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Phil Wood Hub bearing replacement? (Non FSA hubs)

Old 10-02-11, 09:56 PM
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Phil Wood Hub bearing replacement? (Non FSA hubs)

So I have an older Phil Wood freewheel hub. I initially though it was the FSA style, but I've been getting some strange noises while pedaling, and it appears the drive side bearing is on the way out. After taking a good look at it, it is clearly a 1st generation style road hub.

So my question is, has anyone figured out a way to pull these apart and replace the bearings? From other info I've found online, I can see how they are assembled. The whole thing is pretty much a press-fit situation. The best idea I can come up with is somehow crafting a mini headset tool to knock off the endcaps. Not exactly sure what I would use to make that. Just wondering if anyone else had already been through this.

These wheels have been one thing after another and I just had the rear rebuilt. I'm not excited about the idea of sending a whole wheel to get a hub serviced, and I don't want to take it apart to send just the hub.

EDIT: Basically this, but obviously without the threaded bolts in the end caps. I've seen it called a "three piece" design as well.

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I sent similar Phil Wood hubs back to the company for new bearings and to re-space the rear to 130mm and add quick release axles when I built my LHT. But, I was going to new rims so stripped the wheels and simply sent in the hubs. Looking at the exploded photos I think I would tackle it myself using sockets as drifts. Easier I'm sure if the hubs are not attached to rims.
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There was a discussion about this a while back on the CR list. I recall someone describing the procedure to disassemble and rebuild the whole hub and it involving lock-tite. Sorry I can't be more specific than that.

You can send the whole mess to Phil. I have heard good things about their customer service.
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I remember doing this when I went to 126 mm axle. Did Not have to

take the wheel apart. I think pressing the axle out one way and then putting in the new one with the loctite supplied.
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