Chinese Bearings...

Pete

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Just had to replace the wheel bearings in my '53 Chebby pickemup... They went south after only 20,000 miles. Pulled them out, and sure as shit, made in China. These bearings came as part of a disc brake kit from Heidt's. The outer bearings rollers and races were full of deep pits and metal.

Went to my local CarQuest to buy some new ones, and all they had were made in Romania... I asked the dude behind the counter if the were any better than the failed Chinese bearings and he just shrugged. :x I bought them anyway because I had to have the truck back on the road the next day.

Time will tell.

Pete
 

Dan Markey

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Oct 12, 2009
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What brand did they sell you? I've had really good luck with TImken...greasing and setting the preload on them correctly will make them last a lifetime.

Dan
 

64 Traveler

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Mar 20, 2010
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Pete said:
Just had to replace the wheel bearings in my '53 Chebby pickemup... They went south after only 20,000 miles. Pulled them out, and sure as shit, made in China. These bearings came as part of a disc brake kit from Heidt's. The outer bearings rollers and races were full of deep pits and metal.

Went to my local CarQuest to buy some new ones, and all they had were made in Romania... I asked the dude behind the counter if the were any better than the failed Chinese bearings and he just shrugged. :x I bought them anyway because I had to have the truck back on the road the next day.

Time will tell.

Pete
Are these the old style ball bearings or tapered roller?
 

Rosati

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Feb 21, 2010
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Even most Timkens are made overseas anymore.
China buys all of our scrap steel so we get it back in "new" parts.
 

Pete

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papas34 said:
I agree Timken are great......why can't you find them for a Chevy?????
I'm sure I could find the Timken version, just didn't have time... I live in a small town and bought what was on hand-

Pete
 

Pete

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64 Traveler said:
Are these the old style ball bearings or tapered roller?
They are tapered roller bearings. I have a Mustang II front end on the truck, with GM rotors and calipers. The original Chinese bearings came with the kit to adapt the GM rotors to the Ford MII spindles.

Pete
 

presvjetli

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Feb 8, 2010
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Ruma Serbia
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Pete said:
64 Traveler said:
Are these the old style ball bearings or tapered roller?
They are tapered roller bearings. I have a Mustang II front end on the truck, with GM rotors and calipers. The original Chinese bearings came with the kit to adapt the GM rotors to the Ford MII spindles.

Pete
In Serbia is planty of Chinese stores with bad goods "made in China". It's enormosly cheap but ...
Europe best bearing factories are:Skf,Fag...
 
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