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Time to change XL never lube bearings?


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When I owned my 2007 38RL3 Mobile Suite I ran into a problem early on with a bearing going bad from what appeared to be improper torqueing at the factory. Get yourself a good torque wrench and try to get the correct torque specs. You should take a good look at the brakes, rotors and brake calipers when you do it. If the brakes need attention that would be the time to do it. When my bearing went bad I had to also change the rotor since it tore up a lot.

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Make sure that the new bearing is pressed in by applying pressure to the outer race only. I had my son make an arbor that was concave except for the contact area of the outer race to ensure no pressure was applied to the inner race. Freezing the bearing in dry ice will make the installation easier, like Cooter said. Some never-lubes require quite a bit of pressure to press out and in. If you can source the French or US bearings, I prefer them over the Chinese ones. Charlie.

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Tyrates,

 

If you are doing it yourself, pressing out the bearing will take a different size arbor than pressing in the bearing. The back side of the hub has a lip to center the bearing. When pressing in be sure you are mainly on the outter casing or you risk destroying the bearing. I took mine to a skilled machine shop. I also put the bearings into the freezer overnight and the tech heated the hubs some to help. If I remember correctly the torque on the spindle nut is 145-150 ft/lbs. and as mentioned above have some good snap ring pliers because there is a large snap ring and a small one on the spindle. Here is a review of everything. Posting at same time as Charlie. I took mine to his hometown cause he knew what to do and where to get it done.

http://www.dexteraxle.com/i/u/6149609/f/600-8K_Service_Manual/Hubs_Drums_and_Bearings.pdf

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Personally I would just look up a Dexter axle service center and have them change the never lubes (I made the assumption you have Dexter axles). If you have any doubts get it done soon and don't wait. I lost a never lube last year and the entire wheel went out the back of the 5er. As a full timer I do not have the tools and after watching them change the old ones I would not attempt. They had a BIG press to get them in and out and had to use a torch to cut one of the snap rings because another bearing was getting ready to go and they could not get the snap ring out. And it is a big snap ring. Not that expensive to have done if you already have the bearings.

 

I also have an opinion on carrying an additional hub with the bearing already pressed in. I would never try to change one on the side of the road. Besides that if you did not catch it soon enough and it failed like mine did you will need a new axle because the spindle is probably damaged also.

 

Brad

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Agree with Brad. I carry two extra hubs with the bearings already pressed in and extra, small snap rings and spindle nuts. I carry the tools to change out on the side of the road if necessary and if the spindle was not damaged. I actually went to Fastenal and have a die to fix the threads on the spindle if they are burred. Overkill, probably, but you will be sitting for a long time trying to find a shop that knows how to press in these bearings if they aren't familiar with them. Now as a disclaimer, if I ever change out my drum brakes and hubs, I'm going to revert to just standard bearings and I'll repack yearly. BTW if you source the non-Chinese NevRLubes please post it. I bought direct from Dexter and they were from China.

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So I contacted Lippert. I am being told that my axles sound like they are the sbs, sealed bearing system which are now obsolete. My only option is to switch axles. I am going to try and contact Kodiak who is the disc brake and hub to see if they still have parts. I really don't want to change the whole axle out.

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I would take a set of old bearings or hub with bearings to a bearing supply house. I can't believe there's anything special about them. I'll wager a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper that there at least six different bearings that meet spec.

My thoughts exactly. I did get a response from Kodiak today saying they stock all the parts.

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I agree check with NAPA first. I have Kodiak disks but not never lubes. I have had no issues in getting bearings and seals from NAPA for my I/S setup. Now NAPA was unable to find the wheel studs that are used on my Kodiak disks. I had to go to eTrailer to find the correct studs.

 

With as many never lube bearings being used on so many different types of trailers I would be very surprised if NAPA is unable to source the bearings.

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When I went to change my bearings on my 2008 DRV Lippert said that they did not have the bearings either. I ordered my bearings from 123Roulement.com. I got Timken bearings #JXC25469CA cost $60.00 each with a new c clip # CIRCLIP-INT-85 for $8.10each.... These fit the best and in my research, for these bearings, are not available in the USA until next month.... I then took the drums to a machine shop where they pressed out the old bearings then machined in a new grove for the C-clip and pressed in the new bearings on their 20 ton press. The reason is that the new bearings are about 1/4inch longer than the OEM part. It cost me $250 for the machine shop. It works great and went back together without issue....

 

On a separate not I HATE anything Lippert. They do not stand behind their products, and make crappy products as well.... We are in the process of buying a new DRV and all summer long we heard one horror story after another about issues with their frames and how they do not know how to hangs Moreride suspensions and Kodiak brakes on new DRV's. There jack systems are failing to the extent that when I get mine I will either modify it or put on another system to replace it...

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