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I just installed a new rear tire and valve stem on my 99 GL1500SE. I have inspected every square inch of the wheel assembly. (IAW the manual) Question: Would it be recommended to replace the wheel (axle) bearings, even though my bearings have no play, turn smooth with no resistance and with the normal feel of a sealed bearing? To the best of my knowledge the bearings have 76,000 miles of operation. The price of new bearings are not in question; it's the down time for ordering new ones and the chance of creating problems where none exist.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
In my business, I do continue to reuse wheel bearings on aircraft wheels, if they pass inspection,(repack and install) however they can be removed, cleaned and examined.
Your comments will be greatly welcomed.
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I'm just passing 130K on the bearings in my wheel. If there is no evidence of excessive play, odd noises, or anything else to make you suspicious of their serviceability...I wouldn't hesitate to continue using them.
 

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If they pass inspection now let it ride.:)

If you like, try prying the dust seal back a little (without damaging) and if so inclined inject a little grease in with a needle tip gun or equivalent.;)
 

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Good shape is good shape. New ones will not create a problem, but if these are acting like new ones would why change them? Inspect them at next tire removal/inspection time.
 

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Bearing replacement.

Thanks for the replies. Now the bearings turn out to be the least of my concerns. I pulled the final drive and the drive shaft seal was not in place and there was dirt, crud and what ever in the shaft housing and the splines on the final drive end don't look right. I've got to review some more of the tutorials to make sure I don't have a problem. I'll try and post the findings. :praying:
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Check to be sure shaft boot at the front is properly positioned and not cracked/torn.

Insert the splines into drive and check for play.

Clean her up,grease her up and down the road.

It might be a winter project.
 
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