Ever since reading about Cav's bearing failure on his trip, I've been having nightmares of this happening to me as my bearings have around 90K miles on them. With the forks shipped off to Traxxion and thinking about my trip coming up I decided to do a check of the front bearings. They felt a little notchy, bumpy to me. I pulled the rear wheel and those were smooth as butter.
I ordered up some bearings, a puller kit and a driver kit. Tonight I set about changing the bearings hoping to not create another "GixxerJasen" event.
I started with the non-abs side and man that thing did NOT want to budge, but eventually I persevered and it started moving and finally came free.
Sonofabitch. Once out the bearing feels butter smooth. WTF? Oh well, after the slide hammer operation it's not going back in especially with new ones sitting right there.
Started on the ABS side. Man, I'm glad I started on the other side because this side was twice as stubborn to get out, but out it came. Tapping the new ones in the ABS side was still the more difficult and I did it first. I was surprised at how easy the other side went in.
Slid the axle through and set it on a set of jackstands for a test spin and it spun long and smooth.
Oh well, probably didn't need doing after all but now I've done that task and know what's involved and my fronts are good for another 90K miles hopefully.
And I didn't "GixxerJasen" it up.