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Unread 06-14-2013, 01:40 AM   #16
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I carry one spare bearing assembly under my back seat because I know it's about time and I dont want to be out of town when it happens and not be able to find one....and yes, I have the tools in the jeep too. ( it's a zj....we all carry tools !)

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Unread 06-14-2013, 11:40 AM   #17
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I carry one spare bearing assembly under my back seat because I know it's about time and I dont want to be out of town when it happens and not be able to find one....and yes, I have the tools in the jeep too. ( it's a zj....we all carry tools !)
I always carry the same. Had one guy spend $600 on a tow bill cause he broke a hub on a trail.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 11:42 AM   #18
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$600 Ouch ! Did the tow truck guy kiss him ?
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Unread 06-14-2013, 01:28 PM   #19
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We carry the Timken wheel bearings and also the economy ones for your Jeep Grand Cherokee. I have our economy ones in my 97 ZJ, they have been fine. Here's a link to them on our website. Jeep Grand Cherokee Wheel Bearings
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Unread 06-15-2013, 02:08 PM   #20
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Who said I'm running stock? I have a set of 235 Wranglers on Soft 8s with a 2" BB. When I bought this hub I was warned they'd only last a year, so I'm not surprised. Just looking to do it right this time.
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Unread 06-15-2013, 02:38 PM   #21
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I run 235 wranglers on factory 18 year old bearings and have had no problems. I would think any aftermarket bearings should last more than a year unless they're made of aluminum foil or something....


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Unread 06-15-2013, 04:27 PM   #22
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Timken first,
Moog second,
There is no third choice
Towing charges and down time isn't worth the cost savings, my family and my life is worth it.
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Unread 06-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #23
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Timken first,
Moog second,
There is no third choice
Towing charges and down time isn't worth the cost savings, my family and my life is worth it.
Everyone here seems to think Timken is the way to go. Rock Auto has them cheap, so it's probably gonna be Timken through RA.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 09:13 AM   #24
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Awhile back Timken sold part of their bearings division to KOYO....Which makes a good bearing.. So don't be surprised if your Timken hubs show up with KOYO bearings....
Incidentally I bought some budget hubs last year, they came with KOYO's..
Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get til ya bite into one.
Most important thing is properly torqing the hub nut...
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Unread 06-16-2013, 11:01 AM   #25
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If you order the Mopar d35 bearing set it comes with KOYO bearings.
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Unread 06-21-2013, 08:25 AM   #26
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So, I ordered the Timken hubs from Rock Auto. Very happy with their "3-6 day business shipping." Ordered them yesterday, woke up this morning to find them on my front steps. Now I just need to find somebody to put the damn things in and I'm all set.
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Unread 06-21-2013, 08:32 AM   #27
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Now I just need to find somebody to put the damn things in and I'm all set.

DIY! It's not hard!
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Unread 06-21-2013, 10:24 AM   #28
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DIY! It's not hard!
What would I need?
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Unread 06-21-2013, 11:07 AM   #29
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What would I need?
Ratchet set including a 13mm (iirc) socket for your brake calipers (2 bolts) and a half inch 12 point socket for your hub (3 bolts)
A big clamp to slack up your brakes so you can get the calipers off the rotors
A big *** socket to get your axle nut off, can't remember the size
A new cotter pin
Probably some heavy grease, maybe some axle oil and some anti seize lube would be good
Wire brush to clean up where the new bearing goes, maybe some fine sandpaper
Maybe some brake cleaner so you don't inhale brake dust
Probably a torque wrench is a good idea, cheap and disposable at harbor freight

Even if you don't have this stuff, getting it would probably be cheaper than paying someone, and then you get to keep the tools, or just borrow some from the auto parts store.

I'm sure there's a good write up somewhere on here about it

But basically it's just

Loosen lug nuts, raise wheel, remove lugs, remove wheel, remove caliper bolts, clamp calipers and remove calipers, hang calipers so they aren't hanging by the hose, remove the three hub bolts from the back (careful not to hurt the abs wires), if your old hub is rusty and doesn't wanna come out, do this-

http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/unit...tbearing-1.htm

Works great, but I used a long socket instead of a bolt
Remove hub, clean up where the old hub was, put some anti seize around it for next time, install new hub, then do everything in reverse.

Also a good time to check your u joints, ball joints, and clean up/ lube up your brake caliper pistons

I think I got a ZJ factory service manual on my Google drive, I can pm you a link if you need it

Oh and the hub bolts and axle bolt will likely be tough to loosen at first, so might use a breaker bar or pipe to give yourself more leverage.
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Unread 06-21-2013, 11:20 AM   #30
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It's a 36mm socket and the nut needs to be torqued down to 175 ft/lbs.
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