Adjusting small sports front wheel Bearings

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Post by scimmy ben » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:49 am

split from thread about front bearing play at MOT.

Isn't there an "adjustment" technique using wet and dry on these if they are in good condition but a loose fit when installed?



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Post by peter freeman » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:42 am

The inners of the bearing can be removed and a bit of the inner metal where he two halves come together can be ground off and then the bearings can be fitted as "normal" bearings - done it.



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Post by Alan SS1 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:49 pm

1800oldb wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:24 pm
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So, some time before the next MOT I've got to get the bearing(s) replaced.
Thanks for all the help and assistance.
Note that both myself & Peter (and maybe others) have 'modified' the inner face of the bearings, in my case changing out the used bearing for a BRAND NEW Reliant boxed unit did NOT improve the amount of play, hence the mods, link on here


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Post by 1800oldb » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:22 pm

1800oldb wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:24 pm
Note that both myself & Peter (and maybe others) have 'modified' the inner face of the bearings, in my case changing out the used bearing for a BRAND NEW Reliant boxed unit did NOT improve the amount of play, hence the mods, link on here
Is the modification: grind the inner faces using ? and ? - I'll look for it on the forum.
A couple of years ago, my car was checked at QRG. The bearings were OK (within Reliant parameters), although my MOT garage wasn't too happy.
The wear hasn't got worse (2x MOT).
Is there any information, from Reliant, regarding play in bearings?
Once again, thanks to everybody.



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Post by peter freeman » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:40 pm

Something I did for slice some time ago.

The SS1 bearings are not adjustable – or are they. I remember reading on the club site that someone had “bashed” the bearings apart ( might have been Alan SS1 ) and ground off part of the bearing then fitted it back together and set it up like a “normal” bearing. I fitted a new front bearing and found that it still had play not enough to make it a MOT failure but enough so that my MOT man commented on it. I did not like the bashed bit but came up with another way to get the bearing apart with little effort. See (fig1) the 4mm washer I cut in half then ground the edge off so it would fit between the two halves of the SS1 bearing. Put in the middle of the bearing with a G clamp I separated the bearing (fig2) - if it does not come completely apart then a right angled screwdriver or a allen key can be used to pop the inners completely out. Now grind a bit off the inner face (fig3) is the grinding wheel I used. Next clean everything completely – leaving the ground off metal in the bearing will destroy it quickly. Pack with new grease and fit back together – a vice is the easiest way to put it back together. Fit and adjust for play as you would with a “normal” bearing. I have now done two bearings and will do another when the weather improves – and closer to the MOT. You only need to grind off a very small amount to make the bearing adjustable – 1 or at the most 2 mm is enough and it can be removed from both sides of the bearing if necessary.
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Post by scimjim » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:25 pm

Maybe add some masking tape to keep the worst of the swarf off?


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Post by Alan SS1 » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:02 pm

for info, I used fine wet&dry on a sheet of glass , to take some material off, used lots of oil and just took a smidgen off!!!

use a figure of eight pattern to avoid high/low spots and as it is slow then no need to mask anything up :wink:


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