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Old 03-30-18, 01:45 PM
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I agree. Leaving the retainer in there is a better idea, than replacing with loose bearings.
There's fundamental enginerring principles involved...which we do not understand completely.
It's best to use the bearings as is, as intended by engineers.

Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
According to SMB Bearings (A Guide to Bearing Retainers or Bearing Cages) "A full complement (or full ball) bearing contains extra balls and has no retainer. It is used for its greater radial load capacity although axial load capacity is very small due to the risk of the balls fouling the filling slot during rotation. These bearings can only be used at low speeds and bearing torque is increased due to ball to ball friction."
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