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Does the rear wheel spacer bear against the inner race of the wheel bearing?

The reason I ask is, Le Dude's video seems to show the large diameter spacer passing through the seal.

It must bear against something when everything is assembled and tightened down.
 

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I pulled the rear wheel on my 2003 today to change out the wheel bearings to some premium SKF units and discovered that the shop had assembled the spacers in the order that they are on later models when the put on a new tire.

Instead of going through the seal and bearing against the inner bearing race, they somehow managed to get the large diameter spacer in place and pushed up against the seal. (The hole in the seal on a 2003 model is too small for the large diameter spacer to fit through)

I've been riding it like that for a couple thousand miles.

Nothing seems to be damaged.

I replaced the dust seal with the standard seal for a 6204 bearing and the hole is the proper size for the small diameter of the 2 diameter spacer to fit through.

This leads me to believe that Suzuki uses something other than a standard seal on the later models,...a seal with a hole large enough for the large diameter spacer to fit through so it rests against the inner race of the wheel bearing.

,..lots of potential for confusion on the matter.
 

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I am surprised the seal wasn't damaged along with other items should the wheel move side to side. The seals/bearings are the same regardless of year it's just the spacer on the later ones has the smaller OD, same as your flanged one that rides in the seal.
 

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Smitty_56 said:
Does the rear wheel spacer bear against the inner race of the wheel bearing?

The reason I ask is, Le Dude's video seems to show the large diameter spacer passing through the seal.

It must bear against something when everything is assembled and tightened down.
watch the video again, and check the DIY for the rear wheel removal / install... you missed something or maybe I taped it wrong, but I doubt it.
this is what the setup looks like on a 04 std.

the spacer goes inside the dust seal and the collar against the body of the scoot.

the 03 had a different setup, the 04+ through 09 should have a setup similar in the pic below.

 

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LeDude that's not how it is on my '03. The spacer is too large to fit as he described. The flanged one rides in the seal and the spacer goes against the swing arm. The '03 spacer OD is the same as the OD of the flange on the large end.
 

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Here's a pic of the 2003 spacers.

I see what's going on now. The short, 2 diameter spacer is the same as on later models, but the long spacer on a 2003 is a larger diameter than on later models.

 

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MJR said:
I am surprised the seal wasn't damaged along with other items should the wheel move side to side. The seals/bearings are the same regardless of year it's just the spacer on the later ones has the smaller OD, same as your flanged one that rides in the seal.
Yeah,..the seal was beat up pretty good and was a bear to get out.

The grease from the right side wheel bearing had flowed out and coated the spacers and the axel nut with gunk.

The bearing was still in good shape, but it wouldn't have been for long.
 

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The way they assembled it had to have the seal pushing against the wheel bearing grease seal not to mention the added width stress on the swing arm. I would go tell them what they did and either not have them work on it or next time you need a tire pull the wheel yourself and take them just the wheel/tire to change.
 

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I won't be taking anything back to the service dept that did the tire job (for multiple reasons),..and yes,..I'll be the only person removing and installing the wheels on my bike from now on.
 

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MJR said:
LeDude that's not how it is on my '03. The spacer is too large to fit as he described. The flanged one rides in the seal and the spacer goes against the swing arm. The '03 spacer OD is the same as the OD of the flange on the large end.
As stated above, the 03s had a different setup...
This has been discussed and well documented in the past.
Nothing new here.
 

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LeDude said:
As stated above, the 03s had a different setup...
This has been discussed and well documented in the past.
Nothing new here.
I'm not sure if I missed it the first time or you edited it (other forums I'm on show when a post was last editied) while I was posting. I'm surprised you don't have a photo of one. I just didn't see the relevance of posting a photo of a later one.
 
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