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#1 DUF2

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 07:06 PM

My ‘65 Elf has dry suspension and the rear wheel bearings are ball races, one of which has a bit of play in it

i see later Minis have taper roller bearings. Would I need new hubs if I was to fit taper roller bearings?

or can I simply replace the worn ball race with a taper roller bearing?



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Posted 22 October 2020 - 07:53 PM

Taper roller bearings should fit as they are dimensionally identical Iirc, someone will confirm either way.

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 08:11 PM

As above but only use Timken ones. But I would keep on the ball bearings.



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Posted 22 October 2020 - 08:24 PM

As above but only use Timken ones. But I would keep on the ball bearings.


I agree, keep the car as close as possible to original specifications

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 09:46 PM

I attempted to swap ball for taper bearing last week. But had to give up once I found the inner, inside bearing race stuck to the spindle. I know these can be removed with angle grinding but I was not in a position to perform that, as I have to work in a parking spot of my condo underground parkade.

I will have to take it to shop.

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 07:55 AM

As above but only use Timken ones. But I would keep on the ball bearings.


Or SKF, FAG,... basically any reputable bearing maker.

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 09:35 AM

As above but only use Timken ones. But I would keep on the ball bearings.

Or SKF, FAG,... basically any reputable bearing maker.


I bought an SKF boxed front bearing that was a Timken bearing, I was surprised to say the least

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 10:49 AM

What grease should I use for the bearing? I have a pot of LM grease.

thanks for all your comments. I will use Taper roller bearings as my car is no longer standard 1275 A+ engine, 8.4 vented discs & callipers. So the change from ball to taper roller bearings will not affect the value of the car.



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 11:53 AM

A lot of the time, replacement wheel bearings come with a packet / tube of grease. Tip, do not use bare hands when applying grease to the bearing. Always use Nitrile gloves.

 

This is more down to prevent the moisture off your hands damaging the bearing before you apply grease.

 

LM grease should be fine though.



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 04:39 PM

As above but only use Timken ones. But I would keep on the ball bearings.

Or SKF, FAG,... basically any reputable bearing maker.

I bought an SKF boxed front bearing that was a Timken bearing, I was surprised to say the least

Would instantly ask a replacement from my supplier..

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 05:33 PM

 

 

 

As above but only use Timken ones. But I would keep on the ball bearings.

Or SKF, FAG,... basically any reputable bearing maker.

I bought an SKF boxed front bearing that was a Timken bearing, I was surprised to say the least

Would instantly ask a replacement from my supplier..

 

 

Why when Timken is one of the best ones out there.



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 08:43 PM


As above but only use Timken ones. But I would keep on the ball bearings.

Or SKF, FAG,... basically any reputable bearing maker.
I bought an SKF boxed front bearing that was a Timken bearing, I was surprised to say the least
Would instantly ask a replacement from my supplier..

Why when Timken is one of the best ones out there.
Because you bought an SKF. A supplier that puts one brand bearings in another brands boxes cannot be trusted. Always use a supplier you can trust too many counterfeit bearings out there.

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 09:31 PM

What tickles me here and not arguing against incorrectly boxed bearings, is that SKF although Swedish, they now are consolidating three sites all in China. So here we are on a forum that has so many issues with so called Chinese copy cat items, whether its bearings or whatever, and a major player in the production of high end bearings now operates in China!!!!

 

And then Timken which has been taken over by Koyo which has operations in North America, Europe and then last but not least CHINA. Go figure!!!!

 

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 10:04 PM

Timken has NOT been taken over by Koyo......



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 10:23 PM

What tickles me here and not arguing against incorrectly boxed bearings, is that SKF although Swedish, they now are consolidating three sites all in China. So here we are on a forum that has so many issues with so called Chinese copy cat items, whether its bearings or whatever, and a major player in the production of high end bearings now operates in China!!!!

And then Timken which has been taken over by Koyo which has operations in North America, Europe and then last but not least CHINA. Go figure!!!!

Everyday is a school day.


So? As you said, there is a difference between copycat bearings and genuine bearings.
The place of manufacturing has nill to do with the quality of the bearing and everything with the standards to which a product is produced and what quality control there is. Where do you think all of the high quality powertools like milwaukee and the likes are made? Totally irrelevant to my original point too anyway.




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