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[quote="DavidRutherford"]Thankfully, I doubt she will prang it, as she's no longer a teenager bent on driving as fast as humanly possible,

Neither was I :( I was 32 when I passed my test

and can drive a forklift-truck extremely well.

And so could I :( but I'd never driven a forklift on black ice before

But that's enough negativity. Thanks for posting up those photos, very informative and will be a guide when I come around to doing mine. Where did you get the new bearings?
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Oscar wrote:And so could I :( but I'd never driven a forklift on black ice before
I think that's more of a case of bad luck than inexperience causing bad driving....

GSF do a bearing repair kit. It has both bearings, both oil seals, both end-caps, the plastic tube, the steel through-tube and the center bolt. It's £21 plus Vicious Added Tacks. It actually comes as an SKF branded unit, so I guess it's a common unit that SKF sell as an industrial bearing kit too.
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Not sure that the kit's still £21 at GSF - but it must be said that if you buy it from a motor factor or bearings supplier they will attempt to charge you considerably more - as much as £10-£15 more!
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M&C Lockwood, £21 + vat.
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I stand corrected, Ken. But I'm sure it's the exception rather than the rule....
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DLM wrote:Not sure that the kit's still £21 at GSF
It was last week! :)
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The best I have found recently was a non genuine set for I think it was close to $160 - $230 a side, which explains why most out here take the cheap option. I've heard of people out here being quoted $900 - $1100 for a specialist to do both sides.
I found that I can buy just the bearings for around $30 each and the plastic sleeves for around $8.
With us not having the moisture and salt problems we can usually get away with just that particularly if the grease nipples are installed as this forces any contamination out.
Another thing we found with these too was that there is a drain/breather hole on the underside of the arm down near the wheel which is probably a good idea until the seal leaks or it get clogged and causes the seal to lift after which it then creates a thoroughfare for water and contamination. I would imagine that this then becomes self destructive if there's any warmth generated by the bearings when they begin to suffer from degradation of the lubricant and then start to suck water or snow down into them as they cool when parked.
If the nipples aren't used, I reckon it would be a wise move to be sure they're clear.


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I had both my rear arm bearings done on Friday at Chevronics @ £100 per side plus VAT. One of them was just starting to go, the other had collapsed... but neither side looked half as bad as the one in your picture David!!!

Workshop pics to follow :)

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