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Old 08-08-2008, 02:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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tell us how to do wheel bearing change

Hi, I have a 1987 FLHT and I want to change the wheel bearings/race and cups. The Do's & Don'ts
please. How to remove? Do I need to use only Harley Davidson bearings? What other bearings could I use? What grease should be used (high temp. / lithium, etc.). Any other advice, tips we should know about this job.
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Old 08-08-2008, 11:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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first the Service manual is always handy..

Of course you gotta knock out the races. & properly install new
ones. Makes it easier to have the correct tool. Or if they are stubborn & you have access to a welder, I run a bead of weld around the inside of the race & that helps shrink it for removal.

I do put new races in freezer overnight to shrink em. Once new races are in, then I do a dry mock up off the bike to set end play per yer specs. Usually between .002 - .006 But I'd check for ur application..

Then I grease the bearings & etc. I use Hi-Temp Green Synthetic Grease
from my local Napa store..
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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One note and an addition, when checking end play make sure you DO NOT have any grease on the bearings, end play is checked with a dry bearing.

Also when you are all done and re install the wheel, make sure you clean off the axel and apply a fresh coat of anti-seize to it.

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Old 09-23-2008, 12:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Good advice.....

"then I do a dry mock up off the bike to set end play per yer specs. Usually between .002 - .006 But I'd check for ur application..

Then I grease the bearings & etc. I use Hi-Temp Green Synthetic Grease
from my local Napa store"..
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To Harry / hd2000fxdl...& all: End Play here is done with the wheel mounted on the bike & the front wheel off the ground - so it assumes the bearing is properly installed/lubed. A magnetic based dial caliper is then installed so the plunger contacts the end of the axle. Push/Pull the wheel along the axle centerline to check for the amount of "end play" you have (this should be done evrytime your wheel is serviced but, hey, that's what I'd do!). The specification for your bike is: 0.05 to 0.15 mm front and rear. I hope this helps...Jim
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Sorry...ADD: End play is checked with the Front or Rear wheel off the ground depending on which wheel end play is being checked...
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Finally: if the End Play is off you may need to change the SPACER WASHER. For the rear wheel (thicker spacer for less play/thinner spacer for more play). HD has (5) different spacer thicknesses for sale that I know of...you install one of them based on your best estimate from the end play measurements, re-install the wheel & re-check/re-do until it meets the spec.
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