Daniel, I'm not sure there was consenus about any of it!!!!!!
>Back in the summer there was a BIG exchange of e-mail on the subject of
>bearings for the front axle. The summer was busy for me so I kept the
>e-mails (until now) to try and get a summary later.
>Can someone confirm that the consensus reached was that:
>1. Whether you use roller bearings or ball bearings the bearing life is
>about the same.
I've been running the same set of timken roller bearings for 10 years now.
I would think the life would be about the same for quality bearings of
>2. With ball bearings the spacer adds no strength to the axle and is
>not used at all as long as the bearings have thrust marked on one of the
>faces of each bearing.
With ball bearings you better use the spacer.
>3. With tapered bearings the spacer adds no strength to the axle and is
>better not used at all.
I really don't know how you could use the spacer at all with the tapered
rolller bearings. Unless you cut them down so they wouldn't interfere with
setting the preload on the bearings. Which means they would have to be
loose on the axle and not restricting the bearings at all.
>4. Remove the grease the bearings are packed with and re-pack with high
Should say on the package if the grease they come with is for shipping and
storage only. When in doubt re-pack.
>5. Torque retaining nut without spacer to 20 lbs.
With the tapered roller bearings torque to 10 ft/lb and then back off 1/4 to
1/2 a turn to line up the slot and cotter pin.
>6. If using the spacer torque retaining nut to workshop setting (which is
with ball bearings and spacer you torque the nut until you can put in the