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Old 06-25-16, 06:31 AM   #1
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Shiman freehub body very loud bearings. Should I clean it and lube it or it's junk?

The bearings in my Shimano R500 rear wheel are super loud. Im sure it's the freehub body, it only makes the sound when the hub is freewheeling.

Should I take off the freehub body, drop it in some solvent, and lube it with oil? Is that going to get rid of the noise, or the bearings and bearing surfaces are worn, and I need a new complete freehub body?

I dissasembled freehub bodies before, don't really want to do that now. Not a fun job.
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Should I take off the freehub body, drop it in some solvent, and lube it with oil?
That, along with overhauling the hub bearings while at it, is what I'd do.

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Sadly it's not better. Maybe a tiny bit. The bearing itself is almost as loud as the pawls in the freehub...
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Sadly it's not better. Maybe a tiny bit. The bearing itself is almost as loud as the pawls in the freehub...
Same boat here. Going to build new wheels after I settle the axle length issue of 130 vs 135 for my frame.
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Sadly it's not better. Maybe a tiny bit. The bearing itself is almost as loud as the pawls in the freehub...

It was worth a try.

A new freehub might be less cost effective than relegating the noisy wheel to rain bike status if you are concerned about a failure in service and replacing it w/ a new wheel for distance riding. All of the rear cassette wheels that I have in service are Shimano Ultegra/RS quality. Durable, easy to service, affordable and very smooth if the cones are properly adjusted.

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How much are you willing to spend on that bike?

Freehub bodies aren't too expensive but I usually recycle mine from trashed rear wheels. Those are generally easy to find. I must confess to never having opened up a freehub body because they are so fast, easy and cheap to replace.
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How much are you willing to spend on that bike?

Freehub bodies aren't too expensive but I usually recycle mine from trashed rear wheels. Those are generally easy to find. I must confess to never having opened up a freehub body because they are so fast, easy and cheap to replace.
I agree. Many shops that I have been to have a box of hubs from trashed wheels (dead rims) that the customer did not want...with nothing wrong but not being a part of a wheel. You could buy the hub to get the freehub off, or buy a new freehub altogether. I shouldn't expect a new one at retail to cost more than $35-40.

Of course, if this is an excuse to buy new wheels, well...
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How much are you willing to spend on that bike?

Freehub bodies aren't too expensive but I usually recycle mine from trashed rear wheels. Those are generally easy to find. I must confess to never having opened up a freehub body because they are so fast, easy and cheap to replace.
Not sure. I found freehub bodies for this model, and you're right they're not that expensive. Although I might just use it as is for a while. It sounds rough but it works and there is no play in it.

I opened up one freehub body, and it was pointless. It's just like a cup and cone hub. If the bearing surfaces are worn out you can't do anything about it.

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