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So there's a really slight "knock" when bike is setting parked, and I turn lock to lock.

I pull front wheel off.

Can't turn bearings with my finger to check for looseness. Maybe they're made that way? Due to being double sealed?

Put front wheel on. Take off caliper. Spins really nice, no looseness. No wiggle.

Put it together. Torque axle and pinch nuts.

Seems OK. Hmmmm.

No looseness or vibes on Highway.
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Can't turn bearings with my finger to check for looseness. Maybe they're made that way? Due to being double sealed?
Something is wrong there - You should always be able to spin the internal race of the bearings with your fingers. Perhaps they were assembled wrong last time - Are they the original bearings or replacement ones?

If the outer races are set too deep, there is constant sideways pressure on the inner races because of the hub spacer...

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I had a bearing issue on my 2002 1200S.
Dealer changed tires.
Rear axle did not come out well...so it was driven out, but bearings not replaced.

On the freeway, I heard popping noises and rear hub was hot (70 miles on freeway).

Notice any heat on front hub after a distance?
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Sounds more like head stock adjustment needed.
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I've blown out 2 or 3 front wheel bearings. Supposed to last 60k I'm told, I got 20k or so a few times. Usually noticed by rust puking out of hub area, and wobbled just a bit when on the axle and in the forks. Can't say I've seen it ever seized. Always a little sloppy when bad, in my limited experience.
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I bought this 2007 with 10K on the odometer, I'd assume front wheel bearings are original.
Yes I will check head bearings.
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Thanks for sportsterpedia link too!
Might get a new set of bearings and install, just to be sure.

Only 10K miles on bike, but 13 years......
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My 05' wheel bearings, both front and rear are difficult to turn with my finger. It can be done but takes effort. They are original and must have been pressed in a little too far. They are smooth and tight so not going to replace them now. It's at 54K miles and not going to change them until the tires are replaced again.... or they go bad. For buying bearing look at Surdyke HD online, they sell them as a pair where dealers sell there individually.
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I just changed the front bearings on my ironhead. One side was okay and the other side had rusty brown colored grease in them and were looser than the other side. After as many years as yours is old, I'd suspect simply rain got in it and it's crunchy inside. Cost me $22 to replace them. Headstock bearings are more of course. The bearings wear divots in the races just from vibration. Saw a youtube video where a bike had a detent for going straight iow if you moved the handlebars near straight with bike with wheel off the ground, it would clunk/detent to straight ahead.
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