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Old 02-17-2010, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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KOH and unit bearing hubs

Who ran unit bearing hubs that were still tight at the end of the race?

I'm thinking the top drivers dished out enough abuse to their trucks that if they were running unit bearing hubs they were probably pretty worn by the end of the week. Am I correct?
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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as much as I wanted to start this thread I figure I have hated on unit bearings enuff

the only failure I heard of this year was cottins, so that is an improvement over the 3 from last year.
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just watched a video of Adam Carter changing one on his brand new car, I'm not sure if the hub was a used part but I doubt it.

I turned down a good deal on a rear axle recently, telling myself I want to stick with the reliability and serviceability of good old full float hubs instead of the light weight non-serviceable bling stuff even though the bling is tempting.

Although, I did see that a racer(Derek West?) was running pro-version serviceable unit bearings(Spidertrax?) which sounded interesting but I'm sure the price is up there and the service parts aren't readily available.

Just wanted to check if I'm on the right track.....
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah AC lost one also, mostly due to having to limp a long ways on a flat KRT. They couldn't change the tire because they lost the tool bag.
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They couldn't change the tire because they lost the tool bag.
Really? I thought Daniel rode in the right seat the whole time.


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We are still running the same hubs that we ran in v2r. Still nice and tight.
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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DSI is still running the same hub's he raced the silver state 300 with, the race the car did a tripple barrel roll in, landing on it's wheels, part of the henderson race, pre ran the parker 425, and then raced the parker 425 with, and finished KOH on. They are the Trail Gear ones. Still tight, and appeared to be in good shape.
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This is the first he has had brake.He ran them on last years car with no problems.
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Old 02-17-2010, 06:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah I sent my 2 spare 6 lug Spidertrax unit bearings to DSI for V2R and they were on the lakebed all week for Jeff to loan out if anyone called for unit bearings.

Bigsilly brought them home to me in the same box I shipped to Dad's before V2R.

Anyone want to buy them?
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I am running the same unit Bearings for 2 years now including two KoH races a shit load of trail riding and many trips to Glamis and Barstow when it came time to add By Pass shock's we tore everything down expecting to find a bad unit bearing and to our suprise all where perfecet I also run rear steer and decided to keep it after further inspection of the unit bearings, I know Dave has well over 1,000 miles on the Unit Bearings that Kirby designed and those are hard desert miles...
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I bought a spare because I thought it was making a bunch of noise. It probably was with 225lbs of water in each front tire and 2 years of non-stop abuse. My real question is when do you know that it needs to be replaced? Slop? Noise? I tightened the used one with an air gun a tiny bit and it's good to go
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I just watched a video of Adam Carter changing one on his brand new car, I'm not sure if the hub was a used part but I doubt it.

I turned down a good deal on a rear axle recently, telling myself I want to stick with the reliability and serviceability of good old full float hubs instead of the light weight non-serviceable bling stuff even though the bling is tempting.

Although, I did see that a racer(Derek West?) was running pro-version serviceable unit bearings(Spidertrax?) which sounded interesting but I'm sure the price is up there and the service parts aren't readily available.

Just wanted to check if I'm on the right track.....
I havent checked mine yet, but nothing is bad loose. The bearings are servicable, I am assuming it is a Timken bearing that I can get from Spidertrax or somewhere local. They are a little more money, but the first time that I rebuild them I will have saved. Not to mention they have the tightest scrub radius of anything unit bearing style and are around 8 lbs lighter per corner. There are pics in my build thread.

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I bought a spare because I thought it was making a bunch of noise. It probably was with 225lbs of water in each front tire and 2 years of non-stop abuse. My real question is when do you know that it needs to be replaced? Slop? Noise? I tightened the used one with an air gun a tiny bit and it's good to go
noise is an indicator, but there's usually slop before it gets to that point.

slop = bad

You can snug it up again, but it's wearing out and should probably be replaced.

I'll never forget the time I was driving my rig down the road, kept hearing a ticktickticktick. Jacked up the front end to check the bearings and my tire tilted over an inch.




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Old 02-17-2010, 10:44 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Mine are all good...they have several hundred miles of pre-running and the 2010 KOH race. Oh yeah...we have plenty in stock ready to ship!
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