I'm betting Bob's right on track about static bearings and lube just like the blowout gang is correct about "exercising" tires
. Use it or lose it seems to apply to more than muscles and flush toilets. I'm thinking seriously about returning the Chicom bearing sets to Eastern Marine, trading for the Timkens and getting rid of the Ruskies next spring. I'm getting a kit together against the day: bearing packer and a race and seal driver set from Amazon and found a chunk of 1 1/4" bronze shafting in my junk. Anybody think it's necessary to throw the races in the freezer to make setting them easier?