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What is the consensus on wheel bearings? Any recommended brands? Should I replace both if only one is bad?
 

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Personally i just replace the bad one. I did one on my wifes 2wd 1500 a few years back and the other side is still hanging fine. I did only one on my 12' last month also. The other side was fine so i wasn't spending the money. I went with MOOG. No real answer on longevity for the MOOG yet though.
 

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When I replaced one on my truck I went with SKF from RockAuto. I only replaced the bad one. That was 50K miles ago.
 

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I went with skf. OE quality. Plenty of cheap ones out there, JMO.
Regarding doing both? How many miles? If close to expected life-cycle of 150-200k miles then I'd do both. If a random lower mile failure, I'd just fix the bad one.
 

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I have 57,000 miles
 

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Ive also had good luck with moog. I put on two timkens and both were loose out of the box but the moogs have all been tight.
 

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I have 57,000 miles
And this is why when i hear oem quality i just got to wonder. Its all too common to hear of premature failures of the OEM bearings. There are so many factors that can contribute though. My bearing that i recently had to change had 77k miles, 72k of that on 37" tires. It was not horribly loose but it was loose enough it warranted a change. The other side is tight as can be and still holding strong to that 37" tire. I think any quality (term used loosely) bearing be it, OEM, Timken, SKF, or Moog should offer many miles of good service.
 

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My driver's side went at about 58k miles. OEM parts were 2 weeks away so I used Napa parts. The passenger side was still silent but had a bit more movement than I like so I did them both.
 

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Make sure you use a good marine grease between the bearing and the axle before you bolt the new one on. Will help you later to disassemble it down the road. Don't use anti-sieze.
Why not antiseize? Think it will wash out or corrode up quicker? Serious question, because I use anti seize like butter on biscuits on everything I don't want to rust up. Including this application^ My originals didn't come off too hard at 10 years old (but I have a puller we fabbed for removing unit bearings) but they should slide off like sht thru a goose for the next person!
 
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