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I'm replacing all bearings in pivot links on my full suspension bike and for one of them seems to have more space around bearing itself (housing? if that is right term). I can pop it out and insert it back without using any tools (7 other bearings had to be press fitted). Should I worry about this 'loose' bearing, can I fix this issue by applying Loctite? (Can I use blue Loctite 243 for this or I need stronger grade?)

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"Bore" or "bearing bore" are the words I know for it. Yes, you're right to worry about this, especially if it's actually more or less loose in there and not just a slip fit. One possible negative consequence of the fit being loose is the bore could get deformed and/or ovalized until there's knocking or play you can feel while riding as a result. It could also creak. It probably also doesn't help bearing life, and I'm sure there are other problems that could result from this depending on the factors at work. If it's more like a slip fit, where it's somewhat snug but can be pushed in and out by hand, that's fairly common and while not ideal, it's unlikely to do much more than creak, although having it develop into something worse isn't impossible.

The common fix for this is to use Loctite 609 or equivalent, which is designed for this kind of application. It expands to create a tight fit, but generally not so much you'll hate life too much when you have to get it apart. I wouldn't be optimistic about the medium-strength threadlockers like 243 being strong enough here.

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  • Welcome to the Close / Reopen review queue Nathan! This post on meta may be of use: meta.bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/1029/8273 – andy256 Oct 25 '16 at 6:21
  • @Nathan Knutson - The gap between bearing and bore is not that wide. Bearing is inserted parallel and it doesn't seem to move much and it doesn't rotate inside. I asked about Loctite 243 because I have and it is really hard to find other products (no one is selling 609 in Bosnia). Can other products from this 6xx range be used? – False Identity Oct 25 '16 at 9:38
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    @False Identity Looking at the results of googling "Loctite cylindrical bonding" and "Loctite retaining compound", it appears 603 and 641 may also work, and maybe others. There are also companies like ND Industries and others that make Loctite clone products. It would be reasonable to try the 243 and see how well it holds. I've just seen the mid strength blue ones fail to do much in similar instances. – Nathan Knutson Oct 25 '16 at 17:14

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