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Anyone have their wheel bearings life cut DRAMATICALLY short after 35 inch tires ?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by 05BDS, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Jul 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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    92dlxman

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    do you guys with failed bearings cross a lot of water? I want bigger tires and am aware that I need spacers or different rims but absolutely will not do it if its gunna wreak havoc on wheel bearings.

    maybe those of us living in "constant drought" conditions can expect better life?
     
  2. Jul 16, 2013 at 7:37 PM
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    I'm not saying that you aren't willing to live with the problem. I'm just saying that the larger tires and spacers will drastically shorten the Normal Life Span ( which should be measured in years, not months ) of those bearings and seals.
     
  3. Jul 16, 2013 at 7:55 PM
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  4. Jul 16, 2013 at 9:31 PM
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    I think there are two major factors for wheel bearing failure in these trucks.

    A) Alignment. If you have a lot of toe in or are out of whack there will be more consistent side load on the bearing contributing to early failure.

    B) Contamination. Water, mud, etc. They aren't sealed very well. Taking a nice hot hub and giving it a mudbath will draw water into it...Have you ever noticed the 2wd guys hardly have failed bearings? They don't have CV's...

    I also noticed the factory bearings have very little grease on them. There is AIR space in there. It's not that the amount of grease is insufficient to lubricate the bearings, just that it's insufficient to seal the bearings from the elements. Kind of a shitty design imo.
     
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