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post #1 of 8 Old 08-26-2017, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Clunking noise - wheel bearings

Had a clunking noise everytime i went over a bump - the noise came when the forks extended after the bump.

I booked it in to get the fork oil changed to Ohlins which has been done - very slight improvement BUT....

The front wheel bearings are absolutely gone - completely f****d

No idea why they have gone so quick - really rusty and some ball bearings missing - not driven through deep floods or anything

But now 2 new bearings - new oil in the forks - all good

Total price, 2340 baht (70 USD)

Oil - 1300 baht
Bearings - 580 baht
Labour - 460 baht
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You are extremely lucky that they didn't give up during a ride. I had a Honda CBR 600F3 and had issues with the front brake rubbing. I pulled the rotor and had it machined. Replaced the pads on the front as well. I was pulling out of the garage slowly and the front wheel bearings fell out of one of the sides. I about fell because the front wheel locked up and went sideways. I never rode through puddles, but I did store my bike outside under a carport. It is one of those things that sometimes gets forgotten. Glad you are ok!
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How many miles on your bike?
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14 months and 24,000 km
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Do you use high pressure water jet ( i donīt know the correct English term ) when washing?
I have seen bearings look like this on a lot of MX and Quad cross machines. The high pressure can wash out the lubrication even from sealed bearings.
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Thumbs up 50 k +, no problems (good maintenance)

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Had a clunking noise everytime i went over a bump - the noise came when the forks extended after the bump.

I booked it in to get the fork oil changed to Ohlins which has been done - very slight improvement BUT....

The front wheel bearings are absolutely gone - completely f****d

No idea why they have gone so quick - really rusty and some ball bearings missing - not driven through deep floods or anything

But now 2 new bearings - new oil in the forks - all good

Total price, 2340 baht (70 USD)

Oil - 1300 baht
Bearings - 580 baht
Labour - 460 baht
Very strange indeed, at times mass production parts do have some lemons in between.
Glad you didn't wreck!

That's why I always clean and re-grease everything (specially in the winter/always commute in the rain).

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Exclamation something else is missing here...........hummmmmmmmmmm

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Had a clunking noise everytime i went over a bump - the noise came when the forks extended after the bump.

I booked it in to get the fork oil changed to Ohlins which has been done - very slight improvement BUT....

The front wheel bearings are absolutely gone - completely f****d

No idea why they have gone so quick - really rusty and some ball bearings missing - not driven through deep floods or anything

But now 2 new bearings - new oil in the forks - all good

Total price, 2340 baht (70 USD)

Oil - 1300 baht
Bearings - 580 baht
Labour - 460 baht

Sorry dude, i don't believe that Suzuki would place bad bearings at the assembly line.........no way!

There is something else missing with your post.................and by the look of your photos? if these are the original bearings ................well, ..........................Suzuki is not at fault! (the bottom photo is a dead give away for my feelings about it).........something else happen here!

Have been riding in the rain my entire life! and many times water above the bearings.
Never ever have any of my bikes bearings looked like that!

my first response was being polite giving the benefit of the doubt, but after some after thoughts?

felt compelled in defending Suzuki!

You think these great engineers would put crap bearings on their bikes? i think not!


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Sorry dude, i don't believe that Suzuki would place bad bearings at the assembly line.........no way!

There is something else missing with your post.................and by the look of your photos? if these are the original bearings ................well, ..........................Suzuki is not at fault! (the bottom photo is a dead give away for my feelings about it).........something else happen here!

Have been riding in the rain my entire life! and many times water above the bearings.
Never ever have any of my bikes bearings looked like that!

my first response was being polite giving the benefit of the doubt, but after some after thoughts?

felt compelled in defending Suzuki!

You think these great engineers would put crap bearings on their bikes? i think not!

What exactly are you saying?

These are the original bearings, the bike is a year old, never been in a flood more than a couple of inches deep, never wheelied more than a couple of inches high. So defending Suzuki is nonsensical

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