Ever pack a bearing by hand? It’s a messy pain in the butt. Why I did it for so many years I don’t know. Maybe it was because I was too cheap to buy a manual packer. Now that I’m older and much lazier, I don’t want to bother with that crap any longer. Or maybe it’s because I’ve got better things to do with my time, like ride the bike!
Whatever the reason, if you build your own bike, swap out the front ends, or do your own maintenance, sooner or later you’ll need to clean, inspect, and pack or repack a bearing or two, be they on the wheels of an Evo-era machine or in the neck of any motorcycle.
To that end, I checked out K&L Supply and found just what I wanted at a fair price, this manual bearing packer (#35-9816/$34.99), which can pack 50 or more bearings without a refill, once you’ve loaded it up, of course! This packer can be used on all cage-type roller and ball bearings from as small as you can find them on a bike or car, up to a 2″ bore bearing. The best part is you don’t need a compressed air line or grease gun to do the deed. Once the bearing is inside the packer, just press down on the top cap with your body weight until you see all the crappy grease leave and fresh stuff ooze out around all the bearing’s rollers/balls. Then remove the bearing from the packer, and wipe all the old grease from the outside of the bearing.
Oh yeah, it also takes a lot less time to get the grease off your hands. AIM
–Chris Maida as published in American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine.
K&L Supply Company
1040 Richard Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95050-2816