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Old 04-05-2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Can I get away with not replacing rear wheel bearing?

I want to install some extended wheel studs and the sti backing plates to install Brembos on my 2002 WRX.

I've seen pictures and tutorials of people who use hub pullers and not replace the bearing:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1567707

http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t158...legit-way.html

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Pulling the hub will not damage the bearing if you do it right. I have done several and reused the bearings...
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1338500http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1338500

If my bearing is fine, can I assume I can safely reuse my rear bearing?

What is "The correct way"?

Thanks,

-Nick
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:56 PM   #2
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I tried the soft extract approach and most of the roller bearings ended up on the floor. Good thinking I had a new one right there.

I suggest spend the $70 and another $18 for the seals and call it preventative maintenance.
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:54 AM   #3
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Why anyone would do all that work and not replace the bearings is well beyond me.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:36 AM   #4
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Why anyone would do all that work and not replace the bearings is well beyond me.
EXACTLY my thought.. My other thought was "fools venture"

It's a 2002, it needs bearings anyway!
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:24 PM   #5
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True.

And as far as I know, they've never been replaced...

Went ahead and bought the Koyos from Napa. Ended up being about $140, so not terrible, but not cheap (especially compared to STI bearings and hubs).

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:16 AM   #6
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Good man, your car thanks you
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