Originally Posted by azdryheat
Bearings always come with new races. When I'm doing new bearings I'll tighten the castle nut to seat the bearings then back it off. I then hand tighten the castle nut and back off to the first hole I can put the cotter pin through. I like a very slight amount of play. Never have had a bearing problem.
Yeppers. That's the secret... Just a touch of play.
I've towed my sailboat all over the country for 14 years with 1 bearing being replaced. And that includes summer trips to California across the desert in the heat.
I now user same technique with my trailer bearings.
Choose usa bearings.
Hand pack with grease.
Seat them while spinning hub.
Back off and leave a touch of play in drum.