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    Default "Best" wheel spacers?

    I've been through a few sets of wheel spacers over the years and haven't come across anything that stands out. I've had OEM, EE hard anodized, El Cheap-O's; Pivot Works, All Balls, Tusk etc... Maybe it's a seal issue that is part of the problem. I know spacers are a "wear item" but I would like to minimize the replacement intervals. Is there wheel spacer that stands head and shoulders above the rest or should I just continue to swapping them out when the wheel bearings give it up.
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    Default Re: "Best" wheel spacers?

    Are you running lube on them, I use Bel-ray waterproof grease where the seal contacts the spacer. I believe I still have my stock ones in my 06 with 15k miles, I know I never bought any spacers.
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    Default Re: "Best" wheel spacers?

    Hah, yes; I use Bel-ray waterproof as well.
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    I don't know who makes the good spacers anymore, the ones with the steel ring where the seal rides. Used to be, several companies made them. Now they are hard to source.
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    Default Re: "Best" wheel spacers?

    Last ones I saw with the steel ring were Moose.

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    Default Re: "Best" wheel spacers?

    I'd like to know this, too.
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    Default Re: "Best" wheel spacers?

    I don't keep hours on when I replace bearings but typically when I do, the spacers have a significant groove in them at which point I replace them along with new seals. I probably get on an average 2 years out of my rear bearings. Am I the only one or perhaps I should continue to use them even though grooved?
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    Default Re: "Best" wheel spacers?

    Out in the desert where we don't need to worry about water getting into the bearings the seal is not all that important but also seem to last a very long time.
    I pack the seal cavity with the waterproof grease when the wheel is off but also put a few drops of chain lube when doing the chain along with footpeg and rear brake pivot points. One spin of the wheel to clean off the extra lube and grit and that is it until the next time the wheel is off. The later grooved KTM bushings and also the Tusk seem to never need replacing. I also rarely need to change a bearing but when I did that is the only time I replaced the seal.
    Probably just useless information for mud riders but when i did get into water crossings I never had a seal or bushing problem.
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    Default Re: "Best" wheel spacers?

    Iím interested in this too..

    Iíve gone through a couple sets of OEM spacers. Iím not sure how you get 15k miles out of them when mine grooved relatively quick. Once theyíre grooved the seal gets destroyed and itís only a matter of time until the bearing goes with it.

    I did pick up a set that have a larger, tapered edge to help with aligning the rear wheel when re-installing. Theyíre aluminum though so weíll see how they last.
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    Default Re: "Best" wheel spacers?

    It looks like All Balls still makes the good spacers, at least going from this link. I'd call and confirm before placing an order, though.
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