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Offline Borderline

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rear wheel bearings - any upgrades?
« on: August 27, 2020, 04:40:48 pm »
First the good news - after months of fiddling with the rear suspension of a standard A500, I've finally eliminated the annoying clonk from the rear suspension (probably due to a combination of Powerflex bushes in the crossbeam [pfr16-510] and new rubber isolators for the tops of the springs [Fiat Part No 46843237] - but I also added 20mm shorter springs but at standard compression and rebound rate [AH Motorsport].

Now all I can hear is the usual dashboard creaks and sizzles  :-\ AND the apparently never-ending whirring sound of yet another cheap Fiat wheel bearing about to give up the ghost. Does anyone know of an upgraded part, or whether particular manufacturers make a more durable one? I see FAG and SKF offer at least a two year warranty for theirs. I'm getting tired of the bearings being replaced at every annual service! Advice appreciated guys  :thumb:

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    Offline shadyracer

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    Re: rear wheel bearings - any upgrades?
    « Reply #1 on: August 27, 2020, 10:39:52 pm »
    Ive used Fag rear bearings and have no complaints. Just make sure rear brakes arent binding, this is usually also to blame for worn bearings as well as high mileage and schumacher as a surname lol..
    Glad you solved the knocking issue, thanks for sharing. :thumb:

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    Re: rear wheel bearings - any upgrades?
    « Reply #2 on: August 30, 2020, 12:30:48 pm »
    A family member was an engineer for SKF and when I've ever rebuilt something or needed a bearing I use them, world leader and second to none in my opinion. When you pull the bearing send the codes or whole bearing to a company that specialises in bearing supply and they'll spec you one that's the right size wise but also if you tell them you want the "highest" spec and its application you'll get the very best part for the job.

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    Re: rear wheel bearings - any upgrades?
    « Reply #3 on: August 31, 2020, 11:38:55 am »
    Thanks for the tips guys, much appreciated :thumb:  SKF as a top brand has stuck in my mind for decades, since a gap-year job in a car parts department - the boss wouldn't allow any other make of bearing through the door!

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    Re: rear wheel bearings - any upgrades?
    « Reply #4 on: August 31, 2020, 01:27:24 pm »
    shadyracer - I thought you could not replace just the bearings, you had to do the full hub

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    Re: rear wheel bearings - any upgrades?
    « Reply #5 on: September 01, 2020, 01:34:46 am »
    You're correct, only available aftermarket as complete hub assembly for rear bearings, fronts are simpler press in type bearing but more labour intensive to replace than rears.

    Offline Chooch

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    Re: rear wheel bearings - any upgrades?
    « Reply #6 on: September 01, 2020, 11:01:47 pm »
    They've got SKF integrated bearing hubs and front bearings on Autodoc so that might be a useful as well  :thumb:

     

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