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    I've looked into replacing my wheel bearings and the cheapest option online is still about $275 for all 4 corners. Does this sound right? Are these new bearings so technically advanced that the generic $10 wheel bearings had to be replaced with such an expensive option? If anyone knows where to get them cheaper, let me know

  • #2
    Sounds pretty cheap to me.

    I replaced a front bearing earlier in the year and it was $100/ea

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    • #3
      that price is about right, because you cant replace just the bearing anymore.....you have to replace the hub as well, it comes as a pressed together setup. so that price for 4 new bearings is a good price.
      NASA HPDE Instructor

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      • #4
        You know I was wondering about wheel bearing replacment options too... I was kind of confused on the internet... bunch of generic part sites offered many different prices and brands...

        When I did 5lug conversion 2 years ago I got front ichibas and rear used 300zx ones...

        The rears though were God knows how many miles and were humming and bumming and whatever.. so I opted to replace them.. I ended up getting ichiba rears (that I just installed -- car still work in progress) which cost me 200... I was confused and ended up buying just that lol...

        Now I have a spare 5 lug conversion for sale though hehe... but seriously in the future if i wana replace wheel bearings... what are the options... :-/

        Also when I got the front ichibas off of ebay.. (good price at the time), one of the hubs didn't have bearing pressed in... so we did it... so ... that would lead me they can be replaced no?
        "hexa-dodecahedron-triple-threaded-super-eleventy-way-adjustment-spec" dampers. -Def

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        • #5
          I was just baffled after spending less than $20 on my trailer said and done haha. I realize these are different kinds of bearings but either way I was not expecting it. The 2 brands I've seen are timken and beck arnley, the latter being $104 more for all corners. Would there really be a reason for such a price difference?

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          • #6
            i replaced my ichiba bearings with the ones from my 4 lug hubs. cost nothing! just some time and a bit of frustration. but locally the best i could find was $150 for a new rear bearing.

            Most PM answers: F 17X9 +22, R 17X9 +35

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            • #7
              Damn that expensive... 150/each bro? front or rear?
              "hexa-dodecahedron-triple-threaded-super-eleventy-way-adjustment-spec" dampers. -Def

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              • #8
                I just checked www.partsamerica.com online (Advance Auto, Checker's, Schucks, Kragen & CSK) They had the fronts in Beck/Arnley for $53.99 & SKF for $49.99. The rears were Beck/Arnley for $128.99 or SKF for 92.99. So SKF's would be $285.96 for all four but they offer free shipping for orders over $75 so that's your total price.

                The big difference between front and rear is that the front is the bearing only but the rear is the bearing pre-installed in the bearing flange. I haven't checked into it yet but if the rear bearing is a standard industrial part number you could get just the bearing from someone like Bearings Incorporated and have them pressed into your flanges. If someone's got one laying around, wipe the grease off the edge of the bearing an see if there's numbers etched into it. If so, post the numbers and I can research it.
                Don Johnson (really!)
                Just so you know.

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                • #9
                  I bought a front bearing from PartsAmerica.com (quick shipping and didn't blink when I brought the bearing back to Advance Auto for return)

                  Took mine bad hub off and on my car, you can't press the bearings out.

                  96 S14

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                  • #10
                    So the front wheel bearings can't be pressed out? I don't like the sounds of that

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                    • #11
                      I won a beck arnley bearing for my s13 off ebay for $20 shipped....oh yea, im cool.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 98koukile View Post
                        So the front wheel bearings can't be pressed out? I don't like the sounds of that

                        Sure they can! I'm at work tonight but I'll take one apart tomorrow after I take a nap. I'll take pictures for you!
                        Don Johnson (really!)
                        Just so you know.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by djsilver View Post
                          Sure they can! I'm at work tonight but I'll take one apart tomorrow after I take a nap. I'll take pictures for you!
                          It appears that some can, and some cant

                          I can assure you, the hub that was on my car, the bearing could NOT be pressed out. My 20 ton press assures you as well

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                          • #14
                            Damn, well I can try, that would suck if I needed new hubs though

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                            • #15
                              thats why they are expensive because the hubs are included
                              NASA HPDE Instructor

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