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how reliable are the wheel and head bearings in the rc and how often should they be replaced?

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Wheel bearings will hold up...the stock steering head bearings are shite.
When you replace them and you will use a good aftermarket tapered roller bearing kit. Everyone around here uses and sells the All Ballz kit/brand.

I just did my steering head and I check the wheel bearings every time the wheels come off for any reason...




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ok, gonna be doing my head bearings this winter thats why i checked. only reason i asked about the wheels is that the prev owner used it to commute every day and left it out in da rain. also the rear wheel makes a slight squeal noise, ive noticed it when the engines off and im slowly manoeuvring it.

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My rule of thumb is if it's suspect change it...I would re and re those wheel bearings as well.



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I dont know if the bearings are anything like dirtbikes but we knock out our wheel bearings & remove the seal covers with a dentist pick carefully and soak them in gas to break down the grease a clean everything very well then repack them with a good grease & pop the seals back in & reinstall them. Better than having to replace them so soon. Very pricey!!!!

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would these do?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HONDA-RVT1...item20ce5630d4

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The brand is right but the listing says SP2...you are SP1 correct? Just order the right application and you are good to go.



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SP2 have a larger diameter steering stem than SP1.
You'll need to ensure a bearing kit is specifically for the SP1.
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I dont know if the bearings are anything like dirtbikes but we knock out our wheel bearings & remove the seal covers with a dentist pick carefully and soak them in gas to break down the grease a clean everything very well then repack them with a good grease & pop the seals back in & reinstall them. Better than having to replace them so soon. Very pricey!!!!

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Replacement bearings are not that expensive.
Far easier to replace with new than bother repacking for street use.
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I would stick with the NSK bearings....life of theses seems to be above average in an industrial scene

If possible use a sealed bearing (Designated by a ZZ-stainless or VV or WW for over molded steel and rubber. There are no zerks so the sealed bearing is a better choice here, the wiper seals won't stop everything.

NTN or Nachi are a good 2nd choice. I have not used the Allballs brand but folks seem to have success with them too.



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