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post #1 of 19 Old 08-13-2020, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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What wheel bearings is everyone upgrading or swapping to?

I'm at a dilemma. I need to do (probably all 4 wheel bearings/hubs) on my 08 crd.

I've found several companies but there isn't a clear winner in terms of reviews.

Timken used to be one of the best and we use them on our locomotives at work, however that have since switched production to China.

Detroit axle is made in USA (i spoke with them directly) but they either have 1 or 5 star reviews

Moog(usually USA made) has been one of my favorites for suspension for years and they usually have high quality stuff, however I've read some bad reviews with them.

The only other option might be factory oem(but I've heard they might be timken as well?)

Anyone have any suggestions? Does anyone make a "heavy duty" setup

I am not looking for anything made in China, this is non-negotiable.

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post #2 of 19 Old 08-13-2020, 09:47 AM
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I think this might be my next repair too.

I see SKF mentioned on some other forums too.

My biggest worry is that people with Brand X or Y experience from a few years back could be a different part than what is available today.
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I'm at a dilemma. I need to do (probably all 4 wheel bearings/hubs) on my 08 crd.

I've found several companies but there isn't a clear winner in terms of reviews.

Timken used to be one of the best and we use them on our locomotives at work, however that have since switched production to China.

Detroit axle is made in USA (i spoke with them directly) but they either have 1 or 5 star reviews

Moog(usually USA made) has been one of my favorites for suspension for years and they usually have high quality stuff, however I've read some bad reviews with them.

The only other option might be factory oem(but I've heard they might be timken as well?)

Anyone have any suggestions? Does anyone make a "heavy duty" setup

I am not looking for anything made in China, this is non-negotiable.

Thank you
I've been running WJB economy line from Rock auto without issue. I drive 5-6 mi of bad gravel roads every day and of course -xx degrees in winter.

The first time you do them it's a bit of a pain cause they're corroded on, but a little anti seize on everything makes it an easy job after that.

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Mevotech makes a lifetime warranty one, with a lift and spacers they're never going to last that long...

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I replaced all four with OEM's a few years ago. I do not trust aftermarket as many source from China without quality control oversight on site. Looks shiny and new but metal is low grade and tolerances are 'whatever" based on age of the factory machines.
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On my 2006 Dodge Cummins, OEM is SKF. Purchased SKF from Rockauto way cheaper than dealer. Also cheaper than Napa. SKF is about $170 per front and per rear for your 2008 crd.
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The majority of cheaper bearings out there seem to be made in China. I went with an off brand from China for a great price, but they lasted only 1 year. Since, I've switched to GMB and I am now on 2 years with no issues. I don't expect them to last more than 4-5 years, but maybe they will.



I think your best bet is OEM.

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post #8 of 19 Old 08-17-2020, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone who responded.
Upon my research. This is where I'm further at
Moog is now China
Timken-China
OEM-Korea
SKF-China
Detroit axle the only USA made company...
This is really disturbing now...
I guess I'll give Detroit a shot..

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Thank you everyone who responded.
Upon my research. This is where I'm further at
Moog is now China
Timken-China
OEM-Korea
SKF-China
Detroit axle the only USA made company...
This is really disturbing now...
I guess I'll give Detroit a shot..
Anything but China is good. When China manufacturers contract they ask "how many you want, how much you pay." In general, when any other Country manufactures they ask for specifications and quote a price.

Korea delivers to the makers specifications in both materials and machining.

China has manufacturing plants that are profit centers. When profits count, machines do not get maintained until they break (regardless of tolerances) and the least expensive metals are sourced.
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Thank you everyone who responded.
Upon my research. This is where I'm further at
Moog is now China
Timken-China
OEM-Korea
SKF-China
Detroit axle the only USA made company...
This is really disturbing now...
I guess I'll give Detroit a shot..
WJB?
Mevotech?

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post #11 of 19 Old 08-17-2020, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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[/quote]

WJB?
Mevotech?[/QUOTE]

From every seller I asked, also China.. which sucks because wjb had a "heavy duty" version as well..

The only reason not to go with the OEM is they are like $250 each... I'm not spending $1000 on hubs... Especially at my miles

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post #12 of 19 Old 08-17-2020, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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I made up my mind. I'm going to get the full set with Detroit axle. $151 shipped, 10 year warranty and they have a heavy duty version.

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post #13 of 19 Old 08-18-2020, 06:10 PM
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I think whoever you talked to at Detroit Axle who said they were made in the USA was lying to you. They are or at least were from China 100%....the price alone says that. I've used them before and they were ok, but definitely lower end no name rebranded china parts.
Trust me if they were made in the USA they'd be shouting it from the rooftop on their website...which they aren't.
Then there's this
https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/threads/detroit-axle-wheel-hubs.219796/#post-3415963
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the Mopar OEM ones went about 140k before one failed for me, replaced it with another Mopar rather than playing roulette with another brand. the parts market has really taken a nosedive in the past ten or fifteen years... i've replaced far too many aftermarket parts multiple times to keep trying that myself. i consider my time and the jeep being reliable too valuable to do a job twice in order to maybe save a hundred bucks on a part. others may value their time differently.

everything comes from china these days and what RCS1300 pointed out is spot on - china will build to whatever standard the manufacturer wants, high quality high price, low quality low price, or anywhere in between. you get a ****ty aftermarket part from china? be upset with the vendor - it is what they asked for
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post #15 of 19 Old 08-19-2020, 05:41 AM
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Detroit Axle hubs are what I would use on a vehicle that I was hoping to get a year or two more before it is put out to pasture. You pay 35 bucks for a wheel hub bearing you get a $35 wheel hub bearing.....from China so more like a marked up $15 wheel hub bearing. They are usuable but if you're replacing all four....you'll be replacing one or two of them again within a year or two.
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