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I put new bearings in my rear hub some time back, but now that I think about it, they kind of slipped in easy with finger pressure for the most part.

Is this all right, should I take them out and raise some nubs with punch, should I get a new hub, or what?
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My ‘76 rear hub was the same way. Very easy in and out with the bearings on both sides.
Good fit with no shake but not a press fit.
I was kind of shocked when I went to cast wheels with Timkens and found out how much interference fit they had.
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raise some nubs with punch,
i remember hearing about that from the machinist i used when i did overhead crane service.
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I put new bearings in my rear hub some time back, but now that I think about it, they kind of slipped in easy with finger pressure for the most part.

Is this all right, should I take them out and raise some nubs with punch, should I get a new hub, or what?
I would, and you can also use the bearing lock material (it's like locktite for bearings). I used it for a crank main bearing on a RM125 many years ago. It held for a long time, but eventually the heat got to it. When it would fail, you could see the magnito moving in and out as the bike ran. I did also stake it like you mention and that is a great idea too. I don't think the hub will get as hot as the crank bearing did, so I think it will help you.
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I would, and you can also use the bearing lock material (it's like locktite for bearings). I used it for a crank main bearing on a RM125 many years ago. It held for a long time, but eventually the heat got to it. When it would fail, you could see the magnito moving in and out as the bike ran. I did also stake it like you mention and that is a great idea too. I don't think the hub will get as hot as the crank bearing did, so I think it will help you.
Duh I didn't even think of Loctite (680 I think) and I happen to have a bottle I used on my fork stem bearings.

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I remember changing them in the 70s on low mile bikes, they were a slip fit from the factory, just a light tap had them in and out.
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