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Premature Rear Wheel Bearing Failure ??

One of my rear wheel bearings (long side) has decided to give up the ghost prematurely. I replaced both of them less than a year ago. Any ideas as why it might have failed so soon?
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Re: Premature Rear Wheel Bearing Failure ??

Crow what brand of bearing did ya put in? If it wasnt factory suzuki they dont last.If you do alot of mud you will be lucky if they last a year. I order mine from hawk $30 a side(bearing ,race,and seal).It takes three days US postal to get to NH.
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Mud and saltwater will kill 'em. I speak from personal experience. Of course, saltwater will make a perfectly good samurai a pile of rust in about a month and a half. Again, I'm speaking from personal experience...
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Both rear wheel bearings I got from Hawk have bit the dust , the second gets swapped out tomorrow nite . Those bearings had less than 7k on them . One cost me a 14hr day at work , and a tow bill . I am not fond of the seals having a habit of leaking , and pushing the grease out of the bearing , either . I think there may be a way to seal up the outside of the bearing , since water can run right against the sealed bearing's outside seal . I'd say the problem lies in the bearing sucking in water through the seal when they get hot . I'd almost like to run a rag seal much like a faucet packing between the bearing outer seal and the backing plate . Just not sure how to deal with the associated heat from the bearing and the brakes...
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remeber suzuki designed the axles and put in the correct bearings to take the load of what they had intended... 205's and open diffs... thro won tires twice that size, lock the axle and start wheeling and its bound to wear out
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Re: Premature Rear Wheel Bearing Failure ??

Crow,

Without sounding redundant, go with SGP.

That's all I use and have never had a failure, with 33's and 2" BS rims.
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For the present, I'll use whatever I can find to get on the road, but I'll set up another set of axle shafts with SGP bearings....
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Let me know, Shannon and I get shop discount and can pick you up a set and bring them to Zookin. Can get 410 plates too. In fact, if you want to set a pair up at Zookin', pull the bearings off your spares and bring 'um so we can put them on there. If ya want.
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Tim, let me know off list what the bearings, retainer, spacer and 410 backing plates will be......
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Re: Premature Rear Wheel Bearing Failure ??

I just called Shannon. The Suzuki dealer's 'puter are down. She'll get the prices later today or on Tuesday (she's trying to skip out early).
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