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4X4 front hubs or just bearings?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by garyods, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. Dec 10, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    garyods [OP] Member

    Apr 26, 2008
    Roseville CA
    05 DC SB SR5 4X4
    air bags rear
    I'm going to have my front brakes done and I'm also going to have the bearings replaced (145K miles on her). I've found SKF bearings for $100 ea and Timkens for $64 ea, but by the time I buy the seals (in and out) and have them pressed in I'm wondering if the factory front hub assembly for $157 isn't a better way to go.

    Part of this question is the perceived quality of the factory bearings compared to SKF or Timkens.

    I'm not doing this myself so I'm sure there will be a labor savings with a hub replacement too.

    I welcome your thoughts on this. Thanx

    ** Update ** Just got back from the dealership and the hub is $220 AND DOESN'T INCLUDE BEARINGS, OR SEALS.

    While I was there I saw that there is an o'ring between the inner seal and the bearing pack in the factory setup.

    Has anyone had experience with aftermarket bearings and seals? The 2 bearings I'm looking at are the SKF FW194 and the Timkens BM500007. Toyota uses different seals for the inner and outer seals, but the aftermarket seals I'm finding only use one - thoughts?

    Thanx again for your time and thoughts.
  2. Dec 10, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    May 8, 2008
    First Name:
    Tenoe, AZ
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    For the price and ease, I would go with the complete OEM assembly.

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