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    Wheel bearings

    Folks,

    What is the brand of choice for front wheel bearings?
    I am thinking Timken.

    Thanks.
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    Re: Wheel bearings

    Timken has/had specs for them on their site (don't ask me for the link). However, no problem with just buying them from Moss.
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    Re: Wheel bearings

    Neither Moss or Victoria British sell Timken bearings for a 3000.
    Moss stocks FAG inners and SKS outers.
    Victoria British stocks GHB inners and PTC outers,

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    Re: Wheel bearings

    Tom's Import Toys sells WB kits including bearings, seal and grease. Tom is a Moss distributor and gives 15% off Moss parts--I don't know if that applies to the kit or not--but I bought a couple and thought the price was more than reasonable. IIRC the bearings were SKS. NFI.

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    Re: Wheel bearings

    Back in the 1980s, I went to a local bearing shop and provided the original bearings and seals for front and rear wheels along with the differential. They took all and provided me with an exact match for all which has been installed ever since. Although I can't tell you the manufacturer of the bearings or seals, the price of each unit was 1/3 less then the prices being charged by Moss.

    If I ever need a bearing and/or seals, my first move will be to find a local bearing shop and ask them to find a proper match. My confidence in their knowledge and experience relating to bearings is much higher then I have for Moss or most of the parts houses dealing with Healey parts.

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    Re: Wheel bearings

    Ray has related what I consider to be the right approach. Local bearing shops don't exist because they sell junk. They usually exist because they service alot of industry besides the local auto industry. They may sell different brands and they may discribe one brand as cheaper or lesser than another but they will usually tell you the differences. If you want the best just tell them you want the best. Bearing are very specific and their tolerances are very specific. If you have existing bearings and you take them to a local bearing shop and tell them you want quality replacements, they surely can provide.
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