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Old 29th May 2006
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Default I need new rear wheel bearings at 34,000km

I couldn't believe it today when I pulled my rear wheel off to fit a new tyre and I checked my wheel bearings only to find they felt a teensy bit "rough".

I assume this means they gotta be replaced but damn! I've only travelled 34,000 km (21,000miles).
I thought these new sealed bearings are supposed to last around 100,000km (60,000miles)
Whats up with that????

Anyway I rang the dealer and was quoted $78 EACH and that doesn't include fitting.

I tried to match them up at a cuppla local bearing shops and was told they aren't available and must be a special HD part

So I won't be buyin' them down here in OZ!
I'll hafta find a dealer in the USA who'll sell 'em to me coz I assume they'll be about a third the price over there.

I assume the old ones can be removed without a special HD tool. I was gunna get a local engineering shop to do it as my "local" dealership is over an hours drive away.
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I would have them checked, but it don't sound right.

Unless you do a lot of dirt road riding.
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I would have them checked, but it don't sound right.

Unless you do a lot of dirt road riding.
No dirt riding except for my driveway.
They are sealed anyway.
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We're gettin a lot more mileage than that on the Twinkies up here... I think we've only replaced a couple of sets... and they were on high mileage dressers

and our roads are probably about as bad as they get...

Might be worth gettin ya local engineering shop to give an opinion on 'em
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Is there a number on the bearings?

Can you measure them?


I'm sure the bearings are out there somewhere.
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They're a special size .... made for HD...


Not unusual a lot of different manufacturers do it...



Although I am testing a sealed bearing to fit earlier style wheels with the Timkins....

It apears to be holding up well at the moment
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A 2004 still had the 3/4" axle.

So the inner diameter could also be 19mm. With a number and/or measurement you may find them.............


Check www.mcmaster.com to see if they might list them
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Found some on ebay..........

# 4644441250

3/4" ID
21mm wide
52mm OD

BTW, don't know anything about seller good or bad............
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Thanks for the replies

These are the numbers and letters stamped on the bearings..

T 12 04

INA 45

F - 390598

H-D 9267 <-- this is the listed HD part # at the dealership

I haven't got very good verniers (crappy plastic ones ) but these are the measurements I got. It was a little hard to measure the width.

3/4" or 19mm ID

52mm OD

"About" 20 - 21 mm wide.

So it looks like the ones you found on ebay, Toe, are the right ones.

I've already sent an email to H&M HD asking if they have the OE ones in stock and how much they cost. If they are a reasonable price I'll go with them but if not I'll follow up those on ebay.

I got close to 100,000 km on my first Sporty before I sold it and it was fitted with the older style tapered roller bearings which I'd inspect and repack with grease every rear tyre change.
Those bearings where still in good condition and I would expect at least that much milage outa these new fangled ones.

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If you can get them cheap, you might want to consider 2-sets.......... (front tire)
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