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Old 04-02-2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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Best Bearing Brand

So finally at 122k, I need to change the front wheel bearings. Doing a bit of research, it looks as though SKF is the OEM manufacturer. I was thinkig about using Timken bearings though. They are about the same price point so that is not the issue. I by no means am going to hit up the local autozone or what have ya for a $20 unit. Im looking on RockAuto and they seem to be half of what the local stealership wants.

So...

SKF or Timken?

More importantly--- WHY?

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Old 04-02-2013, 05:11 PM   #2
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Timken used to be made in the USA - they had a plant here in Columbus. Not sure where they are made now...
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Timken used to be made in the USA - they had a plant here in Columbus. Not sure where they are made now...
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I ordered Timken front wheel bearings and they were both stamped with Koyo, if that gives you any idea.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:18 PM   #5
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I ordered Timken front wheel bearings and they were both stamped with Koyo, if that gives you any idea.
So in that case, both are OEM brands. Sweet. Thanks for the info
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Both are good brands and if they are outsourcing I would imagine they are made to spec for either of them. It's the offshore brands you never heard of I would be wary of.
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I work for the railroad. All of the bearings I see on railcar wheelsets are Timken. Has to be good stuff if they use it on a 130 ton loaded railcar.
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