Originally Posted by Rio767pilot
They said that the tool was not for sale to the public.
I, totally, respect what you are saying. I also understand why the dealer will not sell the tool. They don't want John Doe working on his bearings, messing it up, the wheel flying off or locking up
, killing himself at 70 mph, and blaming them for selling him the tool
(Not to mention there is obscene profit to be made replacing bearings $450 USD for @ $75 USD in parts and 1.5 hours in labor, tops.)
I am not the average guy though. I replace bearings in CNC machines that run at much higher speeds and require much greater tolerances than my 2002 Rio. Still I would only concider leaving in the old spacer if it was within .020 inch of what I needed.
PS. I would not recommend that anyone crack into this job without taking great care. There's no shame in taking this one to the dealer if you're not sure you can do it yourself. I'm serious about the wheel flying off or locking up.