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Date:  8-3-2012
Number of Hours:  0.75
Manual Reference:  L01
Brief Description:  Wheel bearings

BACK FROM AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH, SO BACK TO WORK! Went to the Sonex Homecoming on Sunday, and the Sonex party Monday night. Met and reconnected with lots of builders.

Tonight worked on getting the wheel bearing races seated deeper into the wheels. They came seated WAY too high. Max Emmighausen loaned me a steel washer and heavy 1-1/4" socket (photo #1). Set the washer on top of the bearing races, then used a rubber mallet to pound on the socket, which in turn pushes on the washer, which in turn pushes on the races.

I used a drill bit with a red mark on it to check the depth of the race around its circumference, to make sure it was even all around. It's easy to set it off center.

Photo #2 shows the bearing in the race, and the dust cover on top of the bearing. Although the photo makes it look like it's sitting pretty high, it's at least twice as low as when I receivede them. This was as far down as I could get the races set without threatening to crack the aluminum wheels.

Photo #3 shows all 4 wheel halves, all with the races set equally lower in the wheels.

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UPDATE (08/06/12): SEE THE LATER POST ON 8/6/12 FOR A REVISION OF THIS STEP. I ENDED UP SEATING THE RACES MUCH FARTHER INTO THE WHEELS.
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Socket on top of steel washer, on top of bearing race.

Socket on top of steel washer, on top of bearing race.

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Dust cover with the bearing set in place.

Dust cover with the bearing set in place.

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All 4 wheel halves.

All 4 wheel halves.

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