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    I am tempted to just take the old Kodiak to the dealer in ANC and have them do all four wheel bearings, and the valve adjustment. I don't have an air impact wrench or any kind of high performance bearing puller/press, so I would have to make a small tool investment for a imparct wrench, and then take the hubs to a shop for pressing in/out the bearings. To do the valve adjustment I have to undress the whole machine to get to one of the valve access ports. My motivation is waning on this project ATV.

    Is there anyone besides the dealer in ANC that does ATV repairs?

    Is there anyone that has a good bearing removal method that does not involve a hydraulic press? the Tusk bearing removal tool looks promessing for blind bearings, but I have a concern that a slide hammer will not have enough power to pull these. I base this on various forum comments that a 12 to 20 ton press is typically used on this yamaha hubs.

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    What model is your project wheeler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskankid13 View Post
    What model is your project wheeler?
    2005 yamaha Kodiak 450 with IRS, model # YFM450FWAN

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    Look up some YouTube videos, there are a lot of them out there and the grizzly 660's of that year should be the or mostly.

    Go on over to the grizzly central forum, they will have the info you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskankid13 View Post
    Look up some YouTube videos, there are a lot of them out there and the grizzly 660's of that year should be the or mostly.

    Go on over to the grizzly central forum, they will have the info you need.
    I was not asking "how to do it" I was asking if there was another local option besides the dealer or using a hydraulic press. I know how to do it, I just don't want to invest a couple hundred bucks in tools that I will not be using frequently.

    If someone on here had a press that I could come over and use for a bartered fee that would be interesting.

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    In the passed I use a hydraulic car jack and one time I had a local auto shop do it for $20.
    99.9% of the time I just use a block of wood and a hammer.

    It sometimes helped to put the bearing in the freezer over night.

    Where is south central?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver View Post
    Where is south central?
    East Anchorage

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    As far as the bearings....all you need is a hammer and punch....and a little common sense. No impact wrench/press/high tech gear needed.
    I've done 4 sets of Yamaha bearings with zero problems.

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    Go Pro off Potter would probably do it for you if you don't like the Yamaha shop on Spenard. I've always had good service/experience from the Yamaha shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskanSD View Post
    Go Pro off Potter would probably do it for you if you don't like the Yamaha shop on Spenard. I've always had good service/experience from the Yamaha shop.
    Its not so much liking the shop, its digging the trailer out of the back yard, moving an older truck to get the trailer out, loading the rig up and taking it to the shop, and then reversing all that once its done. Its a multifacited PITA to haul the ride. Thats my real problem to be honest.

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    Hmm - Ok! Well, good luck! You received answers to both of your original questions, but it appears that is not what you wanted?

    You asked:
    Quote Originally Posted by AK Ray View Post
    Is there anyone besides the dealer in ANC that does ATV repairs?
    And then you repeated it again later. You received an answer, but didn't like it.

    Then you asked:

    Quote Originally Posted by AK Ray View Post
    Is there anyone that has a good bearing removal method that does not involve a hydraulic press?
    To which you also received an answer directing you to some quality resources on easy methods to replace bearings without a press, but you didn't like that either.

    Hope you get it figured out!

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