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Rear wheel bearing info needed

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I have purchased a complete Dana 44 rear suspension ( used ), that I plan on installing on my SRIII Frame. I have just completed the dis-assembly, and noticed that the rear bearing assembly, look's as though it is non serviceable.

Am I correct in my assumptions, and if so, how does one figure out if the used unit is usable, or must one automatically replace these assemblies when doing a rebuild regardless of it's condition. ?

I really can't see myself completely assembling the vehicle including the rear suspension, only to find out at a later date that the bearing needs replacing

Thank you for the time you will take to address to my concerns.

Stepinwolf
 

gmjunkie

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You are correct they are Replaceable but not Serviceable!!! What do they feel like when you turn them?? Rough,Smooth,Sticky???? There not a bad job to change in the car!! If there still bolted to the Knuckle you can bolt them to a wheel and see if they have any Play in them!! If there smooth and Tight,Don't worry about them!! :upthumbs
 

Hrtbeat1

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Yes the rear wheel bearings are NON serviceable, so are the fronts. The only way I know to check them is to try and tilt the tire/wheel, top to bottom with the car, or at least that corner supported. With the rear end being not installed I don't know if this will work.

The AC Delco bearings have recently had a dramatic price increase, almost doubled the price. One option is to use BCA parts. With the BCA bearings the run about $170 ea for the front and $100 for the rear each.

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If there smooth and Tight,Don't worry about them!! :upthumbs

They are actually quite tight, and ( with some slight force ) they are smooth to turn. I can't feel any slop, or looseness in them.

H/beat, Who is " BCA "

Stepinwolf
 

gmjunkie

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They are actually quite tight, and ( with some slight force ) they are smooth to turn. I can't feel any slop, or looseness in them.

H/beat, Who is " BCA "

Stepinwolf
I wouldn't worry about them then!!!!! BCA is a Co. that makes Bearings and Suspension Parts for the Automotive Industry!! There Good Quality,even some of the manufactures use them!!:upthumbs
 

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