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How To Change Motorcycle Wheel Bearings
Time For Some New Bearings
This is a topic that I see people ask about all the time. How do I change wheel bearings? With just a few tools it is a task that anyone should be able to tackle. But if you have ever watched your local mechanic do the job, he probably has a couple of specialized tools to make the job easier. Most of us don’t own professional grade snap ring pliers or the Motion Pro bearing remover.
Here is how I do the job. It took a while to come up with this exact combination of tools and techniques. But now I can change bearings without too much cussing and frustration. Our 2012 KTM 250xcw project bike was long overdue for some new bearings.
Use long tire irons to pry spacers loose
You may have to stack them
Use tire iron to pry seal out
seal should pop out easy
Right side has large circlip
Clean dirt and corrosion from circlip
Circlip pliers and two narrow blade screwdrivers
Use pliers to get clip loose, then slide screwdriver blade between clip and hub
Add second blade into gap, use both blades to gently pry clip upwards
With end of clip free, gently pry around rim to remove clip
Clean debris and corrosion before removing bearing
I use long aluminum rod to beat bearings out
Use rod to pry inner bearing spacer to one side. Then you can get a purchase on the opposite side bearing.
Use rod to tap around opposite side bearing, make sure to work evenly around bearing to keep it from binding