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Old 06-03-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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Wheel bearing outer race won't budge.

Got a problem on my old 94 f2. The front right wheel bearing was screwed. Only piece left after I shook the wheel out was the outer race.

Got the new bearings and other pieces in yesterday, and now I can't get the outer race out. I tried the dremel, and even with a cut, I still can't get it to budge. I'm worried now about the grooves I've caused in the mag itself if I shouldn't just buy another rim or not.

Anyone dealt with this before? I'm at work right now, so can't post pics. I'm thinking of just going by a local machine shop and see if they can press it out for me, then grind down whatever damage I did to the mag itself.

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See if you can get some pics up.

Otherwise, you can try evenly and carefully heating the wheel (not the race) and then trying to remove it. Make sure that there is no circlip or other type of keeper holding it in (though I don't remember that bike having that).

Heat the part of the wheel that holds the race carefully and evenly if there is absolutely nothing else holding the race in, it should come out after that.

If you don't know or can't see a keeper or circlip, check a factory service manual for assurance.
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Oh yeah, if you don't feel comfortable doing that, then you'll just have to take it to the machine shop as you mentioned. Hopefully, you didn't up the wheel too bad.
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Thanks Tom.

I assume these are mag wheels. I read somewhere that it's sufficient using a rag in boiling water to heat them up. How would you go about heating it up?
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Thanks Tom.

I assume these are mag wheels. I read somewhere that it's sufficient using a rag in boiling water to heat them up. How would you go about heating it up?
I seriously doubt that they're magnesium wheels unless they say "Marchesini" or "OZ" on them. Stock wheels are going to be aluminum.

I would be shocked if warm water and a rag will even touch the temp enough to expand the metal. Personally, I would use a propane torch. It'll sacrifice your finish on the powder coat, but at the point you are now, you HAVE to get it out.

Like I mentioned, if you're timid, I don't blame you- you can take it to a machine shop.

Using a proper size race driver to remove the race, or using a punch to drive it out is the method I personally use, and haven't had a problem. If you use a punch, you have to work around the race to uniformly drive it out.


I don't know what side of town you're on, but Andy at Metric Motorcycles could drive the race out for you, and I'm sure Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited could too.

I'm sure the price would be nominal.
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Thanks again.

I'm actually way over in Orange, right by Louisiana.

I called some old friends today who own a machine shop. They said they could take care of it np.

I'll post tomorrow with update after it's done and I get the wheel back on. hopefully.

Oh yea, and yes I'm definately timid lol. I'm still extremely new to working on these things.
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i agree with tomLSTD. if you have access to propane torch that may do the trick and you can tap it out or you'll need a torch and bearing puller. i really don't think boiling water and a rag will do anything at all to help the situation. if you have any doubt i would take it to a shop before the wheel gets screwed up.
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I can get it out, bring it by and we'll do it while you wait.
I told him to bring it by your shop or Andy's depending on where he lived....




He's in Louisiana!




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I told him to bring it by your shop or Andy's depending on where he lived....




He's in Louisiana!




D'oh!
Well, not technically. =)

I'm in the last town on IH10 before Louisiana.

I only wish I lived closer to Motorcycle's Unlimited.
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Well, I brought the wheel and parts to Triple L Honda here in Orange. These guys hooked me up, said my wheel was fine and knocked the old race out and put all my new stuff in.

Did it in no time and charged me like 35$. I'm pretty happy atm.

Thanks for all the advice guys.
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