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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 06-03-2012, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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foreman left rear bearing install (with pics)

so after a ride a few weeks ago i washed my foreman and was walking away and i see that my left rear axle tube is pizzing water . so i give the tire a kick and it wobbled a little so it was time to order a bearing and seal . i jacked up the right side (brake pannel side) and wiggled it and that side was fine
so i ordered the bearing from my local hillclimbing buddys shop for $14 (its a parts unlimited bearing part # 0215-0400 ) and a seal from napa (part BK#730-7365) for $5
here is how i did the install
first i remove the tire, the cotter pin and the axle nut


then i pulled the lft rear hub and inspected(mine had a slight grove from the seal but it was verry little so i let it go ....but if it was worse it would need replacing )


then it was time to remove the tube
i undid the 4 14mm nuts that holds tube on and the 10mm bolt below that holds the rear diff skid on
then came taking off the shock ...i have a lift so i just removed the one 14mm bolt and spacer that screws into the diff and used a pry bar to compress the shock a little
(SIDE NOTE IN THE MANUAL IT SAYS TO NOT REUSE THE 4 14MM NUTS .....I DID BUT I USED A LITTLE LOCKTIGHT COLOR YELLOW WHEN PUTTING IT BACK TOGETHER )


so after i get the tube off this is what i find !!!




alot of rust and some mud but no DIFF GREASE(thank god because if it was leaking i would be rebuilding the rear diff !!).....it looks like it has been leaking for awile .....

so after i spray the axle down and scrap it i used a little emmery cloth all is good ( at this point i checked the seal at the diff and wipped all the mud off i replaced the rubber o-ring on the diff and greased the o-ring )

now its time to knock out the seal and bearing i used a 1 1/4 impact socket on a 2 ft extencion and a hammer


after i cleaned all the mud and rust out of the axle tube i want to install the bearing . well i read about there being no grease in the sealed bearings from some of the members on this great forum so i take a pic and pull the seal out and ...........dry as a bone !!!!!


so i pack it full of marine wheel bearing grease and install the bearing and the seal in tube
before i installed the tube on to the diff i packed grease all around bearing and seal and all over the bearing stopper on the axle
install the 4 14mm nuts and shock bolt and tork it to 33ftlbs(dont forget the loctight)
grease the hub where the seal rides and a little grease on the o-ring inside the flange and tork the axle nut to 101ftlbs and install a new cotter pin
i hope this will help someone in the future .....rich

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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 06-03-2012, 09:42 PM
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Awesome, that's the common bearing to go bad. A couple things to note in the 4th pic is the stopper on the axle, that can slide off so make sure it is in place when going back together. It's easier dealing with the shock if you jack the machine up from under the motor area (rear side), Rich must have some good springs... lol



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Agreed, jack the machine at the rear of the engine skid plate. Much easier. Glad to see you packed the bearing and also filled the space between the seal and bearing with grease, very important to making that bearing last longer.

I would recommend dismantling both sides soon to pull out that axel and clean the splines for the differential. There is a ton of water, mud and crap in there now wearing away at those splines. If you clean and grease it now you may prevent or postpone your axel stripping out. With that much water in there, its not a matter of if, but when its going to fail.
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well guys i had the brake side off 2 months ago and there isnt any rust on the axle on the right so IMO there isnt anything wrong with just replacining the left side bearing ....if i strip a axle its no bigge for me (i have 2 axles and 2 rear diffs sitting on the shelf )

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We are just posting for the others Rich...



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Looks good rich. I see my old wheel spacers. Lol.

Toodeep, I'd say this should be a sticky!

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Good work. I bought a rear wheel bearing kit from bossbearings when we did the brake side so I've got the parts. Gonna get this done soon. 1 of my bearings was dry as a bone too.

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Just did the same job. Unfortunatley I was too late to save the hub. That was another $70 on top of seals and bearings. Good pics for someone who hasn't done it. I found my tube had a bit of sand in the bottom so I don't think it was bad for a long period. It is a point to look at frequently as I have had another machine eat the axle and the diff. That one was way too late

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thanks julios57 i just wanted people to be proactive and look before its too late and cost a ton of money to fix

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Great write up my fellow valued member and I fractional friend

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