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Old February 8th, 2017, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Larger bearing spacers for Bont Highroller?

Hi all,
I picked up a set of G4Mints 85a and yes the bearing seats are TIGHT! It seems that the regular spacers in my collection are just not fitting correctly, binding, not smooth. I kind of thought bearing spacers were standardized for 608. Does one typically need a different, more specific size for bont hubs?

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Old February 8th, 2017, 11:12 PM   #2
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I had some highrollers with manufacturing induced flaws on the bearing seat of one side which caused bearings to bind when using standard spacers. I knocked down the flaws which then allowed the bearing on the offending side to seat fully. Bearing binding problem went away. I'll see if I can dig up the photos I took.
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Old February 9th, 2017, 01:49 AM   #3
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Old February 9th, 2017, 01:55 AM   #4
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I cannot speak with any authority whatsoever about what YOUR problem might be... but this is what I had.
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Old February 9th, 2017, 11:38 AM   #5
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I don't think think that's my issue but still greatly appreciate all the trouble you went to. Big thanks!
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Old February 9th, 2017, 08:03 PM   #6
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so... what do you think your issue might be?

I've found that those hubs did need a bit of force to get bearings to seat well when new. After bearings have been in a while the hubs relax a bit.

One trick that folks here use when putting in bearings... when wheels are put on frame you grip the wheel firmly and flex it back and forth against the axle. Often there will be a pop or a snap as a bearing settles in and seats the last bit.
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Old February 10th, 2017, 05:21 PM   #7
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I think now my issue was that I underestimated just HOW TIGHT the the seats are! I got them in OK now. Thanks, I have used that little trick myself in the past.
Thanks for all your help
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Old February 11th, 2017, 01:42 AM   #8
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As long as they don't break, tighter is better I suppose. Lots of problems with some certain wheels in the past having seats too lose to work properly
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