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Offline Steve F

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Front Wheel Bearings
« on: August 24, 2015, 10:36:11 pm »
Yes, another case of knackered bearings found on MoT. They lasted just under 29000 miles! Whilst talking to the dealer service desk folks, they were saying that quite a few K16 bikes had knackered front wheel bearings at just 6000 miles!!!

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2015, 11:01:35 pm »
Best add those to the daily check list then!

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2015, 08:09:20 am »
Need to check them too
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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2015, 01:54:49 pm »
Mine done last week at 30500 miles

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2015, 06:52:31 pm »
two sets in 74000 miles

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2015, 09:12:48 pm »
Tom did mine at 35,000 so it appears 30 - 35,000 is the norm.

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2016, 06:59:30 pm »

For those interested about front wheel bearings,  my choise was NSK.
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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2017, 05:39:36 pm »
Mine were shot at 22000 miles , pretty poor really!
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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2017, 09:32:32 pm »
That'll be that jack-up kit you've got. It puts more weight on the front wheel  ;D

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2017, 08:07:30 am »
Front bearings shot at 59k miles, making a horrific noise coming off the motorway yesterday, luckily not far from home but was screeching rest of the way, could just picture bits of metal doing battle ripping each other apart with each wheel turn  :'(  Not changed bearings on this bike before but done many others, anything special to do as know the K is usually a 'special' bike  ;D

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2017, 08:40:55 am »
I always check the bearings before a long run and each time I replace the tyres, Nothing special to do but as Costas shows get good quality bearings, you might have to clean and re-grease the spindle if they have not been out before. 
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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2017, 09:24:39 am »
Be careful about the axle pinch bolt locking bolts, the small ones underneath the forks. If they haven't been out in a while and with the 'orrible BMW thread lock, they can seize and shear as happened to Ron's when Tom was working on it. It's a bugger to drill them out from below if they go.

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2017, 09:25:07 pm »
Be careful about the axle pinch bolt locking bolts, the small ones underneath the forks. If they haven't been out in a while and with the 'orrible BMW thread lock, they can seize and shear as happened to Ron's when Tom was working on it. It's a bugger to drill them out from below if they go.
Is it worth heating the bolts up first to soften the thread lock? I see that a lot on youtube tutorials of anything to do with BMW bikes

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2017, 10:10:20 am »
Avoid heat up a wheel need to explain?
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Re: Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2017, 10:18:50 am »
I haven't got access to my RepROM but it would be interesting to see what it says on the subject.

Heating the bottom of the forks with a non-flame heat gun wouldn't do much harm; the recommended heat for softening the thread-lock is 100C degs. So if you have a laser-nuclear-disintegrator thermometer you should be OK.

I'm sure Costas's brakes get that hot after a blast in downtown sunny Athens  8)