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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-27-2018, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel bearing service

Well here it goes fellas, i am looking at doing tires probably in a few months because the season is about to start here in the northeast, and my question is i have slightly over 30k on the glide, and my wheel bearings are OEM, should i replace them all now? No service specified replacement in the manual. What do you guys think? Thanks.

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Well here it goes fellas, i am looking at doing tires probably in a few months because the season is about to start here in the northeast, and my question is i have slightly over 30k on the glide, and my wheel bearings are OEM, should i replace them all now? No service specified replacement in the manual. What do you guys think? Thanks.
I just went through this. Bought all 6 and then realized at 50K they池e perfectly fine. I would let your fingers be the judge. When you have the wheels off give them a feel. You値l know if they池e bad. Or just change them for piece of mind...needs to be your call...or your mechanic. I知 just a guy on the Internet who has no idea about the condition of your bearings. If you want to do it yourself and pay the shipping I値l loan you my wheel bearing tools. Pretty sure they値l fit in a flat rate box.


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I had a set go bad on my last bike at 18K...nothing to play with..dont want a bearing locking up on you while your riding...IMHO get the wheels off the ground, rotate and see/listen for any abrasion; look for defects; replace if you see/feel/hear anything; at next tire change replace them...Personally I replace at every tire change...What year is the bike? there was a period when HD had bad bearings, and they were a warranty replacement item...good luck!!!

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I almost all of my work, except mounting and balancing tires, I gonna get new rubber so figured let them pop them in while they are there, it's a 2011 FLTRX, no ABS so gonna price out new ones tommorow, I do pretty far trips and day days , alot of highway as well do figured it would be cheaper than if I had a road failure. Also thanks for the offer to lend the bearing installers, I will keep it in mind.

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I also failed to mention while I am on long trips I have the detach tour pak on and the ole lady riding with me.

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On my Softail I'd change them around 50k. Never had a bad one so it was just peace of mind. We'll see with this 15 RGS how things go.

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Have any of you fellas used any other bearings than factory with good results? I don't have ABS.

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Have any of you fellas used any other bearings than factory with good results? I don't have ABS.
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Nothing wrong with Nachi either. 50K on the Nachi in my front wheel and they’re good to roll.


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With the history of HD wheel bearings it would probably be a good idea to swap the bearings out even if it's just for peace of mind. Don't forget that the rear pulley has bearings too and you may want to replace them too.


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