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Replace bearings or not?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by steve_kibbe, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. steve_kibbe

    steve_kibbe 1/2 ton status

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    I'm putting disc's on my 14bff in my 83. I'm not 100% sure about how many miles are on it, quesing 250-300K:crazy:

    Should I replace the bearings in the hubs since I was going to repack them?

    And I've never had a chance to mess with them before, I have the inner bearing out, but how do I get the "outer" bearing out?
     
  2. readymix

    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    I would replace them just because...
    Also you don't need to pack them. They are oil bath.
    You need to remove a snap ring to get the outer bearing and race out.
     
  3. steve_kibbe

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    I have the snap ring out, does it need to be pressed out?
     
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    Just tap the race out with a brass drift, there are usually 4 grooves cast in the hub that expose the edge of the race enough to hit. By the way, the snap ring is ususally the pain to get out, here's a hint for anyone who hasn't figured it out on their own (kick yourself later if you haven't) just tap the snap ring toward the outside of the hub to seat the race just a tad further and release the bind on the snap ring ( it gets wedged in the groove when the axle nut is torqued) and it will pop right out with needle nose pliers.
     
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    I don't care if there are a million miles on the bearings, there is no need to replace them unless they are bad. Why waste about $80.00 on parts that aren't bad? Now if they are pitted or blue/purple in color by all means replace them.
     
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    Thanks guys. I pulled them out last night to inspect them. They all look very good. I think I'll just reinstall them. I didn't see any evidence that they were bad.

    Thanks for the link sweetk30:D
     
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    Well done, I replaced all my bearings when I did my disc swap and I almost fell over at the price of quality ( and big ) bearings. I'm in the parts business and I still get knocked outta my chair at prices sometimes.
     

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