Best choice for front wheel bearings

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Best choice for front wheel bearings

Post by WRXish » Sat May 20, 2017 12:40 am

Its been barely a year and I'm going to have to replace front wheel bearings....again. I only want to do this once. What's the best choice for this?

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Re: Best choice for front wheel bearings

Post by Legacy777 » Mon May 22, 2017 6:01 pm

From what I've heard the main issue with the bearings is not necessarily the bearing but how they're installed. Do you add grease, do you not add grease, etc. I don't know all the details, but know it's a contested issue.

In general I like the Japan-made bearings like NSK.
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Re: Best choice for front wheel bearings

Post by WRXish » Mon May 22, 2017 8:23 pm

Thanks josh, picked up fwb at dealer today. 65 bucks roughly. Did not buy hub there, that was 150 for Subie brand part. Wonder how much of a press is needed to press bearing into place. Any idea?

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Re: Best choice for front wheel bearings

Post by Legacy777 » Tue May 23, 2017 5:31 pm

I'm not sure about the press. I've never done it myself. Hopefully someone else can chime in.
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Re: Best choice for front wheel bearings

Post by Alphius » Wed May 24, 2017 6:12 am

I just did front wheel bearings on my wife's Outback, I have a 20-ton hydraulic press. Wouldn't want to do it with much smaller. Felt like it took a good 10-15 tons to press the old bearing shell out.

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Re: Best choice for front wheel bearings

Post by oldscoobyturbo » Wed May 24, 2017 7:48 pm

I change these all the time for many different subaru models. I use 20 ton press too. I use grease to install the new parts together. The most reliable brands are skf, nsk, fag
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