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Old 08-26-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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purchased autozone bearing hub and....

well, got a pleasant surprise. I bought the Timken brand hub assembly, didn't really take a good look before I left the store coz of the wrapping etc, and besides they are 3 blocks away.Anyway, got home and pulled the front wheel hubs off, noting that they were F-A-G brand. When I opened the autozone timken box, what do I find? F-A-G hubs!!! The new hub assy is identical to the one pulled from the car, down to the etchings...Paid 47 bucks apiece for the "timken" hubs, the F-A-G hubs are 120+ most places...
So now timken is distributing F-A-G hubs (or marking them as such)....
The part number is 513125 if anyone is interested.
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:20 PM   #2
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very cool. i need to remember this for the future
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:22 PM   #3
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wait....can you please clarify...you bough the front wheel bearing (w/ integrated hub) at autozone for $47 each???
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:19 AM   #4
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one or more of my wheel bearings is getting noisy. good tip. need to tackle all four. i'll look up autozone's site right now..
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:27 AM   #5
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So f-a-g is good ? Lol
But in all seriousness thank you fo the info I'll be replacing mine soon
Front left small noise
Rear right hungry beeesh sounds
Think I should replace all four ?
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:37 AM   #6
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OK BMA parts has the SKF front bearing/hub for $73.04 each and the rear bearings for $37 each. The rear bearing at autozone is $244.99!!!!
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:16 AM   #7
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Mango, that doesn't sound right. I thought the front hubs would be more expensive than the rear, since in the rear, it's just a bearing.

Anyway, I'm also curious if you know anything about skf...is that another OE maker for our front hubs?
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:50 AM   #8
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My buddy has been telling me that autozone carry all sorts of BMW parts with their oem part number.
I guess ill be looking into more of their inventory.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:18 AM   #9
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SKF is the japanese counterpart of F A G in terms of bearings. Both top shelf brands.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:23 AM   #10
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wait....can you please clarify...you bough the front wheel bearing (w/ integrated hub) at autozone for $47 each???
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:43 AM   #11
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Now that's a deal/steal.
Thanks for sharing the info.
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:49 AM   #12
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:51 AM   #13
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yep i'd think so too dmax. but go look for yourself. BG, i've watched your videos on the wheel bearings. good tips. how are those bearings you installed holding up? how long would you say to do all four? (ballpark) If I order the fronts from Autozone and the rears from bmaparts, i'm looking at about $165
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yep i'd think so too dmax. but go look for yourself. BG, i've watched your videos on the wheel bearings. good tips. how are those bearings you installed holding up? how long would you say to do all four? (ballpark) If I order the fronts from Autozone and the rears from bmaparts, i'm looking at about $165
nice, $165 for all four is a lot cheaper then a single $299 for the rear. =]

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Old 08-27-2012, 11:07 AM   #15
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Timken makes some of the best wheel bearings. I just purchased 2 front ones for my 96 Nissan Sentra. They were about $30 each on RockAuto.com. They had cheaper ones but since I was the one replacing the bearings I didn't want to go cheap and 3 months later have to redo the whole job again. I heard plenty of stories of people buying cheap bearings and having to replace them 3 months later. Sh*tty job even if you got a press for the bearings.
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Mango, maybe you got a price for the bearing in the hub already? Anyway...could be just a typo also...realoem is rarely that far off on pricing...usually it's around dealer cost and about 40% higher than available online.

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Old 08-27-2012, 12:33 PM   #18
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Autozone showed just the bearing. Just relaying what I saw. Don't believe me, check it yourself. I'd get mine from BMA anyway..

i'm curious as to why the rear flange hub is much more than the bearing and the hub for the front...
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I just found out that autozone prices are different depending on the geographic location. The front wheel bearings are $97 each in OK but 47 each in CA
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how you counter this is just use the cheaper zipcode but order online instead
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