How to Replace Yamaha YXZ1000R Wheel Bearings

Unusual noises from your Yamaha UTV’s wheels is a sure sign the bearings are worn and need replacing. 

Watch the video above and follow the steps below to learn how to replace the front wheel bearings on a Yamaha YXZ1000R. 

Tools and Parts Needed – Yamaha YXZ1000R Wheel Bearing Replacement

Tools 

  • Ratchet and extensions
  • 4mm, 10mm, 14mm, 17mm, 19mm, 22mm, 32mm sockets
  • Hammer
  • Flat-blade screwdriver
  • Torque wrench

Yamaha YXZ1000R wheel bearing change

Removing Yamaha YXZ1000R Steering Knuckle Assembly

Step 1. Raise the vehicle and support it on axle stands positioned under the frame, then remove the rear wheels.

NOTE: Don’t work on your side-by-side or any other vehicle using only a jack. Always make sure the vehicle is safely supported on axle stands.

Step 2. Remove the 32mm axle nut and washer.

Step 3. Remove the two 14mm brake caliper mounting bolts and slide the brake caliper assembly off the rotor. Unfasten the brake hose bracket (10mm bolt) from the lower A-arm, and use a zip-tie to hold the caliper assembly out of the way.

Yamaha YXZ1000R brake caliper bolts

Step 4. Slide the wheel hub out from the steering knuckle assembly.

Step 5. Remove the cotter pin from the 19mm castle nut holding the steering joint, followed by the castle nut and washer.

Yamaha YXZ1000R steering joint

Step 6. Remove the steering joint from the steering knuckle assembly. Use a dead-blow hammer to knock it out if necessary.

Step 7. Remove the shock absorber mounting bolt (14mm bolt, 17mm nut) and slide the shock absorber from the upper A-arm. Use a bungee cord to hold the shock absorber out of the way.

Yamaha YXZ1000R shock absorber

Step 8. Remove the cotter pin from the 22mm castle nut holding the lower ball joint, followed by the castle nut itself.

Yamaha YXZ1000R lower ball joint

Step 9. Thread a disposable 22mm nut onto the lower ball joint to protect it, then knock the ball joint free from the lower A-arm with a hammer.

NOTE: Using a disposable nut prevents the castle nut from being damaged.

Step 10. Slide the CV joint out from the steering knuckle assembly.

Yamaha YXZ1000R upper ball joint

Step 11. Remove the cotter pin from the 22mm castle nut holding the upper ball joint, followed by the castle nut itself.

Step 12. Thread a disposable 22mm nut onto the upper ball joint to protect it, then knock the ball joint free from the upper A-arm with a hammer. 

Step 13. Remove the three 4mm bolts and the wheel guard from the steering knuckle.

Watch the clip below to see the steering knuckle disassembly segment of our Yamaha YXZ1000R wheel bearings video.

Removing Yamaha YXZ1000R Wheel Bearings

Step 14. Remove the two oil seals from the steering knuckle with a flat-blade screwdriver.

Yamaha YXZ1000R steering knuckle oil seal

Step 15. Remove the inner and outer wheel bearings from the steering knuckle with a bearing remover

Yamaha YXZ1000R wheel bearing removal

NOTE: Don’t lose the metal collar between the oil seals.

Step 16. Clean the steering knuckle with contact/brake cleaner.

Watch the clip below to see the wheel bearing removal segment of our Yamaha YXZ1000R wheel bearings video.

Installing Yamaha YXZ1000R Wheel Bearings

Step 17. Install the new outer wheel bearing into the steering knuckle using a bearing driver with a diameter that contacts the outer edge of the bearing. Press the new bearing into the steering knuckle until it bottoms out. 

Yamaha YXZ1000 UTV wheel bearing replacement

Step 18. Reinstall the metal collar. 

NOTE: Failing to reinstall the collar before installing the second wheel bearing will result in you having to remove one of the bearings again. 

Step 19. Install the new inner wheel bearing into the steering knuckle using a bearing driver with a diameter that contacts the outer edge of the bearing. Press the new bearing into the steering knuckle until it bottoms out. 

Step 20. Install the new outer oil seal into the steering knuckle using a collar with a diameter that contacts the outer edge of the oil seal. Drive the new oil seal down until it’s flush with the steering knuckle.

Yamaha YXZ1000R steering knuckle oil seal

Step 21. Install the new outer oil seal into the steering knuckle using a collar with a diameter that contacts the outer edge of the oil seal. Drive the new oil seal down until it’s flush with the steering knuckle.

Step 22. Pack the inner edges of the new oil seals with grease.

Watch the clip below to see the wheel bearing installation segment of our Yamaha YXZ1000R wheel bearings video.

Reinstalling Yamaha YXZ1000R Steering Knuckle Assembly

Step 23. Slide the upper ball joint into the steering knuckle, then reinstall the 22mm castle nut and torque it to 51 foot-pounds. Install a new cotter pin.

Yamaha YXZ1000R upper ball joint installation

Step 24. Refasten the brake hose bracket (10mm bolt) to the upper A-arm.

PRO TIP: If you removed the driveshaft earlier, reinstall it now by tapping it back into the transmission housing.

Step 25. Grease the stub axle and axle splines, and slide them back through the steering knuckle.

Yamaha YXZ1000R steering knuckle ball joint

Step 26. Slide the lower ball joint into the lower A-arm, then reinstall the 22mm castle nut and torque it to 51 foot-pounds. Install a new cotter pin.

Step 27. Reattach the shock absorber to the upper A-arm, then reinstall the mounting bolt (14mm bolt, 17mm nut).

Yamaha YXZ1000R side-by-side wheel bearing replacement

Step 28. Reinstall the steering joint through the steering knuckle assembly, and torque the 19mm castle and washer to 29 foot-pounds. Reinstall the cotter pin.

Step 29. Reinstall the wheel guard to the steering knuckle (three 4mm bolts).

Step 30. Grease the inside of the wheel hub and reinstall it onto the steering knuckle.

Yamaha side-by-side wheel bearing replacement

Step 31. Reinstall the axle bolt and washer, and tighten them as much as possible.

Step 32. Refasten the brake hose bracket (10mm bolt) to the lower A-arm, then reinstall the brake caliper assembly and torque the 14mm mounting bolts to 35 foot-pounds.

Yamaha YXZ1000R wheel bearing change

Step 33. Reinstall the front wheel, then lower the vehicle to the ground, torque the 32mm axle nut to 268 foot-pounds and stake it in place.

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