Wheel Bearing replacement | The Easy way

In Motorcycle Maintenance by JulianLeave a Comment

Wheel bearing replacement on a dirt bike is an occupational hazard. On road bikes you can go years without ever needing to think about replacements, but once you venture off road it’s a different story. The constant bashing from the terrain coupled with the additional vibration when those knobbies are on the tarmac means that those little bearing races have a pretty tough time in their short life.

This was the case with the trusty KTM EXC250 which managed to totally lunch it’s own bearings on the last day of a three day sortie into the Cantal region in France. Only twenty or so miles from home there was a worrying wobble and a distinct lack of feel to the front brake, so the bike was nursed to safety and consigned to the support van for the last section.

So with a complete new front wheel repair kit purchased from KTM at an eye-watering £45, it seemed like an idea to run through how we go about replacing bearings. OK – we know everyone does it a bit differently, but this is our way …

 

 

So that’s the wheel bearings replaced and good for another load of off-road tomfoolery.

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It will be the best decision you make today ….

 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS BLOG IS PRESENTED AS AN INDICATION OF HOW WE CHANGE OUR BEARINGS ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A DEFINITIVE GUIDE. ONLY ATTEMPT ANY MAINTENANCE ON YOUR MOTORCYCLE IF YOU ARE COMPETENT TO DO SO AND HAVE SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE AND THE CORRECT TOOLS TO COMPLETE THE TASK SAFELY.

IF IN DOUBT, TAKE YOUR MOTORCYCLE TO A QUALIFIED MECHANIC. 

 

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