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Message posted by moonmonkey0220/7/2013 at 10:55am
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Problem with bearing replacement on a conway 2001 classic TT.

Bearing needed replacement and had to cut off the inner bearing as it wouldn't budge from the axle using brute force. Behind the bearing there is a plastic dust/ spacer which is approx 1/4" wide - in effect it acts as a dirt seal and spacer.
Bought new bearings from a large trailer retailer ok but no one knew what this spacer was or claimed to have seen one before.
Refitting the hub/bearings means it is loose as it needs this dirt seal/spacer.
Has anyone had this problem or knows where to get a replacement spacer?

Message posted by derekcbr20/7/2013 at 3:07pm
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Whoa! A spacer will not be made out of plastic! Are the bearings tapered or not. If tapered they are fitted totally differently to non tapered. Anything plastic is usually for dust or dirt protection. Trust me I am qualified mechanical engineer. You can always phone me. Will give you my number if you want

Message posted by navver20/7/2013 at 10:13pm
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Plastic on the inner bearing is usually an oilseal to keep the grease in and is probably part of the bearing.

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Is it the seal as in this bearing, i dont think you will find any spacer made from plastic, unless a previous owner has done a botched conversion .
Bearing seal

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Message posted by moonmonkey0222/7/2013 at 5:50am
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It's definitely a grease seal which fits between the tapered bearing and the rear of the axle.
The bearing is a 44643, which is correct, and this would usually have a built in grease seal as part of the inner bearing. However this has a normal bearing and a seperate grease/dirt seal.
I've checked the other axle (which is ok) and this is the same.
On the grease seal it has FEY stamped on it who manufacture grease seals etc.   So as far as I can see this set up has a normal bearing without a grease seal and a seperate grease/dirt seal which also acts as a spacer: it's approx 6mm thick.

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Message posted by derekcbr22/7/2013 at 8:27am
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The bearing shown by alpiner is not a tapered bearing. If yours is tapered there are usually two fitted to the stub axle. The race(s) are usually a press fit into the hub and the tapered bearings placed in by hand. Is this your set up? Maybe you looking at the opposite side set up has cured the problem for you

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here's a picture of the grease/dirt seal from the other side:  the other one was damaged and then destroyed whilst cutting the bearing off.

its 50mm wide (to fit inside the rear of the hub and provide the seal), fits a standard 1" axle and is approx 6mm deep which in effect is the spacer.  its made of plastic.

the bearings in the hub are standard tapered 44643.

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Message posted by moonmonkey0222/7/2013 at 9:07am
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pictures uploaded.

its 50mm wide to fit inside the rear of the hub body and sealing the inner bearing.

it fits a standard 1" axle.

its about 6mm deep in effect acting as a seal and spacer.

i'll be contacting a bearing supplier some time this week but will also ping an e-mail off to who i think made it as well.

any help appreciated!


Message posted by adriancherry02/9/2017 at 10:39pm
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I know this is an old thread but I find myself in the same situation. I might add that the centre section of this fey grease seal is actually made from metal and is a spacer. This is a proper thing to all you doubters out there. I just need 2 replacements. Was there any resolution to this question. Some of the links no longer work. Thanks in advance. Adrian.

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Hi I've a big problem too, I purchassed my first Conway mirage one week ago
As it didnt have a spare wheel I went out to get size
The findings were that the previous owner had replaced one side new hub,,bearings all new grease fine
But for some reason the hub sticks out more than other side,
Causing wheel rub on body
I'm really sorry to ask but I've got to order new hub but how can i be sure it will be the right size
I've been onto Ebay and found the hub replacements but they come in three sizes and the guy seems to think i need size 100 can anyone help me please I'm on my own but not a mechanic thanks joann

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Can you help me, I've a problem trying to locate a solution to my wheel problem
It seems the previous owner has replaced a hub and bearings
I found that the wheel is rubbing the body as the hub doesnt go home far enough
Therefore sticks out causing rub on tyre
I've found new hub replacement but they come in three sizes and he thinks I'll need a 100?
Could you advise me please as I'm on my own but not a mechanic thankyou
Joann

Message posted by Bramidan23/5/2020 at 7:22pm
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Look you probably won't feel this is the answer you want to hear but wouldn't you be better getting it fixed by a mobile caravan engineer.
Surely if somebody knows what they are doing I.e an expert it can't take long to do and thus wouldn't be that expensive.
Presumably the previous owner didn't go very far if the tyre was rubbing on the body?
They must have been quite lucky not to have a serious accident, with a blow out.


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