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Old 04-25-2021, 08:04 AM
erie660 erie660 is offline
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Default Issue with Vault bearing cap sizes

I just took a vault cap off to repack a hub with the Hybrid grease. I know UFP says to use a loctite retaining compound when installing the new cap. The old cap came off very easy and there was no sign of any old sealant on the cap. I had a hard time installing this new 1.980 cap because of how tight it fit. I put some sealant on it but as tight as it went on I canít imagine it coming off. I read a review and someone said they got some new vault 1.980 caps that actually measured 1.985. I do not have any calipers to measure the new ones but I will pick one up. Has anyone experienced this and would there be an issue forcing a 1.985 when it calls for 1.980? Thanks
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Old 05-14-2021, 11:46 AM
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Erie,
Just get a bigger hammer.

Any time I have such an issue, I have a metal plate that I place over the bearing cap. Then, I have a 5 lb sledge hammer and give the cap a good jar. Quick and easy - it goes right in. A .005 over is about right for a well fitting long lasting bearing cap.

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Old 05-15-2021, 08:10 AM
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I just took a vault cap off to repack a hub with the Hybrid grease. I know UFP says to use a loctite retaining compound when installing the new cap. The old cap came off very easy and there was no sign of any old sealant on the cap. I had a hard time installing this new 1.980 cap because of how tight it fit. I put some sealant on it but as tight as it went on I canít imagine it coming off. I read a review and someone said they got some new vault 1.980 caps that actually measured 1.985. I do not have any calipers to measure the new ones but I will pick one up. Has anyone experienced this and would there be an issue forcing a 1.985 when it calls for 1.980? Thanks
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Old 05-15-2021, 08:16 AM
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bubba,
Absolutely correct on the use of a dust cover driver.

But, if you know the needed diameter and pick up a pipe nipple of the same diameter, you can purchase a nipple for under $10 to do the same job.

But, no doubt - the dedicated tool is clearly the best way to do the job.
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