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Aftermarket or OEM Wheel Bearings

Fellow 3rd Gen-ers.

I am very suspicious that my wheel bearings are beginning to go bad (or already are). All the noises are there and the truck has 218k on it with a decent amount of that being towing, not a ton of off roading but a bit.

My question, should I go with OEM bearings to replace the originals. I am usually willing to shell out for OEM parts but these bearings are PRICEY. Is anyone who cares to input running aftermarket bearings that they think can stand up to some abuse?

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Wheel bearings

I replaced mine with Detroit axle bearings 1/2 the prince 5k miles ago no issues ... inexpensive they are easy to swap out so if they crap out sooner than the pricey OEM bearings did 89k I can always upgrade..!

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Fellow 3rd Gen-ers.



I am very suspicious that my wheel bearings are beginning to go bad (or already are). All the noises are there and the truck has 218k on it with a decent amount of that being towing, not a ton of off roading but a bit.



My question, should I go with OEM bearings to replace the originals. I am usually willing to shell out for OEM parts but these bearings are PRICEY. Is anyone who cares to input running aftermarket bearings that they think can stand up to some abuse?



Looking forwards to your replies!
I mostly go either OEM or OEM mfg as they are the same part. I am not sure who the OEM Mfg are for the front wheel bearings. However, I can guarantee you several of our fellow members can answer that question for you. Along with others using A/M bearings as well..

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These Koyo Bearings are equivalent to OEM and are a little more affordable. Amazon.com: Koyo Wheel Bearing: Automotive
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When I did my axle, I ordered SKF bearings knowing SKF a quality Japanese supplier and quite possibly the OEM supplier.
When I got them they were labled "Nachi Japan" (which is good) but they seemed a little loose -- in fact, they had more play in them than the bearings I had removed. So I figured I had to bite the bullet and order OEM Toyota bearings for more than twice the cost.
When the Toyota bearings arrived, they were also marked "Nachi Japan", and fealt exactly the same as the SKF. I sent the Toyota bearings back and installed the SKF.
I guess I was just being too anal about the feel and looseness.
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I've had Napa install Koyo bearings from their "altrom" line. High quality and half the price of SKF brand.

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These Koyo Bearings are equivalent to OEM and are a little more affordable. Amazon.com: Koyo Wheel Bearing: Automotive
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So new topic, what about the oil seals and other O-rings that are also pressed into the hub and around the axle? Should any of that be replaced while they are in there for good measure? Are any of these also likely to be worn out?

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So new topic, what about the oil seals and other O-rings that are also pressed into the hub and around the axle? Should any of that be replaced while they are in there for good measure? Are any of these also likely to be worn out?

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You should replace all the related seals and c-clips.

If you're going to do this job yourself, I have 3 videos that will help you out. Use our Upper Balljoint Replacement video to learn how to get the knuckle off the rig and back on. Use our Manual Hub Swap Part 2 video to learn how to accomplish the press work. All the tools and parts links are the in the Manual Hub Swap Part 1 so you'll need that one as well.







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I put Koyo bearings on my rig and have no complaints.
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I bought the Timken Kit29 from RockAuto for $63ish a piece. They were marked Koyo and were the exact same as the one's that I took out of my '99.

Almost bought the Koyo ones off Amazon just to be safe, but since I've never had a problem with Timken bearings ended up buying them and saving ~$30. When I opened the Timken branded box to find Koyo bearings, I was glad I made that purchase.
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I got rear axle bearings (OEM) on a hilux 1990 diesel and the same shop did rear axle bearings on a Hiace van with Koyo (japanese) on the same day. The shop owner showed me the difference after the installation. The backing plate on the Hilux axle spun freely while the backing plate on Hiace axle spun bit tight. Prior to the installation toyota bearing was bit loose but Koyo was play free.

Even Koyo is toyota's supplier, Koyo must make these bearings according to toyota's specifications. Koyo cannot make bearings on those specifications. Just like Toyota denso alternators lasts 200K miles without any service while Denso alternators on Honda's lasts 100K.
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