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JeepinShep 07-19-2013 04:00 PM

Front Hub Bearing Assembly recommendations?
Pretty sure I'm going to be shopping for a set of front hub bearings shortly. 95k and they appear to have given up over the last couple of weeks. :(

Question to the forum: What brand(s) are good and recommended, and what should I stay away from? I want best bang for the buck, while avoiding stuff that'll leave me watching my wheels roll away 6 months from now. :confused:

eBay has 'something' for $50/ea
JCWhitney has 'em no name $75/ea..
Quadratec has 'em "OEM replacement" $130/ea
Timken has what some that appear to be great in writeup (lighter, stiffer, stronger), but sales documents do not reality make.. and they're $140/ea
And Omix-ADA has some for $215/ea

sebastien 07-19-2013 05:30 PM

The place I took it to replaced my wheel bearing with junk one (parts master) had to replace it 3 or 4 times (for free) , finally upgraded to an OEM from the dearlership and has been fine since..

giulio17 07-19-2013 05:58 PM

On all my jeeps I put timken bearings or national. They hold up really well but they cost a little more.

BAH101 07-19-2013 09:02 PM

Well, as they say, you get what you pay for. A great man once said to me (my dad), "There is nothing more expensive than cheap tools". This also applies to parts.

My opinion, if you want to keep your Jeep for a long time, buy quality...if you're just trying to get it by, maybe looking to upgrade the item later due to lack of funds, or you are thinking of selling, buy the cheaper quality.

tjkj2002 07-19-2013 09:11 PM

Timkin or SKF bearings are about the best options out there,may cost a little more but worth it.Granted Timkin now has been transfering there operations oversea's so they can be made in china now but SKF bearings are generally made in germany or japan so not low quaility stuff.

Billybcpt 07-19-2013 09:13 PM

I got both front hub assemblies and they were Timken for $200 shipped from Amazon, look there.

blizzboy283 07-20-2013 05:07 PM

How does one know when hubs are going?

sebastien 07-20-2013 05:17 PM

If your wheel wobbles, Jack up the wheel you think is bad, grab it and see if it wiggles

Billybcpt 07-20-2013 05:21 PM

It makes obvious grinding type noise when you turn and put weight on that hub assembly. Though some mechanics will say whatever side you hear the noise on then it's the opposite hub assembly that needs to be replaced.

JeepinShep 07-20-2013 05:55 PM

I'm going to replace both - though at the moment there's no wobble just from hand-pressure on the wheel. Watching videos and reading diagnostic guides has pretty much convinced me they're going bad.

JKM 07-22-2013 08:13 AM

RockAuto has the Timken units for $120 each. I installed Timken hubs when one of them started to make noise. I replaced both fronts as once one starts going, the other one is probably not far behind it!

JeepinShep 07-26-2013 09:36 AM

Turns out, after an afternoon spent with a friendly mechanic, that it's probably NOT my wheel bearings after all. I have some excessive slop in the CV joint end of my front drive shaft. now I'm looking for a good driveline shop to build me a DC/DC shaft so I can a) service all parts in the future and b) have a slightly more dependable unit to handle the additional off roading I plan on doing.

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