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New bearing, should i do new races??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by wakedog, Dec 10, 2001.

  1. wakedog

    wakedog 1/2 ton status

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    Well im putting new wheel bearing in, i got the old races out of one rotor and got the new ones in, but it took me a while so i was wondering if i can leave the old races in the other side, they feel perferctly smooth and not knicked. Should i put the new ones in or not??

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  2. 79Jimmy

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    I always install bearings with new races usually a matched set on my vehicles and my aircraft. I'd loose my licence if I didn't. [​IMG]

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  3. wakedog

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    Well i did the other rotor, this time they came out a lil easier so it wasnt so bad. Thanks.

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    I always replace the race when replacing the bearing. better doing it at home than out in the middle of nowhere.

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  5. Slayer

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    Yup, it's really worth the money to replace the bearings with the races. In most cases the old races will have some scoring and glazing, and this could prematurely wear out your new bearings. Spring the extra few bucks, you'll be glad in the long run.

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    You DEFINITELY have to do it. You owe it to yourself/your rig.

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    A little bit of "I've been there before" advice. Many people use a screwdriver to drive out the old race and to set the new on in the hub. I screwed up a brand new hub many years ago with the old screwdriver method. I have since acquired a set of brass drifts from Harbor Freight (about $6.00) and I have had the same hubs since. They are just great to have around.

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