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- February 6, 2017 at 9:32 am #44616
- What has anyone noticed about the brand of wheelbearings and the manufacturer’s country of origin?
— J.February 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm #44630
John E DaviesParticipant@john-e-davies
This is an interesting question, and my answer is, how well do you maintain your wheel bearings? If you are religious about keeping them clean and lubed, then a $15 bearing set will probably be fine.
If you often venture far from help, you might want to upgrade your bearings by picking a long established name brand like SKF or Timken, but don’t reduce the maintenance. Way, WAY more bearings fail from pure neglect than from any quality issue.
You can often buy higher quality bearings at a local bearing supply house that are not much more expensive than cheap no-name bearings at a regular retail store.
An infrared tenp gun is your friend when it comes to keeping an eye on the condition of your hubs. A warm bearing is an unhappy bearing and it should be inspected ASAP, before it turns into shrapnel….
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Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.February 8, 2017 at 11:43 pm #44727
Thank you John.
Still seeking detail:
- What supplier does Dexter use for their wheelbearings and races?
- Has Oliver spec’d out American made only country of origin for Dexter to use?
Probably will be another question for the Jason shake out. Look out the Knack is coming!
We have a fellow church member, Jeremy who works for a bearing packaging plant in Crossville we consulted last Sunday.
Jeremy said the Chinese are generally marked Chinese but other countries products aren’t necessarily stamped.
It really does matter for this most critical hub temperature tolerance be followed.
It seems from the articles we can’t trust the Swedish, SKF. Turns out they farm theirs out to cheapy out countries like India.
- I wonder if Timken produces USA only?
We will be purchasing wheelbearings and races for the umbrella syndrome and the proper specified (not whatever is handy on the shelf) grease in case a repacking is necessary.
- Anyone had their hubs apart yet and notice the markings?
We definitely will be bringing the proper grease as we travel and try to locate replacements that are USA only as soon as they can be determined so we have them… just in case we need them on the road.
Thanks, P corresponding secretary for J.February 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm #44728
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Dexter Axle GreaseFebruary 9, 2017 at 3:58 pm #44754
I don’t think where they’re made matters, but if it’s important to you, why not give a call to Dexter or Oliver and then let us know what they say?
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford RaptorFebruary 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm #44758
If you really don’t care where the bearings are made, then no further communication with you on the subject should be necessary.
~JFebruary 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm #44760
If you really don’t care where the bearings are made, then no further communication with you on the subject should be necessary. ~J
Geesh. Touchy. It’s not anything I care about, but if you do, then maybe someone else does too. I’m sure they’d appreciate the info.
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford RaptorFebruary 9, 2017 at 6:52 pm #44764
However would suggest that you never touch a bearing or hub with the bare hand. An infrared thermometer, no matter where it might made, is better than a third degree burn…
1 user thanked author for this post.February 10, 2017 at 4:08 am #44778
Keep checking related thread:
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