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When I bought my bike used I had to also buy a used rear wheel off of EBay to replace the damaged rim it came with. I don't know the mileage on the rear bearings for this reason but there is a detectable notch when rotating the bearing by hand but no lateral play in wheel. As a precaution thought I would change the bearings in it so I have a few questions for those who might have already done this procedure.

I have already watched a few YouTube videos on this including the excellent one done by MC Garage so have a basic idea on the process now

1) Do I need to buy a long drift to push them out or can I just use a hammer and long flat head screw driver?

2) The All Balls kit shows it comes with three bearings for the rear wheel, where does the 3rd bearing go?

3) Does anyone know the generic bearing numbers as I have a bearing wholesaler nearby?

4) What size of sockets work best to push the new bearings in?

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/new-ri...heel-bearings/
https://fortnine.ca/en/all-balls-whe...al-kit-25-1386

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1) Do I need to buy a long drift to push them out or can I just use a hammer and long flat head screw driver?
You could but it would be much easier with a drift punch. You could also use a ratchet extension. See attached pic.

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2) The All Balls kit shows it comes with three bearings for the rear wheel, where does the 3rd bearing go?
2 of them are for the rear wheel. The other is for the sprocket holder. See attached pic.

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3) Does anyone know the generic bearing numbers as I have a bearing wholesaler nearby?
You need 2 sealed bearings 6204 UU. The size is Size: 20 x 47 x 14 mm. Don't worry about the letters after the 6204. These indicate "sealed on both sides". Your bearing vendor will set you up.

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4) What size of sockets work best to push the new bearings in?
I can check later if you wish but I prefer to use the old bearing which I have previously removed. I have tapped some in with sockets or old bearings but after a few close calls (bearing inserted crooked), I prefer to use a threaded rod with large washer to pull the bearing into the wheel. The rod is inserted through the wheel on one side. Then on the other end of the threaded rod: the new bearing, old bearing, flat washers and nut to squeeze everything in place.

Note: Don't forget to replace the center spacer before installing the second bearing. It's been done more than once by more than one rider.
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Yes due worry about the letters at the end- if you get 2RS that means they are rubber sealed on both ends and will last a lot longer- grease can't come out-a hammer and large screw driver will work just fine being your not going to reuse them--now for installing them take them out the box and put them in the freezer for about 1-2 hours just before you take them out heat the wheel hub with a hair dryer hot to touch the bearing should just slip right in with only a little push if not take the old bearing put it on top and tap -and that's it
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I've got 70k on my bearings and I'm eager to hear your after action report on your bike.

Cheers, and thanks for the great info.


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http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...-pictures.html
Been already said , but several things to know ZZ,UU, 2RS, all seals are different and letter designates this by the manufacturer. You may also see C3 , which stands for the clearance tolerance


http://www.microbluebearings.com/pag...FIX-CODES.html This is a excellent source, explaining both seal and clearance.
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