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Offline Grayrider

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3/4" axle and 1.0" wheel
« on: Monday, September 20, 2010. 07:36:51 AM. »
I got my hands an a set of later cast wheels I am thinking of putting on my 97' Heritage. I have chrome spoked now. Spokes are not very shiny and can't bring them up!
My axles are 3/4". The cast wheels are 1.0". I am thinking of getting new axle bearings with the correct O.D. and 3/4" I.D. for my axles.
Will this work OK? Anything that might cause a problem? I can fab any spacers that I will need if they are different.
Want to paint the spokes in bike color and polish the rim.
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Re: 3/4" axle and 1.0" wheel
« Reply #1 on: Monday, September 20, 2010. 08:06:41 AM. »
I did the same thing on my bike. Swapped out the 1" bearing and spacer tube for 3/4". Pretty easy. Your local dealer will have the bearings but he'll be about double what they go for on line.

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Re: 3/4" axle and 1.0" wheel
« Reply #2 on: Monday, September 20, 2010. 10:44:57 AM. »
Be aware that a few businesses are making/selling Reducer/Adapters which allow the use of a 3/4" axle with wheels that have 1" or 25mm I.D. bearings. 
Examples below, cost is low and you'd need to make new spacers to locate the wheel.

I've not used them but they would save a bunch of work if in the future a set of wheels fell into my lap.



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Re: 3/4" axle and 1.0" wheel
« Reply #3 on: Monday, September 20, 2010. 11:18:54 AM. »
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Re: 3/4" axle and 1.0" wheel
« Reply #4 on: Monday, September 20, 2010. 04:00:25 PM. »
Nice, Thanks for that bit of info  :up:
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Re: 3/4" axle and 1.0" wheel
« Reply #5 on: Monday, September 20, 2010. 04:54:52 PM. »
I will check pricing on the bearings at a local bearing wholesaler. I could fab the bushings if the bearings are out in space pricing!
Thanks for the replies.
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Re: 3/4" axle and 1.0" wheel
« Reply #6 on: Monday, September 20, 2010. 07:36:05 PM. »
It's not so much the cost of the bearings as the cost to remove the 1" bearings, refit 3/4" bearings and get the internal bearing spacer the correct length and the appropriate tools.

A set of those Reducer/Adapters at $20+ will sure make it cheaper to put a newer wheel on a older bike and then if you could fab the bushings anyway they could be incorporated into the left & right axle spacers for your own bike. 


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Re: 3/4" axle and 1.0" wheel
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday, September 21, 2010. 05:38:27 AM. »
I have a '99 softail that originally had the 3/4" serviceable bearings.  I replaced them with double-row sealed bearings.  Check out V-Twin p/n 44-2995.  The kit includes two bearings, the center spacer, as well as additional axle spacers.  Worked out great and I don't have to worry about packing bearings, using shims, etc.
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Re: 3/4" axle and 1.0" wheel
« Reply #8 on: Monday, October 04, 2010. 04:06:03 PM. »
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