Author Topic: Change wheel Bearings???  (Read 148 times)

Offline beemrdon

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Change wheel Bearings???
« on: September 10, 2019, 11:08:12 PM »
Well Hello there ya'll,
A question for the K brain trust.
My K1100 has almost 124,000 miles on the odo now and I am wondering if I should change the front wheel bearings as a preventive measure. I thought I heard that BMW recommends swapping the out at every 30k, which most likely nobody does.
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Offline Laitch

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Re: Change wheel Bearings???
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019, 12:03:42 AM »
You're correct. The BMW service schedule I have calls out wheel bearing and swing arm bearing replacement at 25,000 mile intervals. I replaced my moto's front wheel bearings at 60,000 miles because there was slight play in them. I used a bearing puller from AutoZone by leaving a credit card deposit of approximately $120. There was no charge for its use and I was allotted 10 days to use it. Once the wheel was off, extraction took ten minutes, including bird-watching. The spacer can be reused but I installed a new one.
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Offline koapono

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Re: Change wheel Bearings???
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 04:30:03 AM »
do you have "play" in the bearings? wheel still on the scoot? remove brake calipers to eliminate drag and give the wheel a spin, both ways. then Check for any side-to-side movement.
Front wheels just roll merrily along, my 85 still has original bearings on the front. Some last forever, some don't make it around the block.
you'll find age is not a discriminator and should not be the sole source for replacing items.

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Offline The Mighty Gryphon

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Re: Change wheel Bearings???
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 07:52:46 AM »
do you have "play" in the bearings? wheel still on the scoot? remove brake calipers to eliminate drag and give the wheel a spin, both ways. then Check for any side-to-side movement.
Front wheels just roll merrily along, my 85 still has original bearings on the front. Some last forever, some don't make it around the block.
you'll find age is not a discriminator and should not be the sole source for replacing items.

ride on!

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Offline johnny

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Re: Change wheel Bearings???
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 08:10:36 AM »
greetings...

i gotts a front wheel with 2 hundert on it and another with 1.5 hundert on it...  wheel bearings are still 100%...

swing arm bearings and rotor bobbins are a different matter...

i think properly lined up shaft and properly lubed up shaft and properly lubed up spacers everytime the wheel goes back on is key to wheel bearing life...

and bouncing the front tior on the ground  with the front brake locked before tighting the pinch bolts makes a difference too...

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Offline Soggz

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Re: Change wheel Bearings???
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2019, 03:14:36 PM »
My K has done about 78k,now. Iím the 13th owner. I donít even know if it got the original wheels!.lol
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