Bearings - Ugh! Let my Mechanic deal with it! I used to think that way. Who wants to get all dirty removing the wheel, then yanking out the old bearings and pressing new ones in. I mean, what if I do it wrong? What if they won't come out? What if I break something? What if the new ones won't fit? What if I bought the wrong size or wrong type?... Arrrrggghhh!!!
Time to chill out! For one thing, starting in 2008, Harley pretty much standardized their wheel bearings, and it comes down to two sizes. Each wheel requires two (2) bearings. If your bike doesn't have Antilock Breaking (ABS), both will be the same "standard" bearing. If your bike has ABS, you'll need one "standard" bearing, and one "encoder" bearing for each wheel.
The two bearing sizes are as follows:
|Encoder bearing on the top
Standard bearing on the bottom.
|You can see the added
thickness of the encoder bearing.
|The ridge goes towards
the inside of the hub.
|This is a typical bearing install kit.
You'll only need 1/2 these parts!
As previously mentioned, if you have a bike that doesn't have ABS, then both bearings are the same, and it doesn't matter which side faces out. However, if your bike does have ABS, the thicker encoder bearing gets installed with the grooved side facing in, and the encoder side facing out. (The gold side of the bearings in the pictures) I'm not going to bore you to death explaining the technique of removing and installing the bearings because you can find good videos of the whole process on YouTube.
How can you tell you need new bearings? Well, usually your bearings will tell you they need replacing - hopefully before they cause an accident. I've found that one way to tell is to listen when you enter and exit cloverleafs - entrance & exit ramps. Bad bearings will sometimes sing to you while you're in those tight turns. They also might produce a rumble you can feel - though your tires might also produce that. You can also check the wheels for wobble or looseness while up on a bike lift. If you have your bike on a lift, rotate the wheels by hand and listen and feel for the smoothness of rotation. The wheel should glide during rotation with even pressure against your hand.
|MANUFACTURER||PART NUMBER||1st BEARING||2nd BEARING||RACE MATERIAL||BALL MATERIAL||PRICE||COMMENTS|
|HARLEY-DAVIDSON||9276B||NON-ABS||STEEL||STEEL||$18.99 ea.||ONE STANDARD BEARING|
|HARLEY-DAVIDSON||9252A||ABS ENC.||STEEL||STEEL||$27.49 ea.||ONE ABS BEARING|
|DRAG SPECIALTIES||0215-0225||NON-ABS||NON-ABS||STEEL||STEEL||$12.95 pr.||ONE SET FOR NON-ABS BIKES|
|DRAG SPECIALTIES||0215-0962||ABS ENC.||NON-ABS||STEEL||STEEL||$28.95 pr.||ONE SET FOR ABS BIKES|
|DRAG SPECIALTIES||0215-0288||NON-ABS||NON-ABS||STEEL||STEEL||$22.95 set||4 BEARINGS FOR NON-ABS BIKES|
|V-TWIN||12-0996||ABS ENC.||NON-ABS||STEEL||STEEL||$35.88 pr.||ONE SET FOR ABS BIKES|
|PIVOT WORKS||PWRWS-HD06-000||NON-ABS||NON-ABS||STEEL||STEEL||$21.56 set||4 BEARINGS FOR NON-ABS BIKES|
|WORLDWIDE BEARINGS||CB-6205||NON-ABS||STEEL||SILICON NITRIDE||$85.95 ea.||CERAMIC BEARING from BROCKSPERFORMANCE.COM|
|WORLDWIDE BEARINGS||CB-9252||ABS ENC.||STEEL||SILICON NITRIDE||$125.00 ea.||CERAMIC BEARING from BROCKSPERFORMANCE.COM|