Heim Bearing

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Well, after 3200 miles, my 'ole '99 300 needs a heim bearing (and seals).

Guys, I need your help. Where do I get this little jewel for the best price? I will gladly take any removal and installation tips you want to throw my way. TIA!
 
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Oh, you might wanna get some seals while you are at it

Part#9696 about $3.00 ea from Chicago Rawhide

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Strick,

Wow, they last pretty long when they don't see a lot of water. I've done at least 5 on 3 different bikes. E-rider makes a tool, but a puller made from a long bolt and a couple of sockets works good too. Warm the swingarm, and just make sure the new one is centered.
 

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Thanks guys, any add'l info. welcome.

Glenn - You hit the nail on the head. Not much moisture in the desert, and no power washing!
 
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Thats the trick to getting the teflon lined bearing to last. The teflon is actually very fragle and the bond is not that strong. Just a few drops of water is all it takes, just as bad as greasing it.

Changing a couple of PDS heim joints a year is still eaiser than servicing a GasGas linkage system. If you get that Honda, you will miss the ease of maintanence.
 
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Thanks Reon for all the info. I am needing to replace my second one. My shock is in for service so I was checking out my heim bearing and noticed the Teflon was coming apart.

I pull it out just Sunday so here are some tips:
Heat it a little.
You WILL ruin the seals trying to get them out. I had to use a chissel and knock the outer part of the seal inward to cave it in and pull it out.
I used a 15/16", 1/2" drive socket with a bolt and nut and a steel plate to pull out the bearing. Once it gets even with the housing I put some steel spacers behind the plate to give room for the bearing to come all the way out.

Just take your time and be carefull.

BTW. If you don't already have a guard to protect the housing from the mud flap, check it for wear. Erider has one, but I took a plastic button about 1/2" around and attached with double sided tape. It keeps the mud flap from touching and I had it sitting in my tool box. FREE.
 

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Thanks everyone for the info. very valuable. My local dealer had the entire heim bearing 'kit' in stock for $62. I did not feel that was bad, so I bought it.

Scott, the mudflap issue is a big one. Even in the desert we get some wear from the mudflap. I ground the ribs off of the shock side of the mud flap, and have no wear issues. This is a great heads up though! Thanks
 
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FYI

I ordered a new heim kit yesterday. Got it from The Cycle Shed $40, Cycle Zone had them at this price also.
 

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Scott, when you say ordered, how much was shipping? Mine is already installed, same day. I always give up some price for convenience, because I am one of those people that have to have it NOW! Thanks for the info!
 
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I know what you mean. I usually can't wait, and I like to patronize my dealer if they are competitive. I am in no hurry, my shock is being serviced and I have a training all weekend anyway. I think the shipping was ~ $7, but no tax. I saved $20.:)