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Old 01-10-2010, 07:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sealed Wheel Bearing Retro-Kits

Does anyone know if the Sealed Bearing Kits to replace the tapered bearings in early wheels can be still purchased and from who? They were originally made by FTM.
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hope someone chimes in here. I have looked for this conversion myself with no results. It may be that there is no source for a kit, but maybe someone has a parts list with the correct way to measure for the necessary spacers.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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A few years ago I talked to someone from FTM (Mario, I think) and was told that there wasn't enough interest to make another run of bearings. He had some kits left and would sell them, but did not anticipate any new ones being manufactured. I called because I wanted a few spare bearings for myself, all he would sell was the kits. I don't know if he still has anything left, but I would contact FTM and ask them.

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Old 01-12-2010, 12:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Check out V-Twin part number 44-2995. I just replaced the front and rear timken bearings on my '99 softail (laced wheels) with these kits. The only thing I had to do was go with some custom axle spacers. I don't know why the description indicates "rear" since on my bike the bearings, sleeves, etc. are the same front and rear. So I took a chance and ordered two kits and they installed in my wheels with no issues.

Here's the description from the VT catalog:

Rear Double Row Retro fit wheel bearing kits for models with Timken bearings. Double-row wheel bearings eliminate wheel play, have a longer wear life, require no adjustment. Kits include two bearings, center spacer & spacers. Fit 1984-99 FXST, FLST, 1991-99 FXD, XL. VT No. 44-2995

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Old 01-12-2010, 01:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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what are you trying to accomplish?
fitting a bigger axle? going from superior weight bearing rollers to ball bearings buys you less maintenance i suppose...
for me, it made more sense to retain the rollers. inspect/ clean/ repack each tire change for peace of mind at least.
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