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Powder Coat & Bearings - April 15, 2009, 07:22 PM

I recently had some pieces powder coated. The final step in powder coating is the baking. During the baking if any bearings are left in the pieces, the bearings will fail not long after the piece is installled.

The person performing the job removed all the bearings in my swingarm in an effort to save me a few bucks. Apparently the bearings were in there pretty tight and the metal had to be heated in order to press the bearings out.

When I recieved my swingarm my instructions were to heat the metal with a hair drier in order to help press the bearings back into place without damaging the arm, powder or bearings. I was also warned not to use a torch, this would melt the new powder right off.

The proper procedure involves a specialty tool that looks like a hand held and operated press. I could not believe that bearings could be that hard. I also trusted the guy who pressed the bearings out. If he said they were a biatch then they were!

Slightly intimidated but still persistent I finally had some spare time at work to use the 25 ton press. I figured that would do it!

When I got the parts out and checked with the guys at the shop for input, the solution was too easy!!! I was stuck into a rut of how to heat the swingarm without damaging the new powder coat.

I put the bearings in the freezer for about 15 minutes! LIKE BUTTER BABY!!!


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April 15, 2009, 07:29 PM

good job man. Way to use your noggin, but


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