I hope my advice helps spazdude, and others like him
I was directing my post at him, that’s why I quoted him at the start.
As far as the “band of fools part”, I have no idea why Terry is so sure that must include him. LOL ! He is surely one of the better riders on the board, (and I am not) LOL ! What I was trying to describe is how a person that knows little, may ask 5 people who know less what to do, and then start fooling around with something that ain’t broke until they fixed it.
Having said that, I think fooling around with stuff is a great idea. If I had 10$ for every 100$ of stuff I’ve ruined, I could buy a new Shlumph and hire Kris himself to paint it pink and Paris Hilton to bring it to my door. When it comes to foolish ruination, I doubt there are many here in my league.
That said, I have saved enough money to buy a house, then fixed it myself. Bought a van for 200 $ in '76 and drove it for 120,000 miles and 11 years. Have rebuilt motorcycles, boats, and computers. The only thing I won’t do myself is dentistry and broken bones. Gotta draw the line somewhere .
So IMHO the uni is a fine place to start. Don’t stop there. Buy a van that doesn’t run for a few hundred dollars, spend twice as much as that on your tool box, and I bet you will end up way ahead eventually, but not every time.
I wish there was a way to fool around and learn without doing something foolish once in a while. A good place to start is to try not to work on stuff that isn’t broke ! LOL
Another thing about uni bearings, there is another way to screw them up. Take the wheel off to check them. I would normally do this only at tire changes. Turn the outer part of the bearing with your finger about 20 times. It should have a nice smooth feeling, with some drag, cause it’s full of grease. Assuming it’s good, when you put the wheel back on, it is possible on most uni’s to tighten the caps to much. You won’t notice it riding until they really crap out.
The trick is that the caps don’t fit on all the way, on most uni’s. So if you tighten it down to much, the cap will squeeze the outer bearing out of round, and this will make the bearing fail soon.
So spin the wheel when the caps are loose, count the spins. Then as you tighten the caps down, notice at which point the wheel does not spin as freely. Back off the cap nuts a bit until it spins free again, that should be about right. If that seems to loose to you, use blue loctite on the nuts, but don’t tighten it more cause you will warp the bearing.
There is no reason uni bearings should not last 20+ years with no maintenance at all. Spray the uni off with a hose, and avoid blasting the seals with solvent or pressure water and you should be styling a real long time.