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Wheel bearing issues? At 13k? Front end noise...

Ive had a V a few weeks....only done commuting, short 2-3 hour rides twice....

Yesterday I went on a nice long ride, 5-6 hours, and the front wheel started making this god awful squeaking noise...not super loud, but loud enough for my buddy to hear on his R1 over the GYTR exhaust. Seemingly no difference in sound when off/on the brakes.

I'm gonna throw it on the stands and pull the calipers after work, spin in and make sure the issue does not lie in the brakes. (Anyone know the torque for the caliper bolts by the way?)

Has anyone heard of an issue like this? I searched and found a couple threads....but none where the issue appeared out of the blue at relatively low mileage.
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I can't remember off the top of my head but here's a link for the service manual. The bolt heads are very soft!

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Thanks for that!

If I go ahead and replace the bearings, what else should I replace with them?
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I've replaced front wheel bearings twice (so I'm on my third set) at 70k kms. It's a pretty simple job with a bearing puller and the parts are cheap. There's a dust seal for each bearing that gets changed at the same time (usually sold with the new bearings).
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It's your brakes that are squeaking. Removing and cleaning the calipers and brake pads will help. You could clean and lube your rotor mount bobbins too. Make sure you get no lube on pads or rotors. Clean your rotors with solvent (or gasoline) on clean rag when you're done.
Your front weel bearings should be fine if there's no free play and if it rotates smoothly.

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It's your brakes that are squeaking. Removing and cleaning the calipers and brake pads will help. You could clean and lube tour rotor mount bobbins too. make sure you get no lube on pads or rotors. Clean your rotors with solvent (or gasoline) on clean rag when you're done.
Your front weel bearings should be fine if there's no free play and if it rotates smoothly.
Thanks for the info guys.

I pulled the axle and gave it a coat of waterproof grease and it corrected the squeak in question.

Any explanation for this?
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Thanks for the info guys.

I pulled the axle and gave it a coat of waterproof grease and it corrected the squeak in question.

Any explanation for this?
You just shifted brake parts around a bit. Squeak will most likely remanifest itself.
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Thanks for the info guys.

I pulled the axle and gave it a coat of waterproof grease and it corrected the squeak in question.

Any explanation for this?
After a short ride, the squeak has returned. Ill bring it to the shop :/
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Can't you remove brake calipers and pads to clean them yourself?
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I'll give it a shot. I'm just skeptical because the sound remains consistent regardless of application of the brakes.

I should have a little time after work tomorrow to check check it out.

Any good tutorials on the process?
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I'll give it a shot. I'm just skeptical because the sound remains consistent regardless of application of the brakes.

I should have a little time after work tomorrow to check check it out.

Any good tutorials on the process?
Check that you do not have a warped rotor.
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Warped rotors are caused by intense heat from lots of braking right? Unless something else can cause it, that's not it...
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