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#837288 - Wed Mar 21 2012 03:49 PM Wheel Bearing Opinions  
NathanPlemons  Offline
New Guy
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 21
KY
I have seen that several sites now seem to offer new style roller bearings instead of the old style ball bearings. They cost more, is there any real practical benefit?



#837299 - Wed Mar 21 2012 04:07 PM Re: Wheel Bearing Opinions [Re: NathanPlemons]  
Flxible  Offline
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not unless you want to switch to disc brakes, you may even find the bearings on yours are the ones it came from the factory with

Bill


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#837344 - Wed Mar 21 2012 07:30 PM Re: Wheel Bearing Opinions [Re: Flxible]  
Wrenchbender Ret.  Offline
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Lenexa Ks.
The ball brgs are fine as long as you grease them properly. If you need to replace most or all the brgs then you could go to the rollers. Like Red says if you switch to discs you should change to thr rollers.


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#837351 - Wed Mar 21 2012 07:48 PM Re: Wheel Bearing Opinions [Re: NathanPlemons]  
NathanPlemons  Offline
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KY
Well I know that the bearings that are on it are not original, but they are the original style. I did a really really bone headed thing the other day and kinda screwed up the outer bearings. The bearings themselves and the races are still intact but I really should replace them. Was curious if I should go with the new style. Looks like there isn't much point, the old style has worked this long, why change it if it works right?


#837372 - Wed Mar 21 2012 08:58 PM Re: Wheel Bearing Opinions [Re: NathanPlemons]  
Flxible  Offline
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the ball bearings work fine and are readily available at parts stores

Bill


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"When we tug a single thing on an old truck, we find it falls off" ~ me
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#837381 - Wed Mar 21 2012 09:44 PM Re: Wheel Bearing Opinions [Re: Flxible]  
Wally / Montana  Offline
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A long time ago, someone in the bearing industry said on this forum that ball bearings, because of less contact area, can run cooler naturally that roller bearings and that they were perfectly fine in our trucks.

I suspect that the industry went to rollers because it's cheaper to make them. It's got to be easier and cheaper to make a uniform rod (and chop it up) than to make perfect metal balls one at a time. But that's just my guess.


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#837399 - Wed Mar 21 2012 10:53 PM Re: Wheel Bearing Opinions [Re: Wally / Montana]  
GMCpanel  Offline
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Springfield, MO
I don't know if they've switched, but at least until recently BMW was still using ball bearings.


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#837401 - Wed Mar 21 2012 10:55 PM Re: Wheel Bearing Opinions [Re: GMCpanel]  
Mr. Lang  Offline
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Brentwood Bay, BC Canada
My model T has taper roller bearings.... Hahahaha. I think they're all good, with cleaning and grease.


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#837467 - Thu Mar 22 2012 01:31 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Opinions [Re: Mr. Lang]  
rustednuts  Offline
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Kingston, WA
In my opinion, I believe the tapered roller bearings are essentially a dumbed down version. They are very simple to adjust and even when not adjusted properly (within reason) they still seem to work without destroying the bearing and races.

My experience with ball bearings is that they have a specific torque value rather than 'spin the wheel and tighten' with typical tapered roller bearings. Ball bearings not adjusted properly seem a bit more capable of self destructing and fairly quickly at that.

Jeff


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#837504 - Thu Mar 22 2012 02:43 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Opinions [Re: rustednuts]  
LONGBOX55  Offline
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Something to consider, virtually ALL modern vehicles use ball bearings at least in the front, with FWD cars using the on all 4 wheels.


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