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USING THE RRP BEARING PRESS
& EXTRACTION TOOLS

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PART 2:
INSTALLING A BEARING
(WHEN THE BEARING RACES ARE PARALLEL
WITH THE ROCKER ARM/FRAME SURFACES)
 
 


 
 
1)  Grease the bearing socket
 

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 As with almost all bicycle parts that are assembled, lubrication is important.  Suspension bearings are an interference press fit.  Grease will not only make the installation go smoother, but will provide a protective layer between the dissimilar materials.  Of course it will also increase the likelihood of the bearing coming out much easier when it's time to change it. 
 
Almost any grease or anti-seize compound is OK.  We like Rock 'n' Roll Super Coat for this.  A Loctite type product would only be used if the bearing socket were oversized and would not properly retain the bearing.   
 

 
 
2)  Place the bearing on the Male Installation Adapter & grease the outer race
 

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You must use the proper Bearing Kit for the size of bearing that you are installing.  Lubricate the outer race of the bearing.  The blue parts of the kit are for the installation process.    
 

 
 
3)  Align the bearing with the recess in the rocker or frame.  Place the Female Installation Adapter onto the male extension on the opposite side

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Check that the bearing is properly aligned and that all of the tool parts are square with the rocker arm/frame member and bearing.   
 

 
 
4)  Insert the Threaded Rod through the assembly
 

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 Except in unusual circumstances where it does not span both sides of the rocker or frame, use the shorter of the two Threaded Rods.   
 

 
 
5)  Thread the Rod into the "Inside Handle"
 

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Make certain you have plenty of threads into the Inside Handle body.   
 

 
 
5)  Thread the Main Handle onto the Threaded Rod
 

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 Turn the Main Handle until the entire assembly is snug.  Verify that all the parts are properly aligned before proceeding.   
 

 
 
6)  Tighten the Main handle until the bearing is fully seated in the rocker or frame member
 

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 The handles of this tool are short for a reason.  An unreasonable amount of torque should not be required to install a suspension bearing.  As long as the Main Handle continues to turn smoothly, the bearing is being pressed in.  When fully seated, you will feel a definite change in resistance.  Stop at this point.  Only harm can come from over-tightening the assembly.
 
Back out the tool and inspect the bearing to see that it is fully seated. 
 
If you are having trouble turning the handles, make certain that you are using the properly sized Male Installation Adapter for the bearing.  Double check alignment of the parts.  If, in spite of using the correctly sized parts and having all of the parts properly aligned, the handles are still too difficult to turn, it is possible that the bearing or frame recess is out of tolerance.  Do not force the parts.  Take everything apart and get some accurate measurements of the bearing OD and the frame recess ID to figure out what the problem is.    
 


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