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 Post subject: Pivot Works: Warning
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 5:17 pm 
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Recently I needed to install new rear wheel bearings and knew I had a set of PW bearings but couldn't find them. I ordered a new set. After installing them I put less than 200 miles on them and after this weekend noticed a chalky silver residue on the drive side of the wheel. The bearings were seized and grinding themselves into powder.

In the mean time I found the other set in the garage. Always happens after you buy another set right?

Wondering why the others failed so quickly, I inspected the new set before installing them yet again. What I found, I'd be embarrassed to ship out of my warehouse as a bearing manufacturer.

Almost ZERO grease inside! So I pulled all the covers off and packed them myself. Hopefully this set last all the way through the Cherokee mudder Sunday. ::duh::

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 Post subject: Re: Pivot Works: Warning
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Did you call them about it?

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 Post subject: Re: Pivot Works: Warning
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Not sure why I would. If anything it seems that I got what I paid for. Probably going back to OEM once this set fails.

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 Post subject: Re: Pivot Works: Warning
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No you did not! Anyone that buys those has a reasonable expectation that the bearings would come greased.

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 Post subject: Re: Pivot Works: Warning
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Agreed, but my point was they're much cheaper than OEM. Probably for a reason. But that was the point of the thread. Check them before you install them folks!

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 Post subject: Re: Pivot Works: Warning
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They're all like that in my experience, or not much more. I've been re-packing new bearings for a few years now with unbelievable results. Even if they have more grease in them, as some do, it's about the consistency of assembly lube. Some oem bearings only have a seal on one side, a seal from the old bearing will pop right in. We now measure bearing life in years instead of months. ::up::

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 Post subject: Re: Pivot Works: Warning
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I have always repacked them... I suppose they sell a lot more bearings without grease, most people don't check. Usually I use marine or "waterproof" grease.

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 Post subject: Re: Pivot Works: Warning
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Yeah, I use a synthetic waterproof grease also.

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 Post subject: Re: Pivot Works: Warning
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Yep, lesson learned. I won't install another set without inspecting them and adding grease first.

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