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Old 12-01-11, 10:32 PM
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Replacing bearings on WI hub

My rear tandem hub needs new bearings.
White Industries lists the bearings as 6902-2RS.

Would these work?

https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...e+Bearing.aspx

Is there any preferred brand? I hear Enduro a lot.
The instructions also call for a bearing puller. I found this one:

https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ng+Puller.aspx

I assume to press the bearings in you could use a large bolt and washers?

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6902 refers to the size, inner diameter, outer diameter and width. Any bearing with that designation would fit. The 2RS part refers to the type of seals, which is a less critical feature.

For my inline skates, nothing has ever come close to the original SKF bearings. But for bikes I can't really say that I've noticed any other difference apart from "worn", "run in" and "new".

A puller can be handy, but I've usually simply tapped out the bearing from the other side.

Bolt and washer is a so-so technique. Bolt-and-washer will have you pressing sideways on the inner race (to some degree), and these bearings don't really like that kind of load.
Ideally, when installing a bearing (w/o the axle being present), you should seat a bearing by pushing on the outer race only.
Now, a bearing can take a bit of sideways load, so unless it's a really tight fit in the hub, bolt-and-washer may still work out OK.

My favourite improvised bearing press tools are the sockets out of a socket wrench set. There's just about always one in there that'll mate up nicely with the outer race.
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6902 refers to the size, inner diameter, outer diameter and width. Any bearing with that designation would fit. The 2RS part refers to the type of seals, which is a less critical feature.

For my inline skates, nothing has ever come close to the original SKF bearings. But for bikes I can't really say that I've noticed any other difference apart from "worn", "run in" and "new".

A puller can be handy, but I've usually simply tapped out the bearing from the other side.

Bolt and washer is a so-so technique. Bolt-and-washer will have you pressing sideways on the inner race (to some degree), and these bearings don't really like that kind of load.
Ideally, when installing a bearing (w/o the axle being present), you should seat a bearing by pushing on the outer race only.
Now, a bearing can take a bit of sideways load, so unless it's a really tight fit in the hub, bolt-and-washer may still work out OK.

My favourite improvised bearing press tools are the sockets out of a socket wrench set. There's just about always one in there that'll mate up nicely with the outer race.
Thanks for tip on using a socket. I can probably pick one up cheap at Harbor Freight.
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Originally Posted by jnbrown
Thanks for tip on using a socket. I can probably pick one up cheap at Harbor Freight.
If you are planning to buy a socket for this specific use, be sure to take the bearing with you. Get a socket that has almost exactly the same OD as the bearing's outer race OD but not so large it won't fit into the hubshell recess.

I expect what dbac was talking about is that he already has a fairly complete set of sockets and just picks an appropriate one from the existing choices.
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Enduro is a 90% fill, all ball type bearing cartridge.
an angular contact bearing in a Hub
may be better than a radial contact type, if there is an adjustment, mechanism.
as they function like a cup and cone, the orientation is a factor when installed..
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White Ind. bearings

White OEM bearings are Enduro.

https://enduroforkseals.com/
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