abs side. The washer/spacer is about as thick as the difference between the abs bearing and the non abs bearing. It was behind the bearing between the bearing and the wheel hub.
Without knowing anything about DNA wheels Iíd say forget the washer. Bottom out the primary bearing- install the spacer tube and press the second bearing in until it contacts the spacer tube and youíre done. Thatís what I would do....from here without seeing the wheel.


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