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post #31 of 37 Old 06-26-2013, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Got the passenger side on, possibly doing the driver side tomorrow night if it doesn't rain. Thanks for the help, guys

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post #32 of 37 Old 06-29-2013, 03:19 PM
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Ordered them yesterday, woke up this morning to find them on my front steps.
So Raevyn, what do the boxes say on them as to the Country of Origin on your bearings? After all the talk, I'm curious.

Talking to some Timkin higher-ups (at least in the sales department) it sounds like most Timkin main bearings are still made in the U.S.A. and Canada(?) for now.
During my last job with them, setting up a new warehouse inventory, I looked at almost every box I put on the shelf and found that to be true. The other most represented countries were Belgium, Germany and Japan. I didn't see a single hub from China, Taiwan, Vietnam, or any other similar country.
There were small parts and kits and low-speed bearings from those countries, but all the larger stuff, including the old 4wd wheel bearings (the old LM104949/LM104911, LM501349/LM501310, Set 37, Set 45 etc) were North America or Japan.

So I'm just curious where yours say (or don't say) they're from.
If I'm not mistaken, the law states that if it's not clearly stated on the box, it had better be American Made or else.
We lost an entire container load of PIAA Formula-1 commemorative watches from Japan because the "Made In Japan" label was not visible enough on the individual boxes!
Maybe they had it out for PIAA, maybe it was just luck-of-the-draw, or maybe they're that particular about that kind of stuff.

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post #33 of 37 Old 06-30-2013, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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I don't have the boxes at my house since I can't do any mechanical work here. If I remember I'll look before I scrap the old bearings, as they're in the new box.
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post #34 of 37 Old 06-30-2013, 05:22 PM
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I went cheap o and its been fine. Easy to replace.
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post #35 of 37 Old 06-30-2013, 10:18 PM
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There are some good youtube videos on replacing them while using the "socket trick" to get them off.
ya didnt work for me, i used a crowbar

and the bolts new only ran about 4 bucks from the dealer, id replace them before your snap them.

i went with timken, good brand 3 year warranty. so ill replace it in a year with another or just order one off ebay and replace the passenger.

ps, ebay sells timkens for like 70 or 80

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post #36 of 37 Old 07-01-2013, 07:18 AM
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Probably a dumb question, but when you use the socket trick to pop the hub off, are you supposed to have the engine running so you get the power assistance?
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post #37 of 37 Old 07-02-2013, 12:38 PM
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Probably a dumb question, but when you use the socket trick to pop the hub off, are you supposed to have the engine running so you get the power assistance?
I didn't, but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt as long as you turn the wheel slowly
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