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Wheel Bearing Removal for Rim Powdercoating?

I was wondering if anyone had any info on the bearings in the wheels on the Thunderbird.

My local motorcycle dealership (not Triumph - they are too far away for this plan to work) says they can:

* Remove my wheels
* Take off the wheel weights (which are apparently on with sticky tape !?!?!?!)
* Remove the tires and rotors
* Store the bike in that condition for a couple of days while the rims are powdercoated
* Put it all together again and rebalance the wheels
All for $150

For another $150 I can get my rims black powdercoated, which I think would look uber-cool.

The powdercoating place asked me if there are bearings inside the wheels and mentioned that it would be best to remove them.

My questions are this:

1) Are the bearings easy to remove from the wheels?
2) Is there anything else I should be aware of if I proceed with this?
3) Any new seals or gaskets I'd need to pick up first?

I know that Triumph has some special alignment tool they use to align the rear wheel properly ... but the local shop says they use some laser gauge thing to make sure it's done right. That sounded ok to me.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

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The bearings MUST be removed.... the powder coating is heated to about 400 Degrees F. This would melt the grease in the bearing and make a mess of the powder coating it contaminated it. I seen the results of "shortcuts"... it's not pretty!!! You will need new seals for the bearings. If you are PATIENT you can remove them your self, with a Brass drift and plastic mallet. If you have never changed out bearing before, I would enlist the help of someone who has the experience...

Once the rim is powder coated it must be balanced again also!

The tire and stem must also be removed.

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hagatha,

You are always a good source of info!

Ok, so the seals ... do you know where I could get them? Are there seals on front and back wheels? Both sides of the wheel? So I'd need four of them?

Sorry, I'm totally a novice at this.

I'm guessing I have to buy them at the Triumph dealer. Unless you know of somewhere else...

Again, much appreciated brother,

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I would order them from the dealer... ask if there are aftermarket available. I'll bet that if you HAVE to order Triumph they are on back order, Most parts that are seldom needed are. There is seal on each side both front and back...

Any good bike shop should be able to order seals.

Do you have the Tbird shop manual? HINT: best add on I could ever get for my bike!

You will need to clean and repack the bearings too. Ever done any work like that? If you haven't then I'd find someone who has...

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Don't forget to remove the valve stems as well. Oops I see that was covered. Btw, if you are anywhere near needing new tires this would be a good time to replace them.

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