Originally Posted by NCD
Some more to chew on:
I popped both seals off of a brand new bearing to showcase the scant use of grease in a new unit. Sad. Unless you own stock in or run a bearing company, then it's good. Sadder still is that this bearing has FAR more grease in it than mine did when new. No wonder people sizzle through these in like 6-8000 miles (bore problems not included.)
My bearings were the originals from 2009, and were still in good shape but I replaced them anyway a couple of weeks ago, just in case. And I took the dust seals off the old bearings to find plenty of grease in there, even after 78,000 kms.
Here's two out of the three rear wheel bearings.
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