Join Date: May 2012
Location: Mechanicsville VA
I just did a bearing change on a friends 02TC (rear) and I can tell you it is almost impossible to remove the axle from the rear through the bearings because of rust and you will for sure ruin the bearings knocking the axle out of them. Be sure and clean all the rust off of the axle when you reinstall it and grease the crap out of it. Also the direction the axle comes out is the side of the wheel that has the snap ring in it so the bearing won't come out of the wheel as you're beating on the axle. I used brass drifts as my driving rods to remove the axle and the bearings trying not to damage the axle, I just happened to have bearings to fit his bike on hand as I've done several of these bearing changes over the years.
The bearing on the left side will not be damaged unless you beat on it only the right side needs replacement unless it's a bad bearing and you can tell just by turning it with your finger in the hole but to be on the safe side I recommend changing both. Both bags will have to come off and the muffles too. Takes about 4 hours to complete unless you've done it before. We also changed the tire. Also there are no seals to replace just bearings.
To remove the bearings from the inter-hub, remove the snap ring, flip the wheel over and take a long screwdriver or a long brass rod and push the inter-hub spacer to one side(the inter-hub spacer keeps the bearings from being push in once the axle nut is tightened) to exposed the inter-race of the bearing of the other side(the one with the snap ring)take a long brass rod(drift) and a big hammer and beat the bearing out(don't worry about damaging anything as it's no good anyway), once the bearing starts to move out of the hub, using your brass rod push the inter-spacer to the other side across to exposed the inter-race(180 degs) and beat it out, switch back and forth until the bearing falls out, flip the wheel over and just knock the other side bearing out, the inter-hub spacer is out of the way now and the other side bearing is wide open to be knocked out of the hub. Replace bearings in reverse order. Good luck!
Last edited by diamonbird; 09-17-2014 at 06:34 AM.