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Old 11-26-2012, 05:01 PM   #16
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Great thread and highly recommend it! FYI when removing the bearing seal if you approach it from the inside with a small screwdriver you can get it to pop out a lot easier as that has a small rubber flange that does not seat tightly. I have been stuffing marine grease (everyone has a flavor they like) in the bearings of my bikes for almost 20 years (I am only 30 years old). Some have been talking about too much or too little, I just pop one side and pack that which reduces the amount that bleeds out but sometimes you get too much, regardless it is better than dry bearings. Just like in porno, too much lube is better than none
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:29 PM   #17
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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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Old 11-27-2012, 05:17 AM   #18
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Nice! That's how my sprocket carrier was - plenty of grease.

$10 says the dude that filled your bearings got fired for 'wasting' that much grease!
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:44 AM   #19
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Yeah yours are pretty greasy, I bought mine brand new, came home and put new tires on and checked the bearings (less than 25 miles) and all but one were pretty low in the grease department. This is on a 2011 as well.

Just last night I pulled them all and cleaned/repacked them and everything looks great. I probably didn't need to but figured it will increase the longevity regardless.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:27 PM   #20
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Buying new bearings for front/rear here shortly, and will be inspecting them before installation.

Thanks for the write-up.
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:05 PM   #21
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Buying new bearings for front/rear here shortly, and will be inspecting them before installation.

Thanks for the write-up.
No problemo. Just put new tires on at 18k miles, bearings still feel like buttah.
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:44 PM   #22
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Ended up buying bearings and seals from Woody's Wheel Works.

They inspect and re-pack them as necessary. They buy so many bearings and seals in such bulk that the price is about the same as buying on Amazon, but the labor of re-pack is all done and included in that total. About $100 for front/rear bearings and seals shipped for the F800GS.

Pretty much no reason not to order from them unless you are an absolutely hands-on kind of person and must do it yourself.
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