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Trouble removing stuck wheel bearing & axle

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    Trouble removing stuck wheel bearing & axle

    I have a spare set of 900SS wheels that I just sold on eBay. I forgot that the front wheel has the axle stuck in the bearing, and I can't get it out. I've tried a few gentle taps with a BFH, but no success yet.




    In the first picture, at about 7 o'clock, there is a small slot in the seal (retainer? clip?) that I think keeps the bearing in place. I've tried using snap-ring pliers, but it's not budging. Does that seal have to come out in order for the bearing & axle to come out?

    I have a spare front axle, so I don't mind cutting this one up if that's what it takes. And the wheel bearing is going to need to be replaced anyway, so I can destroy that too. This is what the parts diagram shows:


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    Re: Trouble removing stuck wheel bearing & axle

    bigger hammer?

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    Re: Trouble removing stuck wheel bearing & axle

    ive seen some real clams come through my shop that require a 10lb sledge to get the axle out. especially vrods for some reason. if you dont put anti-seize on a v rod axle, it may never come out.
    the duc is probably an aluminum axle with a steel bearing. mis matched metals can be a bitch. try heat and a RBFH. realistically, its probably not the bearing, it may be the spacer fucking you up

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    Re: Trouble removing stuck wheel bearing & axle

    BFH... my thoughts exactly.

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    Re: Trouble removing stuck wheel bearing & axle

    Thanks guys. I ended up taking it to a local NAPA to get it pressed out. It took me HOURS to find someone willing to do the job, as soon as most garages/shops heard "motorcycle wheel" they wadded up their panties and told me no-can-do. I told the NAPA guy this and he said, "That's because they're a bunch of pussies".

    I tried using a 3lb framing hammer and MAPP gas. I was hitting the axle hard enough to chip metal but the fucking thing never budged. Hence the press...

    I want to buy a press.

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    Re: Trouble removing stuck wheel bearing & axle

    Cheap press at harbor freight

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    Re: Trouble removing stuck wheel bearing & axle

    Make sure the press is wide enough to fit a motorcycle wheel in... Most of the "bargain" 12 ton presses aren't. I didn't check the HF one specifically.

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