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Front wheel bearings
« on: February 26, 2016, 10:06:43 pm »
My back wheel bearings collapsed at 27000miles, now the front ones have "gone" at 29000.
This is the fifth time I've had bearings collapse....4 of them on trophies (older models), and all around 30,000 miles
There is a familiar tinny sound each time....I think this is the steel cage holding the ball bearings breaking down.
This turns into scraping noise, which gets louder...there is also a slight shuddering when you apply the front brake.
Luckily I was only a quarter of a mile from home.
The trouble is...there's no Triumph Dealership in the north-east of England anymore.....so I'll have to hump that friggin wheel somewhere else to get it done....(out of warranty)

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Re: Front wheel bearings
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2016, 03:09:55 am »
That is a lot of bearing failures at relatively low mileage.  Do you use a pressure washer or car wash to clean your machine?  I ask because, that would be a possible root cause of premature bearing failures; water and contaminants forced past dust seals, and into the bearings.

This is just what comes to my mind when having this type of problem.
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Re: Front wheel bearings
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2016, 05:07:48 am »
That is a lot of bearing failures at relatively low mileage.  Do you use a pressure washer or car wash to clean your machine?

I was thing the same thing, that or a lot of riding in the rain.

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Re: Front wheel bearings
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2016, 03:43:59 pm »
I ride all year round, and occasionally jet wash, but am careful with the spray.....but it looks like the water has found a way in somehow.....

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Re: Front wheel bearings
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2016, 03:45:24 pm »
That is less than impressive!!! I could expect those exposed parts to be made of much more corrosion resistant material!
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Re: Front wheel bearings
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2016, 03:48:47 pm »
P.S.....thank you Gary for your offer to help.....much appreciated mate

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Re: Front wheel bearings
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2016, 06:50:09 pm »
*Originally Posted by Blazer [+]
I ride all year round, and occasionally jet wash, but am careful with the spray.....but it looks like the water has found a way in somehow.....
Whenever I have removed a wheel on any of my last 7 Triumphs and more other brands, I always noticed a small groove on the axle spacers caused by wear from the oil/grease seal lip. Because of this I used to change seals early (at very little $£€) but the groove would still be there. So I also packed ALL space between seal and bearing with lithium based grease before assembly.
I have used jet washers year around for cleaning and leave blowers for drying and never noticed any corrosion or water ingression and up to now  :020: no wheel bearing failure
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Re: Front wheel bearings
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2016, 04:27:56 pm »

Those bearings I took out were made in China..

 



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