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Lets talk about bearings. Chinese to be more precise.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SCOOBYDANNN, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. SCOOBYDANNN

    SCOOBYDANNN 1/2 ton status

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    I needed a rebuild kit for my NP 205.

    I gathered information on who sells the entire kit and procede to call. I call the ones that were on the lower end of the price scale. they all use china bearings. negatory there ghost rider.

    I end up going with a company that is tried and true for me. orderd lots of parts, never had a single problem. even asked a friend if it was worth the extra $50 to order again even though it was more--he said "heck yea, I orderd a rebuild form them and it was all timmkin and SK bearings.

    So I order it and recieved it today.

    What do we have here-------------Chinese bearings.

    Now I didn't do a whole lot of research but everything I have seen is Chinese bearings suck---why, i dont know---i need someone to enlighten me if its true.

    Now the ??'s


    The bearings i got are called "Nachi Bearings"

    Are chinese bearings really that bad and if they are---why?


    how do they compare to the Timmkins and SK bearings and other USA made bearings.

    I really don't want to send these back as i already waited 2 weeks. I know I should have asked but should i just run with these????????
     
  2. randy88k5

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    I know I've heard of the brand before, I just cant place it. Im pretty sure it came in one of my axle rebuild kits...

    FYI, Ive ordered a few tcase rebuild kits from Rockland Standard Gear, http://www.rsgear.com/ , and their quality and service was great. Just an option.
     
  3. vr1967

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    I changed out the bearings on my 14 bolt FF a few months ago. I got the Timkens (2 sets from 2 diff places) and neither set fit the rear spindle well. Had HUGE amounts of play. Went to the local Carquest and he handed me a box with their brand name on it. They were "Made in China" but I said what the heck. Turns out, they fit WAY better (no play) Have a few thousand miles on them now with no problems. A friend is the owner of the CarQuest and said the Chinese bearings seem to be alot better than they used to be. Also said he'd replace them if I wasn't happy, or had problems in the next 6 months or so.
    I was always a Timken or SKF fan, but now, I may be more easily persuaded.
     
  4. atho

    atho 1/2 ton status

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    thats funny, i thought carquest bearings were supplied by federal mogul. maybe they've outsourced?
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Big difference between Chinese made anything versus Japanese made...

    Rene
     
  7. MNorby

    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    in my unit bearings on the front of my dodge Ineeded to replace both sides. The only ones in stock was 1 US built and 1 China/Jap whatever, cant rememebr name. US was like $210 and other was $190. Only have like 6 month on them but am curious to see how they go.
     
  8. 1977k5

    1977k5 3/4 ton status Vendor

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    Yep, when I rebuilt my 205 I couldn't find anything but Nachi bearings. I was assured by a very reputable supplier (they mostly deal with big rigs etc.) that they were high quality bearings. If they had not told me they were ok I would not have run them. I have always run Timken and nothing else. I guess there is really no way to tell if they are high quality or not, but I have no complaints.
     
  9. SCOOBYDANNN

    SCOOBYDANNN 1/2 ton status

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    I got mine from a reputable dealer also but was just kinda thrown off by the "japanese" name (i didn't realize this till goldwing pointed it out.)

    aww funk it- im gonna run with these unless someone points out the negative.
     
  10. diesel4me

    diesel4me 1 ton status Premium Member

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    All are "foriegn" now pretty much..

    When I worked the parts counters,we sold Bower-BCA or Timken,SKF,and a few other brands like L&S (some mechanics called them "loose and sloppy" brand!)...but nearly every box,no matter who's name was on it,had a "Point of Origin" stamped on it,and the name of the country it was produced in was stamped in the white box next to it..very few said
    "Made In USA" ...

    I saw many bearings from Pakistan(yipe!) Istanbul,Spain,China,Japan,India,and a few countries I cant spell or pronounce!..:eek1:

    I think if your wanting 100% american made roller bearings,you'll have to start your own factory..I don't see many "made in USA" stamps on the bearing boxes anymore,or any other parts for that matter...

    I put 4 bearings in a riding mowers blade spindles not long ago--when I went to the parts store,they said "BCA bearings are 16 bucks and change,EACH!---
    When I told them "forget it,I'll go to Auto-Zone,they can order them for 6 bucks each!",they said "OH!--you want the CHEEP ones??--we can get "Auto-Value" brand ones for $4.25 each!"...so I ordered them!--so far,they are still spinning fine,despite saying "China" on them..:rolleyes:

    My brother has a theory--he says even the Chinese need good tools and parts,and has had decent luck with many "China" tools and parts--I doubt everything they make is crap,or they wouldn't be able to build anything in their own country with it!--whether there is two different assembly lines for stuff headed to the USA,and stuff staying IN China,is a mystery though..I will say my "China" ball pein hammer and 3 ton floor jack I bought at a flea market 16 years ago are holding up remarkably well..maybe I'm just lucky though...:crazy:
     
  11. goldwing2000

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    The only bad luck I've had with Chinese bearings was on a set of 12-bolt axle bearings.
    The bearing race was just a flat piece of tubular metal with a couple snap rings holding the bearings in. They crapped out in a pretty short time and I replaced them with Timkens that actually have a u-shaped channel for the rollers.

    That was more of a design flaw than a manufacturing issue but it still soured me a bit.
     

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