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Old 07-16-2012, 05:08 PM Rookie

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Rear axle bearing temperatures?

I have a 97 with a full floating rear axle that I've pulled the rear axles out of before many miles ago, so it's not my first time doing it. I just pulled the whole thing apart replaced the seals and brakes but bearings looked fine so I left them alone. This time after I started driving it again for some reason I decided to feel the hub after I had been driving it and it just feels warmer than I expected it to be. It's not to hot to keep your hand on but it does get warm. Now I'm questioning if maybe I've got the axle nut to tight or maybe even to loose, just snugged it up like I would if it were a castle nut on another axle but I really don't have anything to compare the temperature now and before too! No noise or anything else and it seems to turn free without any binding and its definitely not loose in the axle direction! Any thoughts or help would be great. I guess it makes sense that the rear end builds up heat in fact I think I've seen modified HOG's head cover to help radiate the heat, but now I'm just wondering what's normal!
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Torque on the spindle nut is 60 lbs then back 7 clicks if used bearings, 5 clicks if new.
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Thanks! I think that's about where I am but to give myself another piece of mind I'm going to pull it all apart and double check the reassembly! Any input on just the general touch temperature on the outside of the hub after it's been driven? Would you be alarmed if it feels warm? I've just never felt it before even though I've owned it since new to have a bench mark! Thanks
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