I threw in "29er" to try and make this somewhat of an on topic post. I know that many on the 29er board are CK fans and have experience rebuilding CK hubs.
I was pulling the bearings on my CK driveshell and did not get the split ring to catch the outer bearing race. When I tried to tap out the bearing I drove the inner bearing race out and seperated the cage and balls from the outer race. After I got the outer race out of the driveshell I was able to put the balls back in the cage and with a tap of a rubber mallet was able to drive the inner race back in, making the bearing "whole" again. The driveshell bearing does not use a seal or snap-ring. Everything seems to spin smooth (hub is still torn apart) but the bearing seems to spin smooth in my hand.
Should I replace the driveshell bearing or am I ok running the bearing I accidently seperated? The balls, outer and inner race all seem ok.
If anybody has any specific experience with a CK hub bearing rebuild/replacement I would appreciate your guidance. All the information I can find on the web talks about regreasing the bearings and about how long they last. I cannot find any info that helps me determine when I need a new bearing.
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