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Old Dec 7th 2018, 07:12 AM   #1
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Help! Question about wheel bearings / Axle - swapping wheel

Hello, this is my first post and I'm a new rider. Would love to get my bike back on the road asap! So thanks in advance.

I cracked my wheel a few weeks ago and I found a seemingly exact wheel on ebay for a good price and so I bought it.

My bike is a 2009 ducati 696

The wheel is from a 2013 ducati 696

I took the old wheel off, fit the rotors on the new one, and then spent a couple of days attempting to slam the axle through the forks. For some reason it stops 95% of the way, just before the threads poke through the left fork. I went to town on the axle and left fork trying to pry it open so it would slide through. (I thought the problem was the left fork wasn't open enough.) So much so that I mushroomed the end of the axle. I bought a new one and after 2 weeks of waiting for delivery and another day of frustration I have now come to realization that the wheels are not the same

The difference are the wheel bearings. On the original 09 wheel the left side bearing is flush with the hub and the right is set in about a 1/2". The 2013 wheel bearings sit flush on both sides. So, in short, it's not the fork that wasn't letting the axle slide through the fork- it's being stopped by the bearing on the right side.

Few questions about how I should proceed. I don't know which are viable solutions yet and hoping someone can shed some light.

1. Get an axle from a 2013 (will this work)
2. Swap bearings from old wheel onto new wheel (is this even possible)
3. Buy correct wheel ($$$)

What direction should I take?

Last edited by papag1234; Dec 7th 2018 at 09:05 AM.
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