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    Unit Bearings - Timken vs. SKF

    Which do you guys recommend I go with?

    At 195,000km, the Jeep is now screaming for new unit bearings.

    Timken
    • Good quality
    • ~2/3 the cost of the SKF
    • 3-months warranty
    • Specs here

    SKF
    • Good quality
    • Lifetime warranty (but it may only be manufacturer defect?)
    • Specs here

    The Jeep is running 35s and only sees 5,000km/year (on average). Difference comes to ~$50/bearing ($100 total for those bad at math).
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    doesn't matter at 5,000km a year. As long as they are torqued not using a gun you should have very little issue and the even the cheap brands should last 60,000km +. It really comes down to the seals and whether or not you run mud along with proper cleaning after.

    Personally I have the cheapies and when my Jeep was a daily and wheeler would get 2 years or approx 60,000km out of them on 35" tires.
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    I sell both brands! Timken is a great bearing! One of the best brands out there. SKF thinks they are the best and charge the most. In the meantime just about all bearings are now manufactured in China, (sometimes in the same plant!!!) SKF is German engineered and Timken is North American. Personally I'd go with the Timken!

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    Thanks Adrian. I don't like the idea of running the cheapies, even though the low usage doesn't demand high quality.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chevtoy View Post
    SKF is German engineered and Timken is North American. Personally I'd go with the Timken!
    But who doesn't like German engineering?

    Edit: I figure I'm going Timken. They're good quality, and I can't justify the extra money for the SKFs.
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    I ran both on my old TJ. Each lasted about 2 seasons; 5k/yr, hard wheeling, 35's.
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    x4 on the Timkins They come stock on my TJ I now have 115000 and am on my second set and at $160 a piece I wouldn't consider them cheapies I've seen Chinese versions for $60.

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    Not 100% sure but I think Timken is OE. Or at least I've been pulling Timkens out of everything Very happy with em and have heard good things.
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    Yes they are OE

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    I'd be confident with either of those.

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    Timkin's all we run on the trucks here. Company spent big bucks on testing and found that Timkin is the one we are to use. i personally would use either but totally up to you.
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    I went with the Timken. I figured the SKF wasn't 50% better, just 50% more expensive.

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    Re: Unit Bearings - Timken vs. SKF

    I went timken, the guy I got the axles from said he used to eat timken ones constantly on 43s but when he switched to skf he had no more issues. I just couldn't justify the price when one of the skfs died (rather catastrophically and suddenly I may add) I'll see how it goes
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    well I take it back, The Timken bearing installed in may is now dead. I did use the proper torque when installing it. Also when it failed it went from a quiet grinding noise (almost too quiet to hear) to the brake rotor grinding parts of my caliper bracket off in the time it takes to get from bass lake rd. to camp at crystal lake rd & fire access rd.

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