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Re: Side to side play in front wheels

Reply #15
You talking about the front wheel bearings or actually spindle bearings.
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Reply #16
front wheel bearings.

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Reply #17
That's what I was thinking from the beginning, but James mentioned that he thought it was the bushings and that I needed new a arms... So I GOT new a arms off of slick. Not sure what to do now! LOL
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Reply #18
lol he was just trying to make sure you checked everything before you bought the wrong parts.  you can hang on to them as spares or sell em.

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Reply #19
lol he was just trying to make sure you checked everything before you bought the wrong parts.  you can hang on to them as spares or sell em.

I've got two blastys...can always use spare parts!!
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Re: Side to side play in front wheels

Reply #20
If the spindle (the part the ball joints go into) isn't moving but the hub (the part that rotates, has the brakes inside and wheel bolted to it) is, you have bad wheel bearings.
 
If the arms are not moving but the spindle is, the ball joints are bad and they're made into the a-arms.
 
I'm sorry for sending you on a wild goose chase!  I was just trying to make sure, as Scot said, that you figured out what was actually wrong so you replace the correct worn part.
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Re: Side to side play in front wheels

Reply #21
I can say with confidence that it is 100% not the HUB but it is the spindle.  Now, what I don't understand is how it's the a arm bushings that are causing this when the a arms don't actually go into the spindle, but the piece that connects the a arms goes into the spindle. 
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Reply #22
IDK, im getting frustrated and need to just work on getting this motor together.  One thing at a time...
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Reply #23
The a-arm bushings are not causing it if the spindle is moving but not the arms.  That's worn ball joints.  Unfortunately, yamaha saw fit to make the a-arms with welded in ball joints so you have to replace the entire a-arm.
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Reply #24
Makes sense now.... REP given!
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Reply #25
Just to make sure, I decided to take  a video of the problem.  Watch it and tell me what you think is going on!  Thanks in advance!


http://youtu.be/x76wPA9rm9U
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Reply #26
Can't tell about the right side but the left side is definitely wheel bearings.  I can see the gap between the drum and backer plate get thicker and thinner.
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Reply #27
Okay, well it does the same exact thing on the right side. So it's just the wheel bearings then, that's not too bad then.
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