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Wheel bearings
« on: 30.11. 2015 08:30 »
 I have ordered some new front wheel bearings for my1956 A7 Ariel hubs they are sealed bearings what are your thoughts on these type of bearings for wheels will they last seeing as there will be no need to pack with grease. When I removed the old ones there was a large amount of grease packed in the center of the hub  with sealed bearings there will be no need for this .

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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #1 on: 01.12. 2015 07:04 »
It's the route I have taken but only 1000 miles ago. The mileage the bike will see with me is unlikely to represent a thorough reliability test but absence of large amounts of grease was certainly preferable on assembly.
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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #2 on: 01.12. 2015 07:38 »
I'm presuming that's rubber seals rather than metal shields? But in which case they surely should be OK as is - they're what gets put in 'moderns' after all.
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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #3 on: 01.12. 2015 10:30 »
Thanks for the info will now cease to worry about them.

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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #4 on: 01.12. 2015 10:42 »
I've got ariel hubs and sealed bearings....4500 miles so far and counting....they are a better design as stated above I reckon  as well *smile*
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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #5 on: 01.12. 2015 11:34 »
Yep, sealed bearings in mine for 24 years. Haven't had to look at them yet.
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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #6 on: 01.12. 2015 12:13 »

 I thought I posted before- but on the phone, must've stuffed up *bash*

 I used to rip one seal out and pack 'em full, but have since been told the factory grease is good for the life of the bearing (whatever that means)....and packing more in is actually detrimental *dunno2*.

  I use them as-is in the wheels/drive train/whatever of my Gutzzi, and no dramas, and for the sake of a not many$$$/£££, in wheels it's easy enough to check for play if any *dunno*,
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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #7 on: 01.12. 2015 16:06 »
Everything uses sealed bearings now.  Not only do they keep the grease in, they keep the contaminants out.  Just as important.