More on the work.....
After close inspection the inner bearing needs replacement because of my graceful(not) removal of the inner bearing seal. Since I'm doing that I'll replace the outer one as well.
My spindle is a tapered one with a 1 3/8 inner diameter and 1 1/8 outer. so I actually need two different size bearings. It seems pretty common so I just need to figure out where to get it from.
That being said - it seems there is a great variety in the quality of bearings. Timken is supposedly one of the top ones and they make a kit (here
) that includes a lot of stuff I don't need. I guess I could buy the parts separate but by then I'm still pretty close to the kit.
I haven't pulled the other side off yet but will after I get this side all back together.
Any guidance on other companies that supply quality bearings? This is really something I don't want to roll the dice with. Also - most of these kits come with the races - but it seems my hub has them "integrated" so I assume I just toss the ones that come with the kit?
Oh - and as far as water. My wheels almost NEVER go into the water.