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Hey All, I just changed out my wheels bearings on a whim of an idea to do so, and found that they were in really bad shape. My Burgie has 23,000 miles on it and I was noticing a little front wheel shimmy as it decelerated. I read about the poor bearings (only sealed on one side) Suzuki used OEM. I used All-Balls Racing bearings to replace them. When I got the old ones out, the bearing grease was gritty and black. They grinned as I manually rotated them. I was shocked.

My gas mileage has gone up 3-5mpg and the ride is so much better, esp turning.
If you have an 07 and haven't changed them out yet, I highly recommend doing asap. I am pretty sure the bearings were bad way back in the early mileage.

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Need a bit more info - where to find them . . .

I can add this to my list of stuff to do.

However, I went to what I think is their website but they don't list a Burgman at all. What is the part numbers and the correct website of where you got them.

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Brand ALL BALLS RACING
Item Weight 1.2 pounds
Manufacturer Part Number W22-51188-431
 

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Thats one more thing I have had to do to me 400 that I forgot i did. Its been a year or 2 since I changed them, but believe I just went to a local bearing shop with the dimensions i needed and they hooked me up.

Can't remember why I changed them though. Think it was the shimmy that macburg described. Although changing them didn't fix it until I changed my 'scalloped' front tire. Might of been a combination of the 2 that caused it. But can say that i haven't had any scalloping/cupping issues on my front tire since i changed those bearings. Been getting fairly even wear.
 

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Since I didn't have all the 'proper' tools, I improvised, i found a socket that was the right size to contact the outside ring of the bearing, attached extension, and beat it out. Same process to put it in. The key is to not hit it on the inside ring, of the race of bearings themselves.
 

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Like so many things on these bikes, having to change out the wheel bearings is a maybe.

I'm still running the original wheel bearings in my 07 650. It now has 98,341 miles on it. Robin's 07 650 has somewhere north of 95,000 miles on it and still has the original wheel bearings in it too. Why some have problems and others don't I have no idea.

My recommendation is keep a check on them and if you start feeling any roughness or looseness in them change them out. If not don't worry about it.
 

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Perhaps I'm just a little naive but I consider a bearing that doesn't last 100,000 miles a POS. If Suzuki sourced a bearing from the lowest bidder I sure would like to know where else they skimped on my safety. This is the kind of thing that really pisses me off. I had planned on keeping this unit for at least ten years and probably still will so I might as well replace these bearings sooner than later. Where did you say you got yours from? Thanks. Tom
 

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Got an email back this moring from All Balls - they do not make the front wheel bearing for the 2009 model, so I would suspect that they also don't make it for the 2010 and up either.

No comment from them (I asked them in my inquiry) as to what the difference is.


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I understand about the difficulty getting it out. Here is a thread that says how to do it without a puller. look to the bottom of the page, last entry. Rweis did a rgreat job explaining it and it saved me some $. The spacer in the middle will shift over some at the end, about a 1/16th of an inch, leaving a little lip to put a flat end punch on. It took some aiming and trying a few times, but it came off as I rotated where I hit the old bearing. It's a poor man's method, but it worked just the same. It saved me time as well as $.
 

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I did some parts fiche checking and here's what I found out:

2005 - 15 x 35 x 11

2007 - 15 x 35 x 11

2009 - 15 x 35 x 11

So, I wonder why All Balls said they didn't have a part for the 09? If I remember correctly, it should be a 6202.

If they're the same bearings, I wonder if it the ones I have in a sealed package I bought for the 05 back in 07/08 are still good? Just curious.
 

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Perhaps I'm just a little naive but I consider a bearing that doesn't last 100,000 miles a POS. If Suzuki sourced a bearing from the lowest bidder I sure would like to know where else they skimped on my safety. This is the kind of thing that really pisses me off. I had planned on keeping this unit for at least ten years and probably still will so I might as well replace these bearings sooner than later. Where did you say you got yours from? Thanks. Tom
Perhaps sometime in the scooters past someone cleaned the scooter using a high pressure car wash or even just a pressure washer and forced water in the bearings. I had to replace my bearings and they were rusted so I think the previous owner made that mistake.( pressure washer) So they could be good bearings just not properly taken care of. The best bearings still can't handel water.
 

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Here is the link to All Balls Bearings to contact them. I heard they are quite professional and helpful. I'd be interested if that is the case if someone contacts them to find out about the '09 bearings.
 

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Here is the link to All Balls Bearings to contact them. I heard they are quite professional and helpful. I'd be interested if that is the case if someone contacts them to find out about the '09 bearings.
I did and all they said is that they don't stock them. They didn't bother to answer my other questions. I'll see what my latest question brings. I went to their size PDF and yes, it still shows the 6202-2RS bearings so I asked them what the cost is for a couple of those bearings and seals.


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macburg, your link is not working.
 
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