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Offline chipthedonkey

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tapered wheel bearing conversion
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:36:00 PM »
Nephew's new to him 1995 Road King.  Anyone know of a bearing kit to convert the old tapered bearings and races to sealed?

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Re: tapered wheel bearing conversion
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 04:10:39 PM »
Why not stay with the tapered ones? Keep them lubed, works real good and lasts a long time....
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Re: tapered wheel bearing conversion
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018, 04:24:40 PM »
 :agree: Clean, inspect and repack or replace at tire replacement time. But usually will outlast the sealed bearings hands down.

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Offline chipthedonkey

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Re: tapered wheel bearing conversion
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 04:30:20 PM »
I had as many of the sealed bearings die in the last 15 years or so as used to have properly serviced taper bearings.  Not a big deal to me either.   Not my ride though.  He got an old bike he likes the looks of but wants to change all the stuff that's old.   :emoGroan:

Offline koko3052

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Re: tapered wheel bearing conversion
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 08:33:57 PM »
Up here we service the tapered every winter & they last eons! I'm changing a sealed to tapered right now. :baby:

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Re: tapered wheel bearing conversion
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 07:34:08 PM »
I've got 227K miles on my 99 WG.  Same bearings, just do a good job regreasing them every tire change with good quality grease and change the wheel seals (cheap) to keep water out.  Same thing went for my 81 Sturgis, put 160K + on that bike with same bearings.

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Re: tapered wheel bearing conversion
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2018, 04:50:37 AM »
The weak point of the tapered bearings is that cheap single lip seal.  There is room in the seal bore on my Heritage wheels to put a second seal outboard of the first,  With two seals and a little service the tapered bearings have a virtually unlimited lifespan.  They outlasted the wheels (250k) on my 86 FLST.
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