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post #1 of 32 Old 12-06-2019, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Question Front Wheel Bearings.

Hi all, I'm looking for a bit of advise. I'm going to be replacing the tires on my 14' GTL/E with 24K miles. The front end is solid and not doing anything or making any unusual noises. While the tire is off do you think any maintenance to the front wheel bearings or replacement is worth performing?

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Hi all, I'm looking for a bit of advise. I'm going to be replacing the tires on my 14' GTL/E with 24K miles. The front end is solid and not doing anything or making any unusual noises. While the tire is off do you think any maintenance to the front wheel bearings or replacement is worth performing?

I think I would entertain the idea and plan on replacing them. I replaced mine with about 30,000 miles on the bike just because. Then I was on a trip in Oregon last year and the front wheel bearings failed with about 60,000 miles on it. Cost me about $300 bucks to have the Beemer shop replace them. They didn't have them in stock, so they overnighted them from California and did the install the next day. What a pain.....


I would recommend just replace before they fail unexpected like what happened to me.
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Can't really guess them, i just have spares in the garage, though for the cost, they could be worth doing every other change or so. Ebay carry many. just make sure you get new seals at the same time
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Every time I pull my front wheel off I inspect the bearings. Put your fingers in and turn the bearings, they should be smooth and a bit hard to turn. If they are easy to turn and/or ruff feeling they are done. Bearings could last 20k or 80k. I say don't replace them unless they need it.
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They are pretty cheap and relatively easy to replace. I would do it. Here are the ones I bought.



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I believe they are sealed bearings so not really any maintenance you could do. Replacement at 24k miles is a bit early, but that's up to you.
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Every time I pull my front wheel off I inspect the bearings. Put your fingers in and turn the bearings, they should be smooth and a bit hard to turn. If they are easy to turn and/or ruff feeling they are done. Bearings could last 20k or 80k. I say don't replace them unless they need it.

^^^^^ This.



Check them every tire change, change them as soon as you detect any loss of smoothness. If you just change them for no reason, you are just pulling more material off the wheels unnecessarily.
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No, I’d change the bearings at 35k miles. Interval based on never hearing about a bearing failure < 40k miles.

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No, Id change the bearings at 35k miles. Interval based on never hearing about a bearing failure < 40k miles.

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Mine went out, I think around 30,000. I've been riding for about 50 years, and it's the first time I've had to replace them.

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I replaced mine on my Goldwing at 140,000 miles. I figured it was time. Funny thing, is that it is over in Europe. I have been riding it there, for the last two years. There are no REAL Goldwing shops in Europe!!! Well, ok, there are but not like here in the states. I found someone in Milan, Italy, who was not a dealer but ran a Goldwing specialty shop. He took a bike of the rack, to get me in. Changed the bearings ($50/each and there are four), and got me out in about a half hour. When I asked how much, he said nothing. I ended up giving the mechanic a tip of 10 euros. So, good things can happen if you wait to long to change your bearings.
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