Is there a right (and wrong) way to clean your suspension bearings? Any suggestions?
if you tap the bearings out with a punch as many people do, don't put them back in, replace them, the hammering destroys the races. you can just remove the bolt, and then pry out the rubber seal to re-pack them with grease. this is a good idea every 3-6 monthes especially if you ride in wetter climates. I imagine if you live in a dry area the bearings will last many years.slyfink said:It's very important to keep them clean, and to take them out and clean them at least once a year, inspecting for wear at tear... otherwise good luck!
here in oz a bearing set for an 03 stumpy is 150 bucks so rather than be ripped off by the big S (or there oz distributor at least) i get bearings from a specialist bearing comapny here in oz that are about 1/4 of the cost and as good, if not better, quality. all bearings have a unique code that is usually written on the rubber seal so if u can make them out then u can just order new ones based on that. i think also the detailed frame specification sheets have the bearing codes on them too, (i think u can get them off the specialized web site). of course, installing non genuine bearings will void ur warranty yadda yadda yadda, as will performing the installation urself, cause obviously us mere mortals can't quite grasp the concept of tapping a bearing out and pressing a new one back in.....weaklink said:Anyone know how much a whole new set of bears cost? Also, is the fit pretty tight in the frame? Will I have to beat the hell out of them to remove? I will try to press the new ones in.
I just replaced the 4 bearings in the FlipFlop link. They all felt notchy, UNTIL I took them out, then I could barely tell the diff between new and used. When I put the new ones in, they felt a little notchy, but not like the old ones.weaklink said:Was performing the ultra-cleaning on my bike and decided to rip apart the pivots. First off, I was a little disappointed in the actual sze of the bearings. Pretty samll & whimpy. All the bearings were very rough to the feel, like they were pitted/corroded. I did not remove the bearings from the frame, rather opened them up and tried to clean them best as possible with some WD-40, air compressor and grease. I figured they would be ruined if I beat them out and I don't have a new set for install. I actaully found some relatively large quantities of dirt in one of the bearings. I did not open/inpsect the large main pivots, only all the little ones on the link and chainstays.
Anyone know how much a whole new set of bears cost? Also, is the fit pretty tight in the frame? Will I have to beat the hell out of them to remove? I will try to press the new ones in.