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Old 04-04-2018, 04:50 PM
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Chopper rear tire binds

I bought a 2006 custom chopper. The guy who built it did not know what he was doing as I have had to fix several problems that should have never needed fixing if it was built right, I have now run into a problem with the rear tire. It was not shimmed right so the tire assembly was way off center. I ordered new shims to get the tire centered. When I started to take it apart I noticed the caliper bracket was loose and one of the shims had spun damaging just the shim. No big deal because I'm replacing the shims anyways. So I get it centered and when I tightened up the axle bolts the tire started to bind because the bearing preload was too much. I took the hub apart and I did not notice anything that was obvious. It has two taper bearings on the outside and then two needle bearing inside of them. Each needle bearing has a race that doubles as a shim and then one big spacer in between the two halves. It's an ultima rim and looking at the pictures it looks like a Bayonet II rim even though the receipt I got from the guy who I bought it from says it's a Lethal Weapon. The part number on the receipt is 37-262. I would appreciate any help. Thanks

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Old 04-06-2018, 11:23 AM
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If it is binding then you will probably just have to work a shim down on a flat surface with some wet sandpaper until it frees up.

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Old 04-10-2018, 02:25 PM
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Does anyone know if I can remove the bearings and install sealed roller bearings instead? The axle shaft is 1" and the hub is about 2". It would make life so much. I was think of putting 2 on each side. Does anyone know where to buy bearings? Thanks
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