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    Replacing front wheel bearings
    on: Aug 13, 2023, 12.44 pm
    Aug 13, 2023, 12.44 pm
    I went out for a good ride in the country, last Tuesday. About half way to my favorite state park/lake, my front wheel started screeching. 1st, it was a chirp. Then, it grew into a screeching.
    I stopped, to examine the bike, & found nothing. The bike stopped & handled as normal, but the screeching continued.
    I carefully returned home. At about half way home the screeching subsided &, eventually, ended.
    I removed the front wheel, suspecting a wheel bearing failure.
    Correct!
    I've  ordered new front wheel bearings  & a new front tire(dunlop roadsmart 4), since the front tire(RS3) was starting to cup.
    I'll  get both replaced this week & be back riding.
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    Re: Replacing front wheel bearings
    Reply #1 on: Aug 13, 2023, 04.53 pm
    Aug 13, 2023, 04.53 pm
    Wheel bearings make a difference.  I was experiencing a howl under heavy front braking I attributed to my old tires and new rubber fixed that.  The wheel bearings and seals I replaced on my '13 had no rough spots, in them but both were extremely stiff compared to the new ones, and there was evidence of water intrusion behind both seals and grooves worn in the spacers as well.  A minor job well worth doing.
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    Re: Replacing front wheel bearings
    Reply #2 on: Aug 14, 2023, 11.48 pm
    Aug 14, 2023, 11.48 pm
    I usually replace the outer seals every time I change tires.  I think this helps keep water out since the seals must wear a bit as the wheel rotates.

    After I remove the seals and before replacing them, I carefully pry the thin seal from the side of the bearings themselves and inspect the bearing for rust.  Sometimes I add a bit of grease before I push the thin seal back onto the side of the bearing.   This doesn't take long to do and I'd rather not have a bearing failure on the road.

    Also, bearings are standardized throughout the world- no need to order Triumph bearings.  I learned about this years ago from an article written by Cycle World's tech editor at the time, Gordon Jennings ( RIP).
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    Re: Replacing front wheel bearings
    Reply #3 on: Aug 15, 2023, 12.40 am
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    Yes SKF, Timken, and others available reasonably priced. :028:
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    Re: Replacing front wheel bearings
    Reply #4 on: Aug 15, 2023, 02.37 am
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    I got an "all balls" kit w/seals..
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    Re: Replacing front wheel bearings
    Reply #5 on: Aug 18, 2023, 03.38 pm
    Aug 18, 2023, 03.38 pm
    I got a dunlop rs IV, also, to replace the too short lived rs3's, while I  have the front wheel off..
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    Re: Replacing front wheel bearings
    Reply #6 on: Aug 23, 2023, 07.55 pm
    Aug 23, 2023, 07.55 pm
    I think I might be in your same shoes.  I'm currently performing my 10K service after getting home from a 1,700 mile trip.  Towards the end of the trip I was beginning to get more road noise than I thought I should.  After returning home my Road Smart IV is showing quite a bit of cupping so I think I need to do an inspection once I finish with all the other maintenance items.  The noise sounded like it was more from the rear, but I haven't found any issues in the drive shaft.  The shaft clunks when in gear on the center stand, but I think that is probably just it not being on a load.

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    Re: Replacing front wheel bearings
    Reply #7 on: Aug 24, 2023, 01.49 pm
    Aug 24, 2023, 01.49 pm
    I cannot imagine that the shaft would "clunk" when under "no load" rotation.
    To that end, I have already bought a good used low-mileage driveshaft.
    I had heard of a driveshaft, or two.., failing from either u-joint or rubber coupling deterioration.
    So, my guidance...ck it out more carefully..
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