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I'm overhauling my rear Hadley hub as the way it's described on the SICKLINES thread for overahul. Pretty simple. Got my Hadley grease in the mail yesterday.

My problem is getting the bearing back in. BEFORE I attempt it with a gentle tap of a mallet and socket, I"m wondering if I should just take the time and use a bearing press at my local shop. According to SICKLINES, you can tap them back in, but looking at it, it seems you're running a big risk.

Anyone else try to tap in new bearing in a rear hub or a Hadley for that matter?
 

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I don't know about hadleys, never had any, but have pressed in many dozen bearings in various engines, hubs, BB, etc etc. One thing I do is freeze the bearing so it "shrinks" a bit and then use the old bearing or a large washer, to push on the outside diameter of the bearing (if you press on the inside of the bearing you run the risk of ruinining the bearing). The freezing/shrinking maks the bearing easier to go in sometimes it might just drop in or push in easy with your fingers. make sure it isn't going crooked. I've also used a 3/8" htreaded rod and apropriate sized washers and nuts on each end and tighten the nuts. Good luck with that!!.
 

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I don't know about hadleys, never had any, but have pressed in many dozen bearings in various engines, hubs, BB, etc etc. One thing I do is freeze the bearing so it "shrinks" a bit and then use the old bearing or a large washer, to push on the outside diameter of the bearing (if you press on the inside of the bearing you run the risk of ruinining the bearing). The freezing/shrinking maks the bearing easier to go in sometimes it might just drop in or push in easy with your fingers. make sure it isn't going crooked. I've also used a 3/8" htreaded rod and apropriate sized washers and nuts on each end and tighten the nuts. Good luck with that!!.
That's a great idea about the freezing!! I'd make a press with a threaded rod, but the hub and where the bearing goes is so awkward and tight, I'd have to make a custom press... Good advice about the outer bearing. DIdn't know that.
 

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daugela said:
I'm overhauling my rear Hadley hub as the way it's described on the SICKLINES thread for overahul. Pretty simple. Got my Hadley grease in the mail yesterday.

My problem is getting the bearing back in. BEFORE I attempt it with a gentle tap of a mallet and socket, I"m wondering if I should just take the time and use a bearing press at my local shop. According to SICKLINES, you can tap them back in, but looking at it, it seems you're running a big risk.

Anyone else try to tap in new bearing in a rear hub or a Hadley for that matter?
I have always used a socket and bench vise.
 

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Done that Too Shiggy! What ever works the MOST important part is to make sure the bearing isn't croked. And no pressure on the inside race.
 
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