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    1. Member Yak Meat's Avatar
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      03-27-2012 11:05 AM #1
      OEM or Aftermarket?

      Any suggestions

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      or OEM which is 2 times more expensive.
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      03-27-2012 11:11 AM #2
      OK YAK, Im an uncertified expert in wheel bearings. Ive swapped 4 sets out in 60k miles, off the front. Thus far my current OEM bearings have been installedfor 35k without a hitch. Ive gotten bearings from Autozone/ Aftermarket ECS... NOTHING has been proven more effective then my OEMs.

      Get them from 1stvwparts.com or parts.com for a "discount" Do NOT buy them from ECS.

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      03-27-2012 11:34 AM #3
      thanks for the heads up. Ordered!
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      03-27-2012 11:57 AM #4
      I generally put 30k on the R a year. So within my first 60 k i had gone thru 3 or 4 sets, i lost track. My current set of bearings have 35k on them as i did them just before i did my timing chains 30k ago I have 154 on the R.

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      03-27-2012 12:30 PM #5
      im at 96k on oem bearings lol. i have a set of the ones in the kit from german autoparts. $40 each waiting to put them in soon
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      03-27-2012 05:20 PM #6
      I have nearly 130,000 on the original set?
      You guys think I need a new set??
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      03-27-2012 08:51 PM #7
      I just bought two new OEM rear wheel bearing kits from 1stvwparts. They set me back $89.30 per kit. IMO they are well worth the money over aftermarket ones, my current wheel bearings have lasted me 134,000 miles. My front wheel bearings are the original ones and still in good shape.

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      04-01-2012 10:32 AM #8
      Fun Fact - an Audi/VW mechanic who is very very reputable told me today that the OEM bearings on the R32 are not the ones that ECS says, its actually the *** bearings which came from the factory.

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    9. 05-03-2012 05:51 AM #9
      hmm .. How Do I now if it's a front or a rear bearing that needs to be changed ? The car is noisy turning right so its the drivers side but front or rear ?

    10. 05-03-2012 06:48 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Firewired1 View Post
      hmm .. How Do I now if it's a front or a rear bearing that needs to be changed ? The car is noisy turning right so its the drivers side but front or rear ?
      Jack the car up and get hold of the wheel pulling it from left to right and then also top to bottom towards you. If there is any movement replace the wheel bearing. You might find that it is the drop links on the anti rollbar that are vibrating or a CV joint.
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      05-03-2012 07:30 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Slapbladder View Post
      Jack the car up and get hold of the wheel pulling it from left to right and then also top to bottom towards you. If there is any movement replace the wheel bearing. You might find that it is the drop links on the anti rollbar that are vibrating or a CV joint.
      Normally this works, in my case it did not. It was just a vibration and noise thing for me, but instantly knew it was the front passenger side...
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    12. 05-03-2012 07:47 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Yak Meat View Post
      Normally this works, in my case it did not. It was just a vibration and noise thing for me, but instantly knew it was the front passenger side...
      a few times you will find its also the rear opposite side due to resonance in the car carrying the noise....
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      05-03-2012 09:24 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by rajuncajun37 View Post
      I have nearly 130,000 on the original set?
      You guys think I need a new set??
      I just have bad luck. if its not broke don't fix it unless you wanna do a refresh, but frankly for what you'd pay in labor if u pay a shop, wait till they go bad. Unless you have those Self help shops on base.

      Like on FT Hood, if you wanna do a job on your car, there is a "garage/shop" with lifts and tools that allow soldiers to reserve the time, go in work on them and get assistance when/if needed.

      if you want to tackle the job urself you can look into this for a next to nothing cost.

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      05-03-2012 09:58 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Slapbladder View Post
      Jack the car up and get hold of the wheel pulling it from left to right and then also top to bottom towards you. If there is any movement replace the wheel bearing. You might find that it is the drop links on the anti rollbar that are vibrating or a CV joint.
      just did this test a few months ago and all 4 are still good. I am at 110,000 still on same bearings from factory.

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      05-03-2012 06:39 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by r32dub88 View Post
      just did this test a few months ago and all 4 are still good. I am at 110,000 still on same bearings from factory.
      thats a good thing. A bearing can go bad for carious reasons. I bought the car with bad front bearings as it had 2 previous owners. So i have no idea what the issue was. Also purchased auto zone bearings and found those to be faulty, hence going through a few sets. You either have good luck, or ur car wasn't ****ed up

    16. 12-19-2013 01:11 PM #16
      This thread helped me out alot thanks

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      12-19-2013 01:52 PM #17
      I have about 15k on a Meyle wheelbearing that I swapped in when I had to remove the rear hub. Works fine, no complaints. That said, next time I do one I will spend the extra $50 and get OEM.

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      12-19-2013 02:02 PM #18
      I've seen tons of wheel bearings stamped with VW and F A G. Ran handfuls of different F A G bearings without issue.
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      12-22-2013 11:41 AM #19
      102k on mine and they're now giving signs of failure. I thought it was tires since I don't drive the car much but it's dependent on speed and with a quick flip of the steering the sounds diminish from one side to the other.
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      12-22-2013 01:00 PM #20
      It's worth it IMO to replace the hub if your going to do the bearing. Especially if your replacing the bearing yourself. I tried the rent a tool and while pressing the bearing back in warped the Hub. This is a labor intensive job...Right tool right job. After the hub got out of wack I ended up paying a shop to do it. $515 for bearing and hub. Good luck with it! just stick with OEM and wherever or whoever does it make sure its done right!
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      12-23-2013 12:17 PM #21
      I've had good luck with Meyle hubs.
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      12-23-2013 02:47 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by rich65vwbus View Post
      It's worth it IMO to replace the hub if your going to do the bearing. Especially if your replacing the bearing yourself. I tried the rent a tool and while pressing the bearing back in warped the Hub. This is a labor intensive job...Right tool right job. After the hub got out of wack I ended up paying a shop to do it. $515 for bearing and hub. Good luck with it! just stick with OEM and wherever or whoever does it make sure its done right!
      I took my entire rear trailing arm off and put it in a shop press to press the old bearing out, new one in and to press the hub. It sucked having to bleed the brakes but overall it was easier than trying to improvise a way to remove the old bearing without a bearing puller.

      Be careful with putting the new hub in because you only get one shot. If it goes in crooked or something, you can't pull it out and try again because you'll destroy the wheel bearing in the process. Grease everything too - molykote or something similar.

      You can reuse the hub if you can separate the inner bearing race from it - usually that likes to get stuck on the hub. +1 for Meyle hubs.

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      12-23-2013 03:21 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by rich65vwbus View Post
      It's worth it IMO to replace the hub if your going to do the bearing. Especially if your replacing the bearing yourself. I tried the rent a tool and while pressing the bearing back in warped the Hub. This is a labor intensive job...Right tool right job. After the hub got out of wack I ended up paying a shop to do it. $515 for bearing and hub. Good luck with it! just stick with OEM and wherever or whoever does it make sure its done right!
      No need to replace hub if bearing is replaced properly. I ordered ES#1306825 from ECS Tuning and it makes pressing the bearing and hub in very quick and safe. You do need to be careful though. The hubs can be pushed out fairly easily with a socket and hammer.


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      12-24-2013 10:13 AM #24
      Just go buy a bearing puller/press from harbor Freight foir 89 bucks. They are great for anything like that and ur friends will love u.

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      I put in Meyle hubs and I think *** bearings when I put on my spindles. We will see how long they last.
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      12-31-2013 12:42 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Nash_TDI View Post
      I put in Meyle hubs and I think *** bearings when I put on my spindles. We will see how long they last.
      So far, my *** bearings have lasted about 30k

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      Just realized it edits out F** lol.

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