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Old April 17th, 2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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Wheel Bearings- What brand?

So I'm going to be going through the front end on my 02 D'Max. New wheel bearings, CV's, brakes, etc. My first thought was going to Napa and getting the whole order. Their cheapest wheel bearing/hub is $175. I got to lookng on Rock Auto and they have higher quality (total assumption on my part) Moog/National, SKF, Timken, Raybestos, AC Delco, or their Value Pro brand. Prices range from ~$80 for the Value Pro to ~$250 for the AC Delco. So my question is what brand should I go with and why?

I know to hand torque them and not use an impact
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Old April 17th, 2013, 08:45 AM   #2
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ive always had good luck with timken bearings
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Old April 17th, 2013, 08:48 AM   #3
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Timken. If you go to the dealer and get wheel bearings for your truck, they will come in a blue box that says ac delco and when you look at the bearings, they will say timken. So just save yourself some time and order up some timkens.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 08:58 AM   #4
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I bought USA Alloy shafts and they came with Dana Spicer axle bearings. After thinking I ruined them on the first install, I ran up to Mazzas and bought a Timken axle bearing. Got back home, The bearings were the exact same. Same model # and everything stamped on them.

I've bought Timken before (for bearings) and haven't had a problem... I don't think at least
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Old April 17th, 2013, 03:48 PM   #5
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ive always had good luck with timken bearings
x2 the only ones I would install these days. Never had a problem with them, last time I checked around rockauto.com was the cheapest even with shipping. Last time I ordered 2 different boxes showed up with the exact type bearing, one was marked Timken the other was a moog with the same part #
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Old April 17th, 2013, 03:57 PM   #6
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either get timken. or the no name cheap one. your call.
one is good, one is cheap.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 04:04 PM   #7
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Timken makes a really good wheel hub/bearing. Get them from rock auto as well, love that site
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Old April 17th, 2013, 04:30 PM   #8
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either get timken. or the no name cheap one. your call.
one is good, one is cheap.
Price isn't that important, I just want to make sure I'm buying quality parts. I was hoping some one would chime in and say that the Value Pro was just a rebadged Timken or something. I know that was unrealistic

Looks like I'll be ordering the Timkens, thanks everyone

edit: If anyone cares they are $140 each from RockAuto shipping for $24.97:D
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Old April 17th, 2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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Price isn't that important, I just want to make sure I'm buying quality parts. I was hoping some one would chime in and say that the Value Pro was just a rebadged Timken or something. I know that was unrealistic

Looks like I'll be ordering the Timkens, thanks everyone
if you want quality timken all the way.
the cheapest stuff is no name china import stuff.
much of the re-badged/private label stuff is bca/national
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Old April 17th, 2013, 05:50 PM   #10
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99% sure that napa premiums are timkin. I know they come with a lifetime warrentee and there is a napa on every corner. Iirc napa cheapos are national and they carry a one year warentee. Last time I ordered from rock auto I waited three days for my parts to show up and they were not what I ordered. I have bad luck but it was enough to steer me back to napa premium stuff.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 06:37 PM   #11
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I've used the Nationals & they don't seem to last more than a couple years.
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