Originally posted by g4t2
Joel, there is no reason why the shields should be damaged when you remove them, I've never damaged one before, just make just you are gentle with them and it should be fine.
They are damaged by the time i get them out.LOL Keep in mind that not all shields are teflon material, some are metal others are rubber.
But for all the effort involved with removing and then trying to re-install them i just leave one side off all the time. And clean the bearings when needed. Flush soak dry and oil.