Originally Posted by RFSchaller
Well, my bad! Mothership was right! I put the stabilator back on with the shim washers and the thump test failed again. I tapped the bearings with a nylon head tack hammer and they popped out. Looks like my well intentioned attempts to lubricate the joint only ended up wicking oil into the gap between the bearing and the socket it is pressed into.
I cleaned up everything with acetone and alcohol before applying the Loctite recommended in the SB. Hopefully the issue is resolved.
Have the bearings been holding in place since you did the service bulletin? My kit is still under construction, and I'm just about to rivet the bearings into place. I've been debating whether to do the service bulletin on the bearings I have or just buy new bearings. The bearings that shipped with my kit seem pretty tight, but I wouldn't install them without complying with the service bulletin.
Has anyone else added Loctite per the service bulletin? How did it work out? The fit between the VA-146 flange and the bearing is so tight, it's hard to see how the bead of Loctite works its way in between them, but I guess it must wick into place.