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Old 04-09-2006, 02:59 PM
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I know there is a debate between feel vs. scale. I won't comment on that. Just wondering if after you get it back together, if you will wonder how accurate your scale is. Might be worth it to you to go to Walmart, Garts, etc. for a fish scale. Not surprised the Auto[parts store didn't know what you were talking about. I got mine at Harbor freight, but it was called something else though ???
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LOL! Very ingenious Tim!

A fish scale can be had at most hardware stores or anywhere they sell fishing supplies. Couple of bucks. Doesn't have to be that accurate, just within a range of turning resistance. The reason is that the rotational resistance is a more accurate gauge of proper bearing preload than the adjusting nut torque. The torque is just a rough guideline. If the torque (of course you must always back it off 1/8-1/4 turn after the torque is achived) gets you to the proper range of preload, you're fine. I was also taught that while you're checking preload, you should rotate the wheel a number of times to make sure you drive the grease from the roller-race surfaces to get a proper reading.

Below is a photo of using my fish scale to adjust the preload on my 76:
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The Master taught me to do it by feel no scale nessaray
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Tim, Wal-Mart I think is where I got mine, less than 10 bucks and I have no reason to doubt that it's set right. Very consistent readings and the feeling was right too, and I made sure as Jeff said to rotate the wheel a bunch to free up the grease and make sure the bearing was seated properly. I'd say go with the scale unless you've packed a lot of wheel bearings and know what it's supposed to feel like (don't know how many you've done). Another thing my dad said he always did with the Suburbans was to drive at highway speeds for about 20-30 miles and then get out and feel the hubs; if they're too hot then something's gone wrong, so after I got it all back together I went for a drive and everything felt fine so I knew I was good to go!
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Yeah I drove to Boulder yesterday, and they were pretty warm when I stopped, almost too hot to keep my hand on the nuts & cone washers. I'm going to back them off a bit tonight, and will get a scale on my way home. Be nice if the fronts were more like the back, where you just line up the notches & forget about it..
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