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Unread 07-19-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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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.

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

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...you never, ever, skimp on suspension and tires as they will save your *** when you do something stupid - and .. you *will* do something stupid.
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Rock crawling is a whole 'nother animal. To me, the off-camber low rpm negotiation of lines provides a different type of adrenaline than plowing through mud. It's terrifying at times, but the pride of looking back at what you just climbed over is what is addictive.
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Unread 07-19-2013, 04:30 PM   #2
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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..
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Unread 07-19-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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On all my jeeps I put timken bearings or national. They hold up really well but they cost a little more.
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Unread 07-19-2013, 08:02 PM   #4
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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.
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Unread 07-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #5
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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.
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Unread 07-19-2013, 08:13 PM   #6
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I got both front hub assemblies and they were Timken for $200 shipped from Amazon, look there.
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Unread 07-20-2013, 04:07 PM   #7
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How does one know when hubs are going?
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Unread 07-20-2013, 04:17 PM   #8
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If your wheel wobbles, Jack up the wheel you think is bad, grab it and see if it wiggles
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Unread 07-20-2013, 04:21 PM   #9
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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.
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Unread 07-20-2013, 04:55 PM   #10
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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.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bhoch
...you never, ever, skimp on suspension and tires as they will save your *** when you do something stupid - and .. you *will* do something stupid.
Quote:
Originally Posted by DeansWings
Rock crawling is a whole 'nother animal. To me, the off-camber low rpm negotiation of lines provides a different type of adrenaline than plowing through mud. It's terrifying at times, but the pride of looking back at what you just climbed over is what is addictive.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 07:13 AM   #11
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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!
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Unread 07-26-2013, 08:36 AM   #12
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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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2007 WK Limited, Red Rock Crystal, 3.0L CRD, QD-II. OME HD lift. 255x75x17s. Pinchweld mod. 1.5" Alloy hub-centric spacers. F/R Stillen rotors and pads. 4xG rear diff guard and belly armor. Tuned by Green Diesel.

Quote:
Originally Posted by bhoch
...you never, ever, skimp on suspension and tires as they will save your *** when you do something stupid - and .. you *will* do something stupid.
Quote:
Originally Posted by DeansWings
Rock crawling is a whole 'nother animal. To me, the off-camber low rpm negotiation of lines provides a different type of adrenaline than plowing through mud. It's terrifying at times, but the pride of looking back at what you just climbed over is what is addictive.
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