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MIT

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Mon 23 Jul 18 13:17

Rear wheel bearing replacement


Hi, Iíve been checking out the rear end on the 74, and it looks like one of the rear wheel bearings needs replacing. Iíve researched it a bit, and looks like a bit of a pig to do, special tooling etc, but I get the feeling itís an expensive shop job, so looking to do it myself. Any hints or tips to help me on my way?

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curious bystander

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Mon 23 Jul 18 14:48

Re: Rear wheel bearing replacement


Several YouTube films to look at and yes it needs special equipment.

Might be easier to remove the trailing arm and take it to someone who's got the tools?

If they're not set up dead on the new bearing won't last


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kentvette

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Mon 23 Jul 18 14:57

Re: Rear wheel bearing replacement


As Bill says, a bit of a pig to do yourself and definitely good to have the trailing arms off if you go with replacing the bearings on the current assembly. Of course, then you might want to change the trailing arm bushes too....

Or, you could foot the expense and buy one the complete units that are now sold (check out Corvette Central and Zip and/or Corvette Kingdom), which only entail removing the old hub assembly etc from the trailing arm and bolting a nice new one, all professionally set up and ready to go. If I need to go down the replacement route again, it'll be that way I'm afraid!

A few other things to consider: You'll need a new flange nut and washer and even a new flange. Do check all the "half-shaft" U/Js while you are there. Remember to obtain a "Shock Mount Removal Tool", you'll need one.


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L88

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Mon 23 Jul 18 15:11

Re: Rear wheel bearing replacement


I have the set up tool, it means bearing can be set up perfectly on a bench before bolting back into the trailing arm. Itís a job that will take longer than you hoped not so much shimming the bearing more getting everything unbolted so you can unbolt bearing carrier. Best wait til the weather turns but yes youíre welcome to use it when your ready.

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MIT

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Mon 23 Jul 18 17:09

Re: Rear wheel bearing replacement


Thanks for the info guys, Iíve been looking at various options, and the rebuilt assembly from zip looks the best option price wise at $289 as you say Stephen, but the surcharge for my old hub is $275 plus return postage. It includes the disk and handbrake hardware. So might do both sides.

https://www.zip-corvette.com/65-76-wheel-bearing-assembly-re...

Ck want £700 without disk or handbrake hardware plus postage.

Thanks for the offer of the tooling Frank, I might take you up on that if I go that route.

Just for reference, hereís the videos I took.

https://youtu.be/I9v33_T6nBU

https://youtu.be/UCoI9OAy5LM


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Forrest Gump

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Mon 23 Jul 18 21:16

Re: Rear wheel bearing replacement


Hi Tim,

I don't think it's the bearing, it's end play in the driveshaft yoke you've got there.
Holding the wheels at 3 and 9 o'clock will show any bearing movement.

Andy


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Forrest Gump

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Mon 23 Jul 18 21:19

Re: Rear wheel bearing replacement


Beg your pardon, I only watched the first video!!! Yes that is bearings and will account for the rear-wheel steering sensation

Andy


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MIT

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Mon 23 Jul 18 21:40

Re: Rear wheel bearing replacement


Itís nice to find something thatís causing the issues, but at the same time more money to spend.
Iíve done the camber adjustment, I set the positive side to the same as the negative side, so nice and equal, looks much better now.
Iíve emailed zip ref postage and exchange etc, see what they come back with. Their price is nearly half of other dealers.


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kentvette

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Tue 24 Jul 18 10:03

Re: Rear wheel bearing replacement


Tim, Just watched your videos. Yep - bearings!

I have to say, it looks pretty neat and tidy behind the wheel, the carrier, driveshafts etc, so I'm guessing it will come apart nicely.

It's a little while since I looked at Zip's pages, so I'd forgotten about surcharges. I think the last thing I looked at that was "exchange" worked out as cheap to buy the"new" item, but I don't think that applies to the bearings? Definitely a lot easier, but you pay for it Rolling Eyes



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CaptainK

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Tue 24 Jul 18 12:15


*gulp* I was not aware that rear wheel bearings were a pain on these. Guess who has a rear wheel bearing that needs replacing soon.......

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