I've got a 87 flh and about time for new brakes up front and want to replace wheel bearings while I am in there. Does anyone know of any sealed bearings I could use or pros... cons of using them. Thanks
Just noting, there are pros and cons to both-Timken/tapered bearings are perfect for wheels and so many other things-as for your bike. I don't have problems with sealed bearings per se, but I have more hubs with roached sealed cartridge bearings than I would've ever imagined. Timkens can be had almost everywhere you buy grease from. You can go either way-for that bike, I'd stick with the Tapered bearings for ease of care (basic), and cost over time-And you'll usually get some warning signs of failing tapered bearings, when I see the sealed ones, it's usually way too late. Take care-one thing I've noticed when converting British wheels to sealed bearings is the bearings are just a little bit different in width than the OEM open bearings are, and the open bearing dust covers are all figured into the spacing so you end up with the wheel spacing and bearing lash being just a bit off.
It doesn't take much difference to screw up things with wheels.
It has gotten to the point that I feel if the open bearing isn't bad, clean it, re-grease it, and run it.
Yep. And you can see clearly what kind of shape they're in just by looking when you change tires.DarkGoat said:Timkens are so easy to service and easy to change when needed.