November 21st, 2016, 09:12 PM
Joined: Feb 2005
From: Perth Western Australia
I Ride: FE 501
yes, bolt the wheel back in bike, place a hand each side of the tyre , try and shake it sideways, if there is any movement, that will indicate the bearings are done.
You may also while the wheel is out, stick a finger in on the inner bearing race and turn it. If it is notchy , very loose ,or doesn't turn very freely , then it is shagged also I would say. I used to get about 200hr out of bearings.
As mentioned, do the seals also. You can flick them out with a flat blade screw driver. I then stick a long drift into the middle of the wheel , shake it back and forth, this will lay the spacer to the side, allows me to then get a drift onto the bearing to knock it out. Make sure it comes out evenly. Before you knock it out, I would say there will be a cir clip that needs removing first.
Place the new bearings into the freezer for half hour, it will make it slightly smaller and will tap in easier , make sure you don't hit the dust seal or inner race tapping it in. Can use a socket just slightly smaller than the bearing or end of a bit of pipe to get the new bearing in.
Of course , this is properly not using the correct toolage or preferred methodology , but it works for me, ha ha.
Hope that helps some.