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Old 05-09-2013, 06:01 PM   #1
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HELP Wheel Bearings.

Just changed my rear tire and the bearings feel rough and very much not smooth.

Here is my dumb question, because I do not know, I learn as I go.

Where do i get the bearings? Do not have a local dealer here in Oklahoma City, do I order online or is there some other option.

Looks like maybe there are three different bearings to replace, does that seem right to you all?

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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Google is your friend.

Aftermarket bearing shops.

Online BMW dealers.

Lots of options.

Three bearings is correct.

I'd personally go for aftermarket bearing shops (cheaper).

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:37 PM   #3
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Local auto parts stores also.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:45 PM   #4
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Thanks

A friend of mine called me and said the very same thing... go to a bearing shop or auto parts place or even an industrial supply...

I'll give a try when the sun comes up...

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:50 PM   #5
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There's a BMW shop in Tulsa, Iron Lightening or something..
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:23 PM   #6
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find a reputable bearing shop and bring in your old bearings/seals etc.

Try to get SKF or Timken's. SKF seems to be the better of the two lately.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:32 PM   #7
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Might also want to give Zach or Woddy, a call at woddyswheelworks.com Rather than me bore you to death, they will fill you in about the issue with too much bearing crush on the 8GS rear.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:25 PM   #8
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I just finished replacing all of my bearings front and rear. The front didn't need it but I was on a roll...

I got my bearings from a transmission and bearing supply shop that was local to me. They had FAG bearings in stock so I went with them - turns out that is what BMW had originally installed. Don't forget to get the seals while you are there. Mine were shot. Which is probably why the bearings were bad. Luckily for us the seals and bearings are a very common and standard size.

To get them out I used this set from Motionpro (http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/partno/08-0269/) You really only the 20mm collet unless you have friends that will want to 'borrow' it. I fought the first one out of the sprocket hub with a punch and hammer prior to ordering the MP stuff. Heat, cursing and tool throwing was involved... Once I got the proper tool I pounded out the bearings in 4 or 5 whacks each quite easily. I highly recommend it.

Bearings I used were:
FAG 6204-C-2HRS C3
2 in the front and 3 in the rear
20x47x14mm deep groove sealed both sides.

I got two sets of seals so I can replace them more regularly.
The front has one 25x47x7mm and one 30x47x7mm.
The rear has two 30x47x7mm oil seals.

Sizes and diagrams were here under 'wheels'.

Hope that helps.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:23 PM   #9
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Wow, did a quick search, and found Woody's Vender thread about them. That was a good read and definitely something to keep in mind in the future.

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Might also want to give Zach or Woddy, a call at woddyswheelworks.com Rather than me bore you to death, they will fill you in about the issue with too much bearing crush on the 8GS rear.
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:04 AM   #10
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Wow, did a quick search, and found Woody's Vender thread about them. That was a good read and definitely something to keep in mind in the future.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:01 AM   #11
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Link?
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Do I have to do everything around here?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=505577
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:13 AM   #12
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seals

Don't for get to get new seals too unless you're better at getting them out in one piece than I am.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:26 PM   #13
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My seals came out pretty easily. The center of them, that spin around the axle/spacers were quite ragged. The spacers fell out by themselves once I got the wheels off the bike. The new ones held the spacers pretty tightly. Perhaps that is a sign to check bearings and replace seals once the seals can no longer hold the spacers in position.

A question for others. One of the spacers, the smaller rear one, had a little groove worn in it where the seal rubs. Should I think about replacing the spacer?

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Old 05-10-2013, 04:00 PM   #14
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A question for others. One of the spacers, the smaller rear one, had a little groove worn in it where the seal rubs. Should I think about replacing the spacer?

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When there is a groove it won't seal properly any more, so dirt and moisture can get in there and wear out your wheel bearings prematurely.

So replace them, ideally with a quality stainless set that will outlast the aluminum ones many times. Scheffelmeier Metall from Germany makes them and has very good international shipping rates.
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:30 PM   #15
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Thanks. I sort of figured I'd have to replace them.
I'll have a look for the scheffelmeier ones.
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