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layinitdown 02-04-2004 01:16 PM

Is a bearing a bearing?
I'm gettin the parts together for my new rearend,posi,gears,and of course bearings. Just wondering if all bearings are created equal or is one brand better than another. Local parts shop stocks a brand named SKF (german made). any input would be great. thanks.

302 Z28 02-04-2004 01:20 PM

To put it bluntly, no a bearing is not a bearing. SKF however is a well establish bearing producer of quality bearings. They will more than likely be made in China though. All the major players in the bearing industry have had to go off shore to remain competitive.


TurboS10 02-04-2004 03:37 PM

One of the major differences are the number of rollers or balls used. Some of the cheaper bearing have less and are not as strong.

Chris 02-04-2004 03:59 PM

There are several grades of ball bearings just like there are several grades of bolts, paints, etc., etc. Doesn't make them worse or better, just the right bearing for the right application. You wouldn't want to spend what it costs for a ball bearing on the space shuttle gyro for your wheelbarrow front wheel, and vice versa.

Grades are based on alloys used, # of balls, measurement tollerance (cheaper bearings tollerate larger difference in individual ball sizes than do expensive ones), seal type, etc.

SKF is a good brand and the grade they list for your rear end will do just fine.

layinitdown 02-04-2004 04:43 PM

well thanks alot guys that helps. And vince i found out the're made in mexico :thumbup:

dollybud 02-06-2004 09:41 AM

I agree with the others, SKF are good bearings. I personally like Timken which are manufactured in the US and stamped accordingly. After 35 years With CN Rail in the maintenance department, most railway car wheels are equipped with Timken bearings and their failure rate is lower than any other brand. A good source here in Ontario is Bears, email, or check out for a free cataloque.I'm not plugging this firm, just passing it on as I have found them really helpfull. Hope this helps.:thumbup:

engineguy 02-13-2004 11:29 AM

I'm with d'bud on this one. Timken is a premium bearing and most, if not all of their products are nade in the USA. Bower/BCA and many others have been sourcing their bearings from India, China and other countries and the quality has suffered in most cases.

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