definately take the front wheel off and inspect the bearings, axle, seals, brake pads, calipers.
put your finger inside the rim and manually spin the bearing with your finger. you shouldn't feel any grit or play. Inspect the front axle, it should have a light coat of grease on it and no signs of the the bearing wearing on the axle. (it should be completely smooth) if a bearing starts to go bad it will start to spin quite a bit on the axle. inspect the seals.
i've seen folks put wheels on without cleaning the grit and old grease from all the mating surfaces, seals etc. (this will cause bearing failure and a ton of noise in short order) i use wd-40 sprayed on a clean shop towel to clean all the old grease and grit off the axles, spacers, seals, inner bearing surfaces, mating fork and swing arm surfaces. (do not spray the wd-40 directly on the bearings just the shop towel and use it to wipe the surfaces only) apply fresh grease to the axles and dust seals, then reassembly.
power washing or car washes i'd be careful not to blow water past the dust seal into the axle and bearings. (also keep high pressure away from the radiator)
take the brake pads off and inspect for even wear and to insure nothing is imbedded into the pad material. i personally have had a small piece of metal in one of mine. looked like it came that way in the pad? wtf
ebc pads on my 061krr made a squealing noice that drove me nuts, finally went back to oem pads.
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