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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-23-2001, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Spidertrax disk brake question

I just recently received my hybrid axle from Tough Trails (excellent workmanship!!!), And I have just finished installing a Spidertrax disk brake kit on it (Kudos on it's quality also!!!).
My question concerns the fact that about 1/4 of the axle bearing is left exposed to the elements, due to the shape of the adapter plate for the calipers. Has anyone experienced any problems from this? It seems to me, if I were to ford a deep stream, the only thing keeping the axle from getting flooded is the axle oil seal (I run a vent hose to the engine compartment...soon to be connected to a snorkle). I realize that the rear axle bearing is sealed, but anyone who has used...say..Rollerblabdes knows how long "sealed bearings" will last when exposed to the elements. It could just be that I'm being paranoid but, 2" backspaced wheels already put extra wear on the bearings.....maybe regularly replacing the rear axle bearings is just a normal part of enjoying these Mods!!!
Any thoughts, rumors or ideas would be appreciated!
Thanks!!!! (I know the Rollerblades analogy was pretty weak..but hey, you gotta rely on your experiences!)




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Re: Spidertrax disk brake question

All you can do is spray the exposed area with some undercoat to keep the rust worms away. The Japanese make pretty good
seals so I would not worry too much about it.


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Re: Spidertrax disk brake question

Don't worry about it, and I'll tell you why.

The drum backing plate is not water tight. It allows water to enter thru the hole that the axle goes in. With that design, water, mud and road salt can get in there and sit. On 98% of the real axle we pull, the bearing are rusty, any usually toasted. I've seen it complicated by folks who put silicon on the flange before putting the backing plate on. Then it can't drain at all!

The the disks, be it Spidertrax or the home-grown mod, there is an opening that allows this water and crap to drain out. If you are still concerend, hit it occasionally with a smear of grease.

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Re: Spidertrax disk brake question

Thanks, that makes some sense.I hadn't considered the fact that there is no seal on the backing plate axle opening. When I removed the original axle to send to TT, the pervious owner used silicon on the backing plate and untill now, thought that was a good idea.

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