What to do to make Floating Hub ride smooth

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popawheelie

Finally riding a big boys bike
I've got a Stewart-Warner Floating Hub which I have cleaned meticulously, repacked with grease and put back together. It rides as if there were no grease in it at all. The Bearings look good, but the races are a little fishy. I can't afford to send the hub to a machinist to have them perfectly shaped, so what other thing should I do?
I've bought two other Floating hubs on peoples' suggestions, and they all have the same grinding/rough-riding problem.
Temptation says to use a round grinding head on a die grinder……..but doing it by hand just can't be good enough…..right??
Has anyone fixed this problem with their own Floating Hub?
Mike Siddons
 

fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
I have 4 of these hubs same only one has good races. I believe they are of poor quality and without regular maintenance, they pit. Just ride as I do until some one repops them. A lot of noisy Floaters out there...
 

Sped Man

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I am glad I saw your thread. I almost made the mistake of buying one. Given the fact they are expensive to buy I would hate to have one ride worse than what I currently have. I didn't know this was a common problem.
 

fat tire trader

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I have heard of people packing the cups with valve grinding compound instead of grease and riding until the cups are smooth. I have never tried it...
 
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