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Old 08-28-2014, 05:11 PM   #1
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R1100GS front wheel bearing/seal replacement

Hi ADV,

I'm about to tackle the front wheel bearing wheel bearings/seal, r1100GS.
Any pointers not covered in here?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=577150

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Old 08-28-2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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After reading the posts in your link, I would ask, are your bearings bad?
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:19 PM   #3
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They feel a tad notchy. and the seal is shot. I can now see the bearings. Dirt, water, etc, all have easy access to the bearings now. So I brought the entire front wheel assembly to the dealer parts guy, and he rang me up for the parts.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:36 AM   #4
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They feel a tad notchy. and the seal is shot. I can now see the bearings. Dirt, water, etc, all have easy access to the bearings now. So I brought the entire front wheel assembly to the dealer parts guy, and he rang me up for the parts.
You should have had them do it. Takes 5 minutes with the right tools.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:27 AM   #5
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You should have had them do it. Takes 5 minutes with the right tools.
so... how long does it take with typical garage tools?

what is special about them?
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so... how long does it take with typical garage tools?

what is special about them?
Not very long....thinking the special tools took me a lot longer than the execution. Go look somewhere in the garage for pics, in the McGyver thread....

Finding the bearings on fleabay for a lot less than BMW prices also took a long time but I did get them and same manufacturer. No Chinee for me although one of them OEMs on my K-bike is "Made in Taiwan".
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:59 AM   #8
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Thank you!
I don't know if the bearings are bad but the 16 year old BMW grease was shot. Looked/felt like plastic.
Jim I have two reasons why I'm trying to avoid having the dealer do this job:
1) 60,000 miles on 3 different r1100's and no dealer servicing yet (and thank you for a great DVD to assist me!).
2) I'm cheap (again a free advertising for your DVD, best money I've spent).

Thanks all!!

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Old 08-29-2014, 12:37 PM   #9
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so... how long does it take with typical garage tools?

what is special about them?
On my R1100R (3 spoke cast) all it took was a heat gun (had it), freezer (had it), some emery cloth ($5), and a blind hole / pilot bearing puller ($70 HF?) 2x4's to support the rim/tire and keep the disc off the ground (had it), 3/4 socket to use as a drift/set (had it), dead blow hammer (had it)

Only thing that was frustrating was I had to take the fender off/on 3 times to get it back on. I'm probably missing something with pulling the calipers and taking the front wheel off in general.

Probably want to get some waterproof grease to put between the seal and the bearing (note to self).

Other than that an hour or two to do it it wasn't bad. Actually knocked the other sided bearing out, not the one I was pulling while working the slide hammer.

I ended up using the old bearing to set the new bearing behind a big socket. The outer race on the new bearing was smaller than the old one and I didn't like the way the socket fit (using it as a drift).

I took the tech who put the front tire on that I needed new bearings, mine didn't feel notchy, and the seal was intact but I'd get a sort of howl from the front end at different speeds / lean angles when doing more than 30mph. It went away after the bearings were replaced / wheel remounted.

If nothing else, it's a good excuse to go buy some new tools.
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Pick out the bearing seals every year or 12k miles and re-pack with a good quality synthetic grease, and push back bearing seals.

And they'll last you a lifetime. I've a 28 year old zillion mile K100 i've done that to since the early nineties, still original and good as new.
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:42 PM   #11
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Steptoe, I assume you remove the old grease, then put the new grease in?

I 'll be using your wisdom in the future on this procedure.

Thanks to all!
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Thanks...I am on the road so not easy to dig up my special tools. I think Troidus in a later post explained its use.

Me...I just started with some guy on Instructables pulling smaller bearings, bicycles??? that way and enlarged the tools.

And later found my old car jack handle, would have worked better as an expander than what I picked out of the scrap bin.

Now to find them for a lot less than the dealer price....fleabay but not in motorcycle parts. Most likely in industrial supplies. Got to ask the OP, is one of them an axial load bearing? Orange seal and designated LU?? LLU?? If so may be available from Yamaha for less than BMW.Not home to check my black book as to part numbers etc, you are on your own if you want to save a few bucks.
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