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    Front Wheel Spacer
    on: Sep 13, 2018, 08.32 pm
    Sep 13, 2018, 08.32 pm
    I'm putting on new tires, and I saw this on the right hand spacer. The two center grooves are supposed to be there. Anybody know why the other two are forming? The one closest to the two center grooves has not worn all the way around.


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    Re: Front Wheel Spacer
    Reply #1 on: Sep 15, 2018, 08.38 am
    Sep 15, 2018, 08.38 am
    Your oil seals will wear those grooves in as the spacer is aluminium. You can reverse the spacers and get more life out of them, but make sure you replace the seals as well (about 3 each from a local bearing supplier). I made a new pair out of stainless and haven't had any more troubles. I made my own as Triumph wanted 17 each (as I recall) which is a rip off.

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    Re: Front Wheel Spacer
    Reply #2 on: Sep 15, 2018, 05.16 pm
    Sep 15, 2018, 05.16 pm
    Thanks for the help, 1675. I wondered about the seals, and ran my finger around the edge to see if there was something sharp. (There wasn't.) I love this bike, but little things like this keep popping up that I've never experienced on my Japanese bikes. It's annoying! :084: :008:

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    Re: Front Wheel Spacer
    Reply #3 on: May 11, 2019, 07.19 pm
    May 11, 2019, 07.19 pm
    *Originally Posted by 1675 [+]
    Your oil seals will wear those grooves in as the spacer is aluminium. You can reverse the spacers and get more life out of them, but make sure you replace the seals as well (about 3 each from a local bearing supplier). I made a new pair out of stainless and haven't had any more troubles. I made my own as Triumph wanted 17 each (as I recall) which is a rip off.

    Have you noticed that the seals are actually wearing out quicker now they are rubbing against an harder stainless steel surface?

    I'm wondering if that's why Triumph made those spacers out of aluminium in the first place??

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    Re: Front Wheel Spacer
    Reply #4 on: May 16, 2019, 12.10 am
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    My stainless spacers have been in for about 4 years and 50,000 miles now and show no wear, unlike the original ally ones which were done at about 25000. The stainless spacers haven't worn the seals either, but at 2 to 3 for a seal that wouldn't be a problem for me anyway.

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    Re: Front Wheel Spacer
    Reply #5 on: May 16, 2019, 07.11 am
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    Thanks, that's interesting to know, my first thought were that the oil seals may come off worse for wear and need replacing sooner. Do Triumph consider them alloy spacers to be a consumable item along with the seals I'm wondering.....

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    Re: Front Wheel Spacer
    Reply #6 on: May 16, 2019, 09.56 am
    May 16, 2019, 09.56 am
    Maybe, but at 18 each plus vat (about 43 total) not a bad little earner.

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    Re: Front Wheel Spacer
    Reply #7 on: May 16, 2019, 11.11 am
    May 16, 2019, 11.11 am
    It is a shame that all these vehicle dealerships take the pi$$ when it comes to spare parts, I would buy more from them if they didn't. It's certainly wise to shop around.

     



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