Then half the time. The shops around here charge a half hour minimum, therefore you'll get charged between $50 to $65 to do it. I've got one local dealer that will charge one hour minimum for just about anything. Needless to say I don't use them, even though they're the closest.Wheel is off the bike
What he said, Auto zone or most auto stores loan the blind bearing puller for free.Then half the time. The shops around here charge a half hour minimum, therefore you'll get charged between $50 to $65 to do it. I've got one local dealer that will charge one hour minimum for just about anything. Needless to say I don't use them, even though they're the closest.
It's not a hard job to pull the bearings and replace. Bearings go in easy if you place in freezer for an hour or so ahead of installation.
Yes, you need all four. Each side has two bearings on it. I recently removed a set of non-Honda bearings that only had about 15K miles on them, and they were binding. I don't know if they were installed improperly or if the bearings were just cheap, but they didn't last very long. I keep a set of OEM Honda wheel bearings and seals in stock and this is what I use because they seem to be very good quality. Many bearings are now being outsourced to places like Pakastan, India, and China, and the quality of those is questionable. I prefer to use a bearing made either in the USA or Japan. You won't go wrong with the OEM Honda bearing, and don't worry about it not being double sealed, because the open ends of the two bearings are joined together.Do you need 4 bearings for the front wheel? I understand the 2 seals, one for each side but is there an inside and outside bearing on each side?
That's hard to predict. Alot of it depends on the environment they operate in, how often they get exposed to moisture, and the integrity of the seals in the wheel that keep dirt and water out of them. If you follow the Honda manual, every time you remove the wheel you are supposed to put a little silicone based grease on the wheel seals where the collars contact them. This helps keep moisture from getting in them and lubricates the rubber seal where it contacts the collar. I suspect that if you do this, it will extend the life of your wheel bearings.What is the life expectancy of the front bearings?
The labor rate where I live is $110/hour. So I would think $85 is about right, however I don't know what the labor rate is at your shop.I have 70K on the bike so I thought I better change them out. Went with the OEM bearings. I usually do my own work (thanks to Fred H.). Things have been crazy at work and I didn't have a bearing puller so I called the local honda shop. The guy at the counter said it would be quick and easy. That's $85 labor worth of quick and easy. I still went that way, have just too much stuff going on at the moment. $85 just seemed high to me. I was thinking it would be in the $40 range.