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Are Timkens really the only ones worth buying?

so i need to buy new wheel bearings.....the timkens are a lot more that cheap ones you can buy....and the timkens only have a 1 year warranty......what do you guys think about these ones.....im even thinking about just sending mine in and getting another one of the ones i just broke.....what do you think?

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Go with Timken. They last much longer.
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there are a lot of good brands. dont let everyone make you think timken is the only one worth buying
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ya i know they will last longer.....but i beat the **** out of mine...with going in mud and deep water ect, and having 2 inch wheel spacers and every thing else.....its like even tho they are timken they will most likely fail over time....and if it is more than a year then im out another 370 bucks.....and if i get cheap lifetime warranty ones then i might have to replace hem every 6 months....but it only costs me like $20 in shipping each time.....so in reality i would have to send in my lifetime warranty ones about 10-12 times to justify buying the timken ones.....and at a rate of 2 sets a year....thats like 5 years worth of wheel bearing before it would be cheaper to buy the timkin ones....and that is only if they last more that 5 years.....plus im thinking i should be SAS"d in less than 5 years......but is 300 bucks worth putting my life in danger if another ones falls apart like my last one....if that happened in a worse place i could have easily died....idk what to do.....
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Sounds like you have answered your own question. Personally, I wouldn't cheap out on a part this important. Most of the time the adage "you get what you pay for" holds true.

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So the part broke on you before and yet you still might buy it again?

Really?

Ditch the wheel spacers and you might have better luck with the cheap parts.
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well i just spend 352.22 on timkens from rockauto....sweet...and i like the wheel spacers.....plus i dont get whats the difference between 15x10's with 4 inch backspace (6 inches sticking out off the hub) and having 15x8's with 4 inch BS and 2 inch wheel spacers (6 inches off the hub)....
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I wouldn't cheap out on a part this important.
There's the perfect answer! Don't go cheap on steering, suspension or brakes!
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i have timkens axle seals and bearings
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Sounds like you have answered your own question. Personally, I wouldn't cheap out on a part this important. Most of the time the adage "you get what you pay for" holds true.
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So the part broke on you before and yet you still might buy it again?

Really?

Ditch the wheel spacers and you might have better luck with the cheap parts.
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word to the wise: jumping your truck can take out brand new OEM Timken's....I know from experience. LOL.
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well thats good to know....lol......ill have to get the jumping bugs out of me sometime in the first year....lol.....and ive jumped mine pretty hard before.....maybe that was why all the old ones failed?....i never payed attention to if they failed closely after jumping it tho....lol
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I found out very recently that I needed new bearings in my truck. This was shortly after reading about yours and someone else on RF's breaking and you guys messing up your trucks. Reading that alone makes me think it's worth spending the extra coin on the better quality part. I couldn't imagine how I would feel about it if that had happened to me.
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i've always bought the cheaps one at auto zone,so far one has lasted 2years and the other side has been on there about 4months,of cousre i don't do that hard core of off roading
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trust me dont cheap out, timkens are worth the money for sure i have them and they do the job fine. chinese parts arent worth the box they are shipped in. and when putting all that extra stress on your hubs dont be suprised if they fail man. they are stock not heavy duty.
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well can i get heavy duty ones?
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