I wanted to ask you all what you are using to press bearings into hubs...
I need to press a 6803 into a hub, but don't have specific drifts for this bearing size; the only one I seem to be able to find online is a ridiculously priced Wheel Manufacturing bearing drift set, which while including a range of sizes for all the common high end bicycle wheel hub bearings, is extremely expensive for what it is...
So, do any of you have any hints of techniques you use to accurately press cartridge bearings into hub shells?
Well yeah, I have sockets and have used them in the past, but I was wondering if there was anything a bit more elegant; that Wheels Manufacturing set does look nice, and I am sorely tempted to buy it, but 350USD is a bit vertical... First world problems, eh.
I suppose that shows that there is an at least one customer sized hole it the market for some cheap bearing drift, of the size that are common in bike hubs; 6902, 6802, etc.
To remove, wheels mfg also has bearing removal drifts that will fit the inner diameter to punch them out.
I think I have about a total of $60 into all the drifts/removal pieces and spare hardware to do the job on my hubs.
Using a real press and drifts ensures the bearings go in straight, have no force on the inner race which will damage the bearing, and allows you to get the bearings fully seated. With no hammers.
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I use the large bearing press kit for workshop use and I am so glad I have it. Why risk ruining a hub with sockets. If you don't have the right tools take it to a shop that does. If they don't have this kit go somewhere else or run a cup and cone hub instead.
I am going to order just the drifts and do as Zigmeister said.
The WM bearing remover is another indispensable tool kit. You can really kill a hub by trying to remove the bearings with the wrong tools.
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