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Old 04-29-2013, 07:26 PM   #1
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Meyle wheel bearing ?

Have anybody used Meyle wheel bearing from ECS TUNNING ? How are they compare to other brands.? I'm in Need of front wheel bearing and I was looking at Meyle wheel bearing from ECS.


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Old 04-29-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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Look no further than this...

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...6476_461303_0_

Branded as Timken, but most of the time comes as a F A G unit, which is OEM. Timkens are known for great quality nonetheless

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I went with F A G assembly, no issues. I replaced the factory installed which were SKG
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I installed OEM rear wheel bearings from bmaparts.com

Best price anywhere on the planet @ $37 each. (at least at the time of purchase)

A job I never want to do again...
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:13 AM   #5
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Look no further than this...

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...6476_461303_0_

Branded as Timken, but most of the time comes as a F A G unit, which is OEM. Timkens are known for great quality nonetheless
That seems to be a hit or miss deal, with more misses reported lately. But, it would not hurt to go by the local store, and check the brand of bearings in the hub, if they have them in stock.
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Look no further than this...

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...6476_461303_0_

Branded as Timken, but most of the time comes as a F A G unit, which is OEM. Timkens are known for great quality nonetheless
I did the Autozone Timkens. Tore it all apart this past Saturday, opened the Timken box to find KOYO's inside. Since it was apart, I used them, not real happy with the slight of hand they did, but will give them a try. Worst case, I replace them again in a few months. Lesson learned.
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what car are you driving?I don't think is a good thing...
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I did the Autozone Timkens. Tore it all apart this past Saturday, opened the Timken box to find KOYO's inside. Since it was apart, I used them, not real happy with the slight of hand they did, but will give them a try. Worst case, I replace them again in a few months. Lesson learned.
Nothing wrong with Koyo. They made some of the e39 bearings and make them for pretty much all Japanese cars. Should be plenty reliable, maybe even more reliable than ***
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Nothing wrong with Koyo. They made some of the e39 bearings and make them for pretty much all Japanese cars. Should be plenty reliable, maybe even more reliable than ***
you naughty boy, you. your first censor.

yes but +1 Koyo=good. not everything has to be german, nor is it. The condensers are Nippondenso. Toyota/Honda's largest supplier.
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Will I be needing an enlightenment after this job ? Just asking .


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No, most of us get by without finding our inner peace after doing wheel bearings.

If you meant alignment, that's not necessary either.
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Nothing wrong with Koyo. They made some of the e39 bearings and make them for pretty much all Japanese cars. Should be plenty reliable, maybe even more reliable than ***
Indeed, Japan makes the best bearings (e.g., Koyo, NSK, NTN).
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The factory bearings on my 97 Legacy were Koyo. Just replaced one at 190,000 miles with a Japanese made SFK bearing that actually had Koyo engraved on it.

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Indeed, Japan makes the best bearings (e.g., Koyo, NSK, NTN).
I'm pretty sure it's about bearing standards and ratings and not necessarily country of origin although some good bearings could come out of that country you mention.
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Sure, various load ratings as well as L10 and Ln ratings are published by the major bearing manufacturers. That said, most bearings never reach their L10 life for reasons other than bearing quality (e.g., lubricant contamination, corrosion, faulty installation).

Calibration and replacement of plant machinery is necessary to maintain optimal tolerances of finished products. Equipment at bearing factories takes a beating given the materials used to manufacture them. As such, the best bearings come from the newly opened plants operated by a reputable bearing company (e.g., NTN, SKF, ***) -- virtually all bearings from such a factory during the first month of operation are ABEC 9.

In my experience, the Japanese manufacturers have the most consistent quality control. I've also never heard a bad thing about SKF products. In this particular application, the design and quality of the rubber seals is perhaps more important than the bearing itself.
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