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Old 07-27-2009, 10:44 AM   #1
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Wheel Bearing Removal

Any ideas for pulling front or rear wheel bearings without the Suzuki tool? I'm replacing the rear bearings on an SV1K. Thought I could gently tap out from the opposite side by using the middle spacer, but can't get enough of a lip showing for my punch or drift pin. What's everybody else do?
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:21 AM   #2
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Re: Wheel Bearing Removal

I bought a bearing puller from Harbor Freight and used a heat gun to loosen things up a bit. They come out pretty easy that way, but every time you pull them, you risk damaging them.
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:39 AM   #3
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Re: Wheel Bearing Removal

Harbor Freight bearing removal kit is very nice. It's $40 regular price, sometimes they let is go down to $30. Works great for the one or two times you are going to use it.
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:07 PM   #4
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Re: Wheel Bearing Removal

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Old 07-27-2009, 01:17 PM   #5
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Re: Wheel Bearing Removal

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Any ideas for pulling front or rear wheel bearings without the Suzuki tool? I'm replacing the rear bearings on an SV1K. Thought I could gently tap out from the opposite side by using the middle spacer, but can't get enough of a lip showing for my punch or drift pin. What's everybody else do?
Never had a problem using a punch and hammer. Don't hit the spacer, run the punch down through the spacer and hit the inner race on the bearing directly. Replace with new bearings.
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:24 PM   #6
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Re: Wheel Bearing Removal

yeah - I was thinking after looking at a couple other forums that I might be able to actually hit the backside of the bearing, rather than the spacer. I didn't think about moving the spacer out of the way so I can get my drift pin onto the backside of the bearing I'm trying to tap out. I'll give it a shot 2nite.

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Re: Wheel Bearing Removal

You posted the right bearing puller. Works much better than a drift and hammer. Though even using the bearing puller, you will still need to replace the bearings.

I did my rear wheel bearings both ways. The drift and punch took quite some time (maybe 25 minutes to get out). The bearing puller took maybe 3 minutes, with no heat.

The tool was worth the $30 (I got it on sale). Also, in the latest Cycle World, Harbor Freight has a 20% off one item coupon.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:46 PM   #8
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Re: Wheel Bearing Removal

Give it the learn with a punch and hammer. Take you about 15 minutes on your first wheel, and about 2 minutes for every other. Give the spacer a nudge, then bash bash bash The opposite side, well, you won't need any instructions on that one!

Never reuse the bearings... a quality double sealed bearing is about NZD$6, so I'm guessing that you're looking at about USD$2 each in The States
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:11 PM   #9
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Re: Wheel Bearing Removal

Easy as pie - tapped 'em out with the hammer and drift (no heat needed), last nite I was trying to knock 'em out by hitting the opposite end of the spacer and kept loosing the edge. If I can find that HF coupon I may go ahead and pick up a bearing puller, "just in case." Got the bearings for $9 each, may have to go to Suzuki for the seal though.

Appreciate everyones' suggestions and advice!

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Old 07-27-2009, 09:33 PM   #10
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Re: Wheel Bearing Removal

I was thinking of doing this...where can I pick up the correct bearings for my 1st gen?
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