I just had a heck of a time getting the bearing off of my Hectic. For my Legacy, I can use the hole in the bottom of some needle nosed pliers to wiggle it off, but with the Hectic, the bearing is too small for that method. I had to use the “not recommended” pliers to get it off, which still took forever. Not to mention they were rusted.
Now let me just say that I am border-line paranoid about taking care of my things. So naturally, the last thing I want to do is grip a steel bearing with a pair of steel pliers and start pulling and wiggling. It seems almost impossible that the bearing would not suffer some kind of damage that way. Does there exist a ‘bearing removal tool’ somewhere out there in the machine/industrial world?
Also, how can I tell if I damaged my bearing in any way while removing it?