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I have RC Component Wheels, within the last 3 months i have gone through 2 sets of wheel bearings... any suggestions on what could be the problem... had a shop go over the wheel and put the second set of bearings and inner spacers in after the first set got hosed... Thinking about going back to the stock wheels..
 

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What are the torque specs for your wheels? I know a lot of aftermarket wheels have different (lower) torque specs than OEM wheels.
 

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Misalignment.

Incorrect preload; if the length of the preload spacer doesn't very precisely match the distance between where the bearings seat on the wheel, this will overload the bearings and smoke them in no time.
 

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Rear Wheel Bearing destroyed??

The inner spacers and bearings were orderd direclty from RC, explaining what bike I have etc.... don't think thats it....

Although I didn't get new spacers from them.. I was using the spacers from my stock wheels...

as a side note: I have had these wheels for 2 years now.. and didn't experience this problem at all last year..

Should I just go back to the Stock Wheels???
 

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I would figure out why you have the problem, have the bearings got dust seals on them ? are they "true" in the wheels, are they completely sealed or covers just on one side, lots of variables.

Misalignment, preload and lubrication/water contamination are the biggest problems for failed bearings.

Or inadequate bearings for the job.
 

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The bearings were completely sealed, and completely in wheel..

Preload is the only real variable i can think of... brand new everything else??

I don't use water to wash the bike, had gotten caught in the rain 2 times within about a week, but that is the only water it has seen....

as far as being the right ones for the job?? are there that are better for high speed... ie riding hard track type riding but can be used on the street too?? need to get baby girl back on the road quick... having withdrawl symtoms..
 

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The preload is set by the length of the inner spacer, if you reaasemble the wheel with new bearings they should just barely touch the inner spacer when they are in their free state if it is too loose then the inner part of the bearing will get pushed to one side putting all the thrust on the side walls of the bearing.
 

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The preload is set by the length of the inner spacer, if you reaasemble the wheel with new bearings they should just barely touch the inner spacer when they are in their free state if it is too loose then the inner part of the bearing will get pushed to one side putting all the thrust on the side walls of the bearing.
Yes deffinately a fine line.(or gap)

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I had a Nice pretty set of forged aluminums. Beautiful sexy and all things good life is great. I can drag knee in parking lots and every time I look at it a ray of light comes down from the sky's illuminating my Ninja.

Then I hear bang bang bang.

SHREDDED bearings

Improper spacer.
 

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I have RC Component Wheels, within the last 3 months i have gone through 2 sets of wheel bearings... any suggestions on what could be the problem... had a shop go over the wheel and put the second set of bearings and inner spacers in after the first set got hosed... Thinking about going back to the stock wheels..
How did you know yoour wheel bearings were shot? Thats never happenned to me before so I wasnt to know what to look for.
 
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