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Old 11-04-2011, 09:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tried to get in one more ride before the weather turns bad. Went into a right hand turn, and the front of the bike went "squirrelly" on me. Almost felt like I had a flat tire. I stopped and inspected everything, but couldn't find a problem. Then, on the rest of the ride home, I heard the tell-tale squealing and the instability of the front wheel that told me my problem was a shot bearing. My odometer turned 21,000 miles on this trip, so those bearings must have about a 20,000 mile life to them.

Ordered the new bearings (and a new front tire - I noticed some strange wear patterns on it) from Online Cycle Parts. Great prices. Should get the parts soon and have them installed quickly just in case I can get another ride in before the cold weather. A friend of mine rides a Goldwing, and we have ridden together on Christmas Day for the past 3 years (because the weather rose above 40 degrees F those years). Hope to ride again this year.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I got 24k miles from my bearings. Sounds about right.
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Suzuki used single sided sealed bearings on the 03/04 models which are notorious for failing, make sure you get the double sided sealed bearings, I replaced mine on my o4 and it made such a huge improvement, next to no rolling resistance.

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Old 11-04-2011, 01:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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LeDude - just in case I get the old style of bearings (because I already ordered replacements) . . . where can I order the new style?
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Suzuki usually sends the latest part that is available. The 03 & 04 were prone to bearing failure so I doubt that there are any of the old style bearings in inventory. When I replaced mine, I went to a local bearing supply and bought the best bearings and seals they stocked. Also less expensive than Suzuki dealer. Much more info is available on the top of this forum in a sticky called wheel bearings and seals.
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LeDude - just in case I get the old style of bearings (because I already ordered replacements) . . . where can I order the new style?
Suzuki had upgraded their bearings to the two sided sealed bearings, if by any chance you get the old kind, you can check out and see if there is a http://www.applied.com dealer/reseller near you...

This is what I got from one of their local wearhouses:



The bearings are readily available from a lot of different sources online.
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From time to time Suzuki, and probably other manufacturers, use Chinese bearings of dubious quality, mostly due to reduced cost I suspect.

My local bearing supplier, Gopher Bearing, used to carry Chinese bearings as their lowest cost line, but gave up the line due to a high failure rate. My experience duplicates that with the need to replace all 5 wheel bearings on my Kawasaki W650 within the first 14K miles. The two front and three rear bearings were worn enough to allow detectable sideways slack at the wheel rims.

I chose the most expensive European bearings they carried, specified double sided seals and have enjoyed long bearing life ever since. Used these same high quality bearings on the front wheel of my Burgman 400 at about 12K miles, again with good results.

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From time to time Suzuki, and probably other manufacturers, use Chinese bearings of dubious quality, mostly due to reduced cost I suspect. . . . I chose the most expensive European bearings . . . .
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I agree that your safety is too important to trust to $5.00 bearings.

I chose (hand-assembled and tested) custom ceramic racing bearings and don't ever think about them at all.
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I get my bearings from http://www.applied.com . Do a search for the closest store.
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I am assuming that replacing both bearings must be fairly easy, since I see no video on the matter. No one has indicated a part number for the bearings! Do we measure both inside and outside diameters to know how to refer the right parts.

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