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In this podcast, I'm joined by Lurch, and we cover everything you need to know about your Harley-Davidson sealed wheel bearings. We were replacing the rocker cover ad rocker cover housing gaskets on my 2014 Harley Street Glide Special. A step in the replacement procedures required us to rotate the rear tire. We noticed that my rear tire would move side to side and there was an audible “knocking” sound coming from the wheel as we manipulated it side to side.
We removed the tire and found that one of the sealed wheel bearings was failing.
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The rear wheel of model years 2008 to current touring models equipped with ABS require three non-ABS bearings (Harley Part #9276B) and one ABS bearing (Harley Part #9252A). The front wheel requires one non-ABS and one ABS bearing. There is o difference in bearing parts numbers for the front and the rear wheel. Non-touring model rear wheels only require one ABS and one non-ABS bearing.
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We know some guys that change their bearings at every single tire change, just for good measure. Harley says you should inspect your wheel bearings at every tire change. You do this by inserting a finger into the inner race of the bearing and rotating it in both directions. The bearing should rotate freely and smoothly. If you note any drag, rough rotation, or abnormal noises you should replace them.
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just wanted to drop a quick note about the wheel bearing segment and that is that 2008 did not use 4 wheel bearings they only used 3 and the third one which went in the drive pulley is shall we say “special” with a collar offset it only fits 2008 due to that year still using the old style mu85 rim and tire setup and the cush drive was a bolt on and not cast into the wheel like 2009 and newer