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Best Bearing Brand

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by llibrm, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. Apr 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM
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    llibrm

    llibrm [OP] Well-Known Member

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    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?

    thanks


    :help:
     
  2. Apr 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM
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    bubba353z

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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...
     
  3. Apr 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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    Chipskip

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    2012 Sales: $5.0 billion.
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  4. Apr 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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    Sandman614

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    I ordered Timken front wheel bearings and they were both stamped with Koyo, if that gives you any idea.
     
  5. Apr 3, 2013 at 7:18 PM
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    llibrm

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    So in that case, both are OEM brands. Sweet. Thanks for the info
     
  6. Apr 3, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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    itsakeeper

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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.
     
  7. Apr 3, 2013 at 11:33 PM
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    Keith120286

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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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