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post #16 of 25 Old 12-21-2011, 12:53 PM
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Replaced my front hubs with timkens from autozone back in august, no fitment issues, but the driver side needs to be replaced again. Only lasted a few months...

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post #17 of 25 Old 12-21-2011, 01:04 PM
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I see the point precisely mate. But attempting to buy "made in the USA" anymore is damn near impossible at times. My reference was to the fact that there is little difference between the countries mentioned, cheap labor wise. Slovakia is a cheap labor country, thus the fact they have made stuff for a long time is, well, irrelevant IMHO
It is a terrible shame that "US companies" relocate plants to 3rd world #%$holes to save a few bucks. Funny thing is though, I never see the retail price of the foreign made junk go down....
If we ever get a government with a pair of balls, introducing an extra tax on the import of such items may slow it down a little IMO.

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Replaced my front hubs with timkens from autozone back in august, no fitment issues, but the driver side needs to be replaced again. Only lasted a few months...
properly torqued the axle shaft nut to 175ftlbs didn't you?

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All I was trying to say is that most of these countries build things for the USA to spec and are very capable of doing so. It's that the specs given are trash. I have been to Slovakia when it was part of the Czech republic and it's not a 3rd world country, it's just really small. I find it funny when people talk crap about China, as they are running around all day with their Iphone or Ipod, just to get home to surf the net on their computer or to watch TV. China is a great place to make things people work 6 days a week for 16-20 hours a day dirt cheap. The government is not about to tax itself. The very same people that run the slave shops in these 3rd world #%$holes are the ones that put things on the teleprompter for your president to read you the public.


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I see the point precisely mate. But attempting to buy "made in the USA" anymore is damn near impossible at times. My reference was to the fact that there is little difference between the countries mentioned, cheap labor wise. Slovakia is a cheap labor country, thus the fact they have made stuff for a long time is, well, irrelevant IMHO
It is a terrible shame that "US companies" relocate plants to 3rd world #%$holes to save a few bucks. Funny thing is though, I never see the retail price of the foreign made junk go down....
If we ever get a government with a pair of balls, introducing an extra tax on the import of such items may slow it down a little IMO.

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It's that the specs given are trash.


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Replaced my front hubs with timkens from autozone back in august, no fitment issues, but the driver side needs to be replaced again. Only lasted a few months...
Good thing they have a lifetime warranty!
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Good thing they have a lifetime warranty!
Nope, not here anyway. The duralast hubs had like a 90 day warrnaty and the timken units only have a 1 yr. Oreillys has the masterpro for a year and the precision for 3 yrs. If they were a lifetime warranty I wouldnt care its a fairly simple swap. I just think its weird they went out so fast. The guy at the counter says its because of the bigger tires, but the factory hub lasted about a year and half. The timken only lasted like 3 or 4 months.
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Wow, thats not cool. The only reason i buy timkens are for their lifetime warranty. I get them from car parts warehouse. I expect them to wear out faster because of the large tires and the amount of backpacking compared to stock, but if I didn't get the lifetime warranty i would just get the 1yr bearings and warranty them every 6 months.
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Nope, not here anyway. The duralast hubs had like a 90 day warrnaty and the timken units only have a 1 yr. Oreillys has the masterpro for a year and the precision for 3 yrs. If they were a lifetime warranty I wouldnt care its a fairly simple swap. I just think its weird they went out so fast. The guy at the counter says its because of the bigger tires, but the factory hub lasted about a year and half. The timken only lasted like 3 or 4 months.
Mine have held up fine so far,as many others with oversized tires. May have been a defect.

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Wow, thats not cool. The only reason i buy timkens are for their lifetime warranty. I get them from car parts warehouse. I expect them to wear out faster because of the large tires and the amount of backpacking compared to stock, but if I didn't get the lifetime warranty i would just get the 1yr bearings and warranty them every 6 months.
Same here man I expect quicker wear due to the larger tire and what we put them through, but 4 months is not what I was expecting. What's car parts warehouse?? Online retailer or walk in parts store?? I kinda like to be able to go and pick up my part when it needs replacing instead of having to ship it and wait for another to be shipped to me.

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Mine have held up fine so far,as many others with oversized tires. May have been a defect.
Same thing I was told from the guy at the counter. I mean I've used timken before and I'm not trying to bash on their quality. As far as I'm concerned they still make quality products and I just hope I got a bad one that made it past quality control.
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post #25 of 25 Old 12-22-2011, 03:42 AM
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Car parts warehouse is just a local parts store. There not as big as AutoZone, orileys's, or advanced. But they aren't small time either. I agree, 4 months isn't long at all for a timken bearing. Ill bet it was just a bad part, it happens from time to time. Also, im sure you already know this, but both axle nut and bolt torque are critical for bearing life. Also knuckle cleanliness.
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