I posted this in the VBMW site and thought I would post here as well. I'm really stumped so any help would be great. rj
I have just discovered what might be an issue with my 59 R69.
Few years ago, [4-5000 mi,] I replaced rear w/b's and converted to rubber seals.
Studied Duane's article, had the tool made for cking play [brngs clean w/light coat of oil] and reinstalled with the "shake the wheel test". All went well.
A few weeks ago, just before reinstalling my s/c I noticed some play, maybe about 1 mm,poss. a little more.
Figured I'd recheck and re-shim when the wheel was off for s.s. spokes, a s/c tire and balance.
This seemed to go well, as I had prev. ordered the shims from Duane. Put the stack together, shimed it, ck'ed pressure needed to move the center piece, everything seemed fine.
I just put a few miles 25-30, and rechecked wheel and with the "shake the wheel test". I have about the same 1.5-2 mm play. This is lateral [side to side] play parallel to the axle.
When I grab the wheel at top and bottom to "wiggle it",[like ck'ing the w/b on the front axle of a car or trailer] I don't feel any play. The only movement is the wheel[hub] sliding back and forth on the axle about 1.5 or 2 mm.
I removed the wheel, put the spare axle with a spacer on it, with both "tophats", tightened it and I get the same amount of play. It feels like the whole bearing stack is moving back and forth.
I removed the .002 shim that I had installed in the stack for the correct spacing , to see if that would tighten this up,[I actually thought it would make it too tight] and there was no change at all, still about 1.5-2mm lateral play.
I am really puzzled, any help would be great. thanks, rj