make sure you press bearings in one at a time. that helps getting the bearings in straight.
when sliding the spindle through the bearings, if it goes mostly smoothly through the first bearing and then stiffens significantly when passing into the second bearing, the bearing may be slightly out of alignment. it may pay to gently remove one or both bearings and reinstall them.
I did press the bearings in one at a time. By the time the bearings were about 1/4 exposed they definitely went straight in from that point on. At that point I could feel everything coming together smoothy when tightening the press and I'm sure the bearings were straight when bottomed out against the stop clip. I did have my spindle in the freezer and it felt like both bearings had the same resistance when pushing the spindle through.
Phil P wrote:
Putting a bit of loctite on the inner race so when you slide the axle through it gets some hold is a better idea than grease. Seems most the creaking noisies (my bike included) is caused by axle to bearing movement so this is the area you want have some binding.
Are you serious??? I didn't know anyone was doing that and definitely didn't think that the creaking was coming from the axle to bearing movement...makes perfect sense though! Like I said before the tolerance between my bearing and shell is tight but the spindle to bearing is definitely greater. I only put my spindle in the freezer to make things easier but it was not necessary. I've taken my spindle out many times and never needed the use of a hammer. Maybe that is where my creaking issues have been coming from all along???
Would also like to hear from others how it was removing the spindle when using loctite?
Thanks for all the help!