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I pulled the rear wheel of the 954 to do a really good cleaning of my chain and found a ton of water in the rear hub.The two bearings in the hub turn smoothly but the one in the drive plate hasa rough spot in it. I'm getting the dealer to replace the rough bearing. Should I get them to replace the other bearings because they where swimming in water? How can I keep this from happening again. Please don't tell me to stop riding in the rain, its more fun that riding dry. Thanks for input!
 

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As long as the bearings are smooth and have enough grease thay will be fine. If you ride alot in the rain just check that they are greased every so often.

Steve
 

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954teo : Please don't tell me to stop riding in the rain, its more fun that riding dry.
I'm worried about you man.
But seriously, you'll be fine as long as you inspect your bearings more often than usual (and dump the water out of your wheel&#33.
 

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I will back Steve on the above. Now I am going to have to yank the r/wheel of mine to see if I to have water inside or signs of bad brg(s).
 

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I've ridden in rain so bad you had to slow to 25 mph because you couldn't even see. But I didn't get any water in my hubs. Did you submerge the bike in a swimming pool?
 

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I think I picked up the water right after the hurricane. I was out and about the next day and we had 3 inches of rain in a couple hours, standing water up to 4 inches deep was everywhere. Not fun to ride in but I had places to go. Hell the other morning I had to scrape freezing fog from my faceshield. Fall riding is hell on my delicate skin!
 

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Possibly I will not yank the hub apart for we have had very little rain since Jan bar the last few weeks. Like up untill sometime in late September there had been no rain in my area since Jan. Lots of wild out of control forest fires, burned down saw mills, burned down farms, burned down small town to even parts of cities with burned down homes------admittely this is a recored in history for us. Thankfully I never put any water on my lawn, shrubs or trees since mid-July!!!!!!
 

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Wow, now I understand how the water go in there!

Remind me of the time...

There was a flood in my underground parking garage in California. My bike was up to the tops of the wheels in water. The carbs were above, so I fired it up, and rode it up the ramp and out. The exhaust was about a foot under water. It sounded like a cabin cruiser. The bike was fine afterwards.

I also remember driving other people's cars out of there. I would open the door of a car, and it was up to the bottom of the steering wheel. Then after I drove the first car up the ramp, I put on the brakes, and all the water that was still in the car came forward in a hugh wave right over the dash board! It was very funny and just amazing. For the other cars, I was much more careful with the brakes.
 

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Just as an FYI, the 'seals' on the outside of a bearing housing are truly only a dust seal. They will not prevent water collection. You can pop off the seals using an exacto or other sharp pointed object. Once in, you can repack the bearing housing as long as the bearing surfaces are still good. However, your skill in removal will determine the life of the sealing surface and hardware. Still not sure on large amounts of water collection within the assy without submersion. Small amounts could be generated over time due to condensation from the heating and cooling.
 
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