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Well, It wouldn't Be Right Without something Goin' Wrong

Yeah, I was out riding with a buddy, had ridden some, stopped for lunch, then thought we'd ride a little further, over to the Twin Bridges area of Grand Lake in North East Oklahoma. Beautiful day in the mid 70's no clouds, and really not much wind. On the way back, 20 miles from home, I heard one little "chirp" sound, then two, a little further 3 or 4 more, and then I KNEW it was coming from MY front wheel. Yep! looks like I crushed a front wheel bearing.
I had to ride biotch back to get His truck and trailer. Back home safe in an hr. or so. anyway,...Heres the kicker,
I called the local dealer, and they wanted something like $70.00 plus tax just for 2 bearings and the races, for an '04 Vtx1800, just the parts!!! AND ofcorse, they had to order them, get 'em in about a week!! WHAT???
I called a place online, (I'll let ya know with a link later) but they had a "kit" with the left and right bearings With race seals for the Whoping price of $22.00 plus shipping. OEM bearing kit for less than 1 bearing at the local level,
"OK, I'll order them myself" "Thank you Prosports of Joplin. Always love talkin' to yaz, but I can't afford you".
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Were they "All balls" bearings? I saw a ton of threads on the VTX sites about front wheel bearing failures. If you need any instruction on replacing em I can probably dig up a link.


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I order most of my stuff online for this reason. I'm all for supporting local businesses, but when it enters the realm of rape, I sit down in front of the computer.
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Yeah, OTD I think it was "all balls" are you saying they have a history of failure, or the VTX's have a history of failure? I wouldn't doubt if it was with the bikes, they are pretty dang heavy, but ,...IDK. I started taking off the wheel, (Bearings aren't here yet though) I was thinking of just taking my wheel, and the new bearings to some reputable machine shop, maybe have them stick 'em in, for whatever their modest fee is. then pop it back on, myself. But Thanks for the offer.
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Thats one reason Starting Line gets a lot of my business. When I needed a voltage regulator, Dave looked up the stock, and it cost a fortune, and woould take a week. He then looked on another site, and found one for less than half the price that was here in two days.

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Yeah, OTD I think it was "all balls" are you saying they have a history of failure, or the VTX's have a history of failure? I wouldn't doubt if it was with the bikes, they are pretty dang heavy, but ,...IDK. I started taking off the wheel, (Bearings aren't here yet though) I was thinking of just taking my wheel, and the new bearings to some reputable machine shop, maybe have them stick 'em in, for whatever their modest fee is. then pop it back on, myself. But Thanks for the offer.
The VTX is having problems, everyone seems to be replacing them with the "All Balls".
I figured you could handle the job.


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If you'd only had a Harley...
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If you'd only had a Harley...
Then it wouldn't have made it a mile down the road from the dealership!

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Today I learned that I'll need to replace my front wheel bearings soon-ish. Had a new front tire put on, and the service guy told me my bearings probably won't last anywhere near as long as the tire. (He even took me back and had me "feel" for myself. Yup, they're not spinning as smoothly as they should.)

Hopefully I can eek another couple of months out of them, but I don't want to have the chirping of my front wheel to be the indication it's time.

I'm also glad that my local dealer doesn't want to charge me an arm and a leg. $20 for each bearing, plus $30 labor, so $70 total for the job. Don't have the tools to do it myself
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I'm also glad that my local dealer doesn't want to charge me an arm and a leg. $20 for each bearing, plus $30 labor, so $70 total for the job.
That is a very reasonable price.

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All Balls makes very good products.
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Since a couple of you guys gave the recommendation in this thread, I just ordered a set of All Balls bearings from bikebandit. Two bearing set, including shipping, was $16. I'll take that over $20 each for the OEM bearings.
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Sounds like you got yourself a good deal Gereke!

Now get them in and get back to riding!!!!!

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My current bearings aren't shot yet, so I'm still riding.

As soon as I get the bearings on the front door step, I'll be heading to my local shop to have them installed. Could save another few bucks by doing it myself, but due to a tool shortage I'm having the dealer do it. Fortunately I like my local Suzuki shop. Small mom and pop business that treats customers well.

The only issue I have with them was being "forced" to stare at a couple of the new bikes they had on the floor while my tire was being replaced.
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Now, couldn't they have been nice people and let you take one for a test ride while your tire was being replaced? lol

I should imagine that bearings are not all that difficult to replace. You dont have any friends who would have the proper tools you could borrow?

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Nope. I'm friendless when it comes to tool-having people. I've a basic socket set and screwdrivers which I use for routine maintenance on all of my vehicles.

I don't like messing with bearings unless I have a bearing tool handy. I don't have any sockets big enough to use as a psuedo-tool (as suggested in my Clymer manual). I think what I'm going to do is ask the service guy at the dealer if I can watch him replace the bearings (he should, he didn't mind when I was back in the service area for a bit watching him do the tire). That way I can learn by watching him so I can do it myself next time.

As for test rides while I waited.. I didn't even ask because I knew that would have been fun at first, then depressing knowing I couldn't later go: "Say.. maybe I'll just trade my S40 in on that new C50T or that GSX1250FA".

Well, that and the fact the guy that did my tire was the ONLY person there at the time. So he was having to work in my tire, answer the phone, talk to other customers that came in etc. I don't kid when I say it's a small business.
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