from here it gets rough
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Beyond Honolulu
Yes, you need bearing splitters. They wedge behind the bearing, or the gear, then they sit on the saddle of your press, and you then apply the force to the shaft. When the bearing starts to press off, hold one hand under the dangling assembly so it doesn't fall.
A subtle trick. The bearing splitter is flat on one side, dished or concave on the other. Make sure you use the flat side against a gear when you push off a gear, this spreads where the force contacts the gear. If you use the concave side the splitter will only be contacting against the side/edge of a few or the teeth, and you can "flake" off a chunk of gear, sorta the way you make arrowheads out of flint. You don't want to damage your gears.
I have never pressed off bearings, and then re-used them. I honestly believe they are cheap enough to use new ones, if you damage one you won't notice it until you are assembled and back on the road, and then your stuff breaks down and you're hosed. Buy a rebuild kit and put on new stuff.
....I'm not smart, but I can lift heavy things.......
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We will be going Metric every inch of the way.
yes I'm a some guy and have always put gasket sealer on my surfaces before mating
You should go to Pirate. I hear they are real smart over there. You'd fit right in.