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#2328241 - 07/26/11 09:36 AM Best Hub Assembly
RichardSenn Offline


Registered: 06/09/11
Posts: 85
Loc: Oklahoma
Well this morning I heard a low squeal while driving and it turns out my wheel bearing is going out. Problem is I have to buy the entire hub assembly. GM wants $550 for the OEM part so I plan on going aftermarket. The problem is I don't know anything about the brands.

Anyone know what quality aftermarket hub assembly is. I know cheaper is not always better but I can probably find a high quality hub assembly for half the GM price. I just don't know which one?

Brands I've seen:
Napa
Master Pro
Precision
Proformer
Moog (my perception is this is a quality part, at least all the 16yr old parts counter guys say so, LOL)
Driveworks
BCA


Edited by RichardSenn (07/26/11 09:41 AM)
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#2328251 - 07/26/11 09:49 AM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: RichardSenn]
sm00thpapa Offline


Registered: 07/09/11
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Loc: Spring Hill, FL
I'm hearing the same thing with mines. I was thinking maybe just to repack them with grease.
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#2328262 - 07/26/11 10:07 AM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: RichardSenn]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 14215
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
SKF or Timken.
SKF hubs are made in USA and are considered by many to be the best aftermarket hubs, many Timken are also US made and are of comparable quality but many part #'s are showing up from the the far east. I would check the box before buying Timken.
AZ sells Timken so you can check the box before you buy, if its American made its good quality.

Moog is a Federal-Mogul brand but i have no idea who makes the hub but its probably a rebranded National which i believe also makes BCA, not bad but not SKF or Timken quality.

My money goes to SKF.
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#2328299 - 07/26/11 10:56 AM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: RichardSenn]
Hokiefyd Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
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I bet the NAPA is a re-branded Moog, for whatever that's worth. Many of their house-brand parts are decent quality Moog parts.
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#2328317 - 07/26/11 11:15 AM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: RichardSenn]
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Registered: 06/23/08
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Loc: Minnesota
Napa top line are sourced from SKF. The value line are white box from China.

SKF are made in either US, Mexico, and Korea. Our Napa store group has had good luck with them.

Dave


Edited by bmod305 (07/26/11 11:16 AM)

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#2328323 - 07/26/11 11:21 AM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: RichardSenn]
sm00thpapa Offline


Registered: 07/09/11
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Loc: Spring Hill, FL
Are the driveworks from AAP any good? Pretty good price with discount codes.
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#2328326 - 07/26/11 11:24 AM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: RichardSenn]
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Registered: 02/17/07
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I put a set of National hubs on my truck earlier this year. No problems at all with them but I can't remember where they were made. I got them at Advance, purchased online with one of their discount codes, did two separate transactions, one for each hub and saved about $80.00 on the set IIRC. I picked them up in the local store later that day, they had the parts waiting on the counter for me. I have had absolutely no problems at all with these National hubs.
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#2328329 - 07/26/11 11:27 AM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: bmod305]
RichardSenn Offline


Registered: 06/09/11
Posts: 85
Loc: Oklahoma
Originally Posted By: bmod305
Napa top line are sourced from SKF. The value line are white box from China.

SKF are made in either US, Mexico, and Korea. Our Napa store group has had good luck with them.

Dave


Good to know. I'll probably stick to SKF or the Napa Ultra Premium. I've only seen the SKF on rockauto.com, not sure of any local parts stores that carry them.
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#2328387 - 07/26/11 12:47 PM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: RichardSenn]
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Registered: 09/22/05
Posts: 995
Loc: Cary, NC
I've heard bad things about replacement hubs with bearings made in China. I've never tried them though, since I've only used Timken so far.
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#2328579 - 07/26/11 04:23 PM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: RichardSenn]
nthach Offline


Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 2088
Loc: California
SKF or Timken gets my votes.

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#2328625 - 07/26/11 05:18 PM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: Trav]
dailydriver Offline


Registered: 03/14/06
Posts: 8752
Loc: Bucks County, Pa.
Originally Posted By: Trav
My money goes to SKF.

They make the hub/wheel bearing assembly that LG Motorsports sells to most of the open track/road race Vette owners who corner at almost 2 gs (or more) with sticky Hoosier R6 (or even grippier Dunlop/Goodyear/Hoosier/etc. pure RACING SLICKS) on the front.

I AGREE!! thumbsup

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#2328767 - 07/26/11 07:33 PM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: Oldwolf]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 8187
Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: Oldwolf
I've heard bad things about replacement hubs with bearings made in China. I've never tried them though, since I've only used Timken so far.

Well don't try them on a car you care about. I often hear them growl after 10,000 miles of driving.

Anyway, I only end up getting to install an SKF or Timken unit when one of those pathetic discount units are not available or don't exist for that application.

Some import cars have a Beck/Arnley part that is just a different label on an OE part. Those sound like a smart idea to me.
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#2328773 - 07/26/11 07:41 PM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: RichardSenn]
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Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 1640
Loc: SF Bay Area
according to the Timken rep (and I don't believe everything I hear from sales reps), BCA hub assemblies are made by Timken.
and Moog makes solid parts.. they re-engineer OE issues out of their parts and you do pay a bit more for a Moog part.. but rest assured it'll last.

I've had good luck with GMB hubs as well, although they're 100% chinese made as well as DTA (DriveTech America).

No reason to goto the dealership for this part, unless they're gonna warranty it.
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#2328814 - 07/26/11 08:27 PM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: RichardSenn]
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Registered: 09/05/07
Posts: 903
Loc: wa state
I just used the Dealio code to order up some hub/bearings from AAP for my Neon SRT4. I didnt do any research before purchase, so I hope the Moogs are of good quality
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#2328852 - 07/26/11 09:03 PM Re: Best Hub Assembly [Re: RichardSenn]
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Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 2264
Loc: Texas
$550?!? call the police, and report an attempted robbery!

you should be able to get a Timken from autozone for under $200

+1 for Timken.
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