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by JerryTapscott
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 961

Re: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings

A valid point Nev, and I have to ask, why did Ariel choose to use one simple bearing on the left but not on the right?
by JerryTapscott
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 961

Re: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings

I think I may have found an answer to where the abutment washer goes. My neighbour came into my garage and said, "Have you tried reading the manual?" Er... ah. Right. https://i.imgur.com/Da2RkWp.jpg https://i.imgur.com/cV9rtij.jpg https://i.imgur.com/xdN3TAq.jpg Seems pretty clear from the...
by JerryTapscott
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 961

Re: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings

Thanks for that Simon, who'd have thought something as simple as a bearing could be so complicated. The replacement bearing I have used for the RH side is exactly the same as the narrow original. It's not a modern one from Drags, it's a NOS British item, exactly as Ariel supplied back in the day. Al...
by JerryTapscott
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 961

Re: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings

And just to add to the general confusion in my garage, here are two images of the same hub with the bearing abutment spacer in two different positions. I don't know why they never illustrate the top hat spacer on these diagrams. https://i.imgur.com/kR2GRGN.gif https://i.imgur.com/39lpaJI.jpg
by JerryTapscott
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 961

Re: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings

...although I can't imagine that in reality it would actually make any difference which side of the bearing the spacer is. Certainly the wheel in its current configuration seems happy enough, no play, free running, brake works. Hmm.
by JerryTapscott
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 961

Re: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings

Right, now then, slight departure from spindle size: spacer position. The "bearing abutment spacer" I believe it's called. Below is a photograph I took of the bearing & spacer arrangement when I took the wheel apart. This is exactly as I found it. I decided to replicate this arrangemen...
by JerryTapscott
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 961

Re: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings

On this new spindle I'm getting 0.748 and 0.621. Not quite the discrepancy I initially thought it was but the narrower diameter is still about ten thou down on the size you mention Chris. The old spindle (now back in the wheel) was the same (0.748) on the larger diameter - possibly down a couple of ...
by JerryTapscott
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 961

Re: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings

Righto, well the new stainless steel spindle turned up today. I now also have a really good set of (non-Chinese) NOS imperial bearings and so this evening I set to and reassembled everything. With the new spindle inserted there is still noticeable play in the front wheel. With the original spindle i...
by JerryTapscott
Fri May 25, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 961

Re: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings

Thanks. What with Drags being out of stock of supposedly in-stock items and Feked sending me two rear wheel bearings I've ended up sourcing the darn things myself and using the old top hat.
by JerryTapscott
Fri May 25, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 961

Re: 48 VH Front Wheel Bearings

Simon G - yes I think Feked have sold me a set of rear wheel bearings. The ones I have are never going to work. Simon H - because I now have lost confidence in what Feked have sold me would you be able to let me know the correct size for the left (non-brake side) bearing as well so that I can get on...

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