General

1972 and earlier front and rear wheels have permanently lubricated and sealed, retainer type ball bearings. FL front and rear wheels are identical and interchangeable when detached from brake drums or brake disc flange. Bearings require no interval attention.

1973 and later front and rear wheels have tapered roller bearings which should be repacked every 10,000 miles or yearly if operated in winter weather. Use Harley-Davidson Grease-All grease and new seals. FL front and rear wheels are identical and interchangeable when detached from brake discs and sprocket. Excessive looseness or roughness in the bearings when wheel is turned indicates worn bearings, and they must be replaced.

DISASSEMBLING AND ASSEMBLING 16 INCH WHEEL HUB - 1972 AND EARLIER (Figure 2-13)

Remove 5 wheel mounting socket screws (1) and remove brake drum (2) or brake disc flange (2A) from wheel hub(9). Remove bearing spacer (3) from wheel hub. Press bearing parts (8) or (8, 8A and 8B) out of brake drum with suitable plug from wheel hub side. On late 1970 and later models, remove retainer screws (10) and retainer (11). Wheel hub ball bearing locknut (4) has a left hand thread. Using tool. Part No. 94630-67 engage slot and turn to right to remove nut from hub. Remove seal (5), and spacer (6) from wheel hub. Press bearing (7) out of wheel hub with suitable plug from brake drum side.

Turn bearings by hand to check for roughness and check also for excessive looseness of the inner and outer race. Inspect seal lip for wear or damaged rubber. Replace defective parts.

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