How to Replace Suzuki GSX-R1000 Front Wheel Bearings
Worn wheel bearings will kill your Suzuki GSXR's handling, to the point that riding becomes downright dangerous if they're allowed to deteriorate too much.
Replacing your Suzuki GSX-R1000 front wheel bearings is a quick and easy job. Before you start, familiarize yourself with your GSX-R1000's front wheel using this exploded parts diagram, and make sure you have the following tools and parts ready.
Tools and Parts Needed - Suzuki GSX-R Front Wheel Bearing Replacement
- 3/8th ratchet
- 10mm, 12mm, 22mm sockets
- Punch tool
- Torque wrench
- Bearing driver set
Replacing the Front Wheel Bearings on a Suzuki GSX-R1000
Step 1. Remove the front wheel by taking off the brake calipers, then loosening the front axle pinch bolts. Next, remove the axle nut and slide the axle out. There is an axle spacer on the right side you'll need to catch as you withdraw the axle. Remove the front wheel and lay it on a work surface.
PRO TIP: To avoid damaging the brake discs and wheel hub, put something protective such as an old towel across the work surface while you work on the front wheel.
Step 2. Remove the bearing seals with a flathead screwdriver, levering the old seals out of the wheel.
Step 3. Remove the wheel bearings by raising the wheel up off the work surface and using a punch to knock the bearings out from the opposite side. Take off the bearing spacer from within the wheel.
Step 4. Clean the axle and bearing housings. Next, clean all the old grease and dirt from the housings for the wheel bearings and axle. Also clean the bearing spacer, the axle spacer and the axle that you removed earlier.
Step 5. Install the new bearings with the sealed ends facing out. Although the new bearings are pre-greased, pack them with additional high quality grease such as Yamalube Race Grease. Gently tap in the bearings to center them, then use a bearing driver to drive the bearings down fully into the wheel. Don't forget to reinstall the bearing spacer before installing the second wheel bearing.
Step 6. Install the new bearing seals by first greasing the inner surface of the seals, and driving them into the wheel using the same bearing driver you used for the wheel bearings.
NOTE: The bearing seals only need to be flush with the wheel hub; they don't need to be driven further down into the wheel.
Step 7. Reinstall the front wheel by replacing the wheel spacer on the right side of the wheel, lightly greasing the axle, and sliding the axle through the suspension tubes and front wheel. Next, reinstall the axle bolt and torque it to 72.5 foot-pounds.
Step 8. Center the front wheel. Torque the pinch bolts on the right suspension tube to 16.5 foot-pounds. Push down on the front end a few times to center the wheel on the axle. Torque the left side pinch bolts to 16.5 foot-pounds.
Step 9. Reinstall the brake calipers, and torque the caliper mounting bolts to 28 foot-pounds.
That's it, your Suzuki GSX-R1000's front wheel bearing replacement is done! However, it's worth pointing out that wheel bearings usually wear evenly front-and-rear, so if your front bearings needed replacing, chances are the rear ones do too.
Watch the video below to see how to replace the rear wheel bearings on a Suzuki GSX-R.