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#4464444 - 07/19/17 10:39 PM what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings?
tomcat27 Offline


Registered: 06/25/09
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Loc: Chicago, IL
most of the bearing brands look foreign to me...
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#4464450 - 07/19/17 10:48 PM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
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The whole bike is foreign unless it is a Harley then parts are foreign. You could probably have a bearing house match them up with some "high end" bearings
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#4464452 - 07/19/17 10:52 PM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
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let me rephrase my comment: I'm not saying that the bearings are foreign-made( which they all likely are), I'm saying that I have never heard of the brands. "all-balls", "moose racing", etc.


Edited by tomcat27 (07/19/17 10:53 PM)
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#4464456 - 07/19/17 10:55 PM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
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i use the "all balls" in my honda. they've been great. or just order OEM parts.
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#4464460 - 07/19/17 11:00 PM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
ArcticDriver Offline


Registered: 01/27/17
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Timken and SKF are excellent bearing manufacturers.
Many Timkens are still US made but not all.

AllBalls are of lesser quality and priced accordingly.
Manufactured in China & India.
I was recently researching AllBall Racing for some steering head bearings.
I could not find any reports of failure.
They are quite popular due to their lower pricing.

Ofcourse, proper maintenance and frequent grease is key.
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#4464468 - 07/19/17 11:11 PM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
tomcat27 Offline


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cost is no object. I'm replacing them for a friend on his Suzuki. he had both front and rear replaced around 40k by the dealer. the rears failed 1k later while on a long trip. the fronts are now failing with 15k on them.
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#4464487 - 07/19/17 11:52 PM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
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Registered: 07/19/17
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koyo. Counterfeit bearings are a big problem. You may be getting fakes from ebay etc.

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#4464490 - 07/19/17 11:58 PM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
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Which Suzuki? All Balls are ok, but nothing special.

I'm using Worldwide ceramic bearings in my Suzuki's engine/transmission and wheels.

If the bearings installed by the Dealer failed that soon, I'd say they were installed by someone that has no business installing bearings.

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#4464546 - 07/20/17 05:03 AM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
ArcticDriver Offline


Registered: 01/27/17
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Originally Posted By: tomcat27
cost is no object. I'm replacing them for a friend on his Suzuki. he had both front and rear replaced around 40k by the dealer. the rears failed 1k later while on a long trip. the fronts are now failing with 15k on them.


Dealers are supposed to use their own branded parts, right? And those are typically of good quality.

Look for an underlying issue.

If the bike is going to eat wheel bearings that quick then go with cheap AllBallRacing until you sort it out.

I have also read about "knock-offs" on fleabay but I don't know how much of that is proven with evidence. maybe thats with Timkens or SKF that bring a premium price. I doubt anyone is pirating AllBalls Racing grin
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#4464572 - 07/20/17 06:08 AM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
DB_Cooper Offline


Registered: 10/01/07
Posts: 401
Loc: Ga
I have good service out of Nachi bearings..still made in Japan..very good quality..OEM for Honda and others.


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#4464679 - 07/20/17 08:49 AM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
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Loc: Chicago, IL
I like bought Nachi last time, but would have gotten NTN, SKF, [censored], NSK as well. I like them made in Japan if possible.

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#4464697 - 07/20/17 09:02 AM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: EdwardC]
kschachn Offline


Registered: 12/26/05
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Loc: Upper Midwest
Originally Posted By: EdwardC
I like bought Nachi last time, but would have gotten NTN, SKF, [censored], NSK as well. I like them made in Japan if possible.

Lol, every time that German bearing company is mentioned it is censored wink

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#4464698 - 07/20/17 09:02 AM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
Panzerman Offline


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If your really worried about quality. Stock OEM is usually your best bet. I have found stock OEM parts last the longest but are just overpriced.
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#4464722 - 07/20/17 09:25 AM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: tomcat27]
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Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Originally Posted By: tomcat27
cost is no object. I'm replacing them for a friend on his Suzuki. he had both front and rear replaced around 40k by the dealer. the rears failed 1k later while on a long trip. the fronts are now failing with 15k on them.


Sounds like high pressure car wash hose or S100 and a garden hose failure, seen it 100 times. The seals are not made to keep water under pressure out so it blows some water in and the bearings fail a short time later. The S100 and similar motorcycle total cleaners cut the grease between the axle and seal and wicks under with the same effect.
I put over 240K Km on one Honda on the originals most of it at over 160 KPH and almost the same on 2 others with not problems. Go with OE, SKF, NSK, F.A.G. or Koyo bearings. Converting the head bearings from ball to tapered rollerss was one of the first things I did also.
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#4465022 - 07/20/17 02:28 PM Re: what is a good brand of motorcycle wheel bearings? [Re: ArcticDriver]
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Registered: 01/11/08
Posts: 196
Loc: FL
Originally Posted By: ArcticDriver
Originally Posted By: tomcat27
cost is no object. I'm replacing them for a friend on his Suzuki. he had both front and rear replaced around 40k by the dealer. the rears failed 1k later while on a long trip. the fronts are now failing with 15k on them.


Dealers are supposed to use their own branded parts, right? And those are typically of good quality.

Look for an underlying issue.

If the bike is going to eat wheel bearings that quick then go with cheap AllBallRacing until you sort it out.

I have also read about "knock-offs" on fleabay but I don't know how much of that is proven with evidence. maybe thats with Timkens or SKF that bring a premium price. I doubt anyone is pirating AllBalls Racing grin



No if your bike is going to eat wheel bearings you find out why . Most likely the inner spacers are installed improperly .
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