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    South Korean Timken Unit Bearings

    Looking to get "Made in USA" products, I made sure to order Timken as I could find no info on line that indicated manufacture in other countries (I know, how naive). Ordered from Rock Auto and got (guess what) TM HA590482 Unit Bearings made in South Korea. How disappointing. Could have ordered Moog (and several others) for half the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeB-JKURX View Post
    Looking to get "Made in USA" products, I made sure to order Timken as I could find no info on line that indicated manufacture in other countries (I know, how naive). Ordered from Rock Auto and got (guess what) TM HA590482 Unit Bearings made in South Korea. How disappointing. Could have ordered Moog (and several others) for half the price.
    Most bearings are made in Korea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeB-JKURX View Post
    Looking to get "Made in USA" products, I made sure to order Timken as I could find no info on line that indicated manufacture in other countries (I know, how naive). Ordered from Rock Auto and got (guess what) TM HA590482 Unit Bearings made in South Korea. How disappointing. Could have ordered Moog (and several others) for half the price.
    IIRC, previously there was a thread on this. With some of them being made in USA and some being outsourced. I would assume (and hope) that any outsourcing done by Timken would still result in manufacturing consistent with their engineering and their standards. They've always manufactured quality products.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    IIRC, previously there was a thread on this. With some of them being made in USA and some being outsourced. I would assume (and hope) that any outsourcing done by Timken would still result in manufacturing consistent with their engineering and their standards. They've always manufactured quality products.
    Timken still commands a premium. Koyo bearings used in most Japanese cars are available with Master Install Kits from several sellers of R&P gears at a significant discount to Timken. By all accounts these (Japanese made?) gears are excellent quality. I'd still buy Timken if "Made in USA".

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeB-JKURX View Post
    Timken still commands a premium. Koyo bearings used in most Japanese cars are available with Master Install Kits from several sellers of R&P gears at a significant discount to Timken. By all accounts these (Japanese made?) gears are excellent quality. I'd still buy Timken if "Made in USA".
    Koyo is Japanese made (or at least used to be). Great quality bearings. Not sure it they make unit bearings though.
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    Not sure how much Timkens are, but can get factory hubs here for $143 a pop. That’s what I went with when I did mine. Wire will be long enough and you won’t have problems with the plug being different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeruGE*144 View Post
    Not sure how much Timkens are, but can get factory hubs here for $143 a pop. That’s what I went with when I did mine. Wire will be long enough and you won’t have problems with the plug being different.

    https://www.cdjrmoparparts.com/oem-p...CABEgKJlPD_BwE

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    Timkens from Rock Auto were $103 each with free shipping and no tax. As I'd mentioned, I was disappointed to see that the Timkens were made in South Korea. Looking at the paperwork with the bearings, it appears that Timken no longer even makes the Unit Bearings but rather distributes parts "carefully chosen from select manufacturers". Koyo, indeed, makes no claim (that I can find) to Unit Bearings with their brand.

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    At least it’s South Korea.


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    In industrial applications there has been lots of information of counterfeit bearings coming in from overseas. The best defense is knowledge and only dealing with reputable dealers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillypete View Post
    In industrial applications there has been lots of information of counterfeit bearings coming in from overseas. The best defense is knowledge and only dealing with reputable dealers.
    Good info on the packaging. These (the Timken Unit Bearings from Rock Auto) have the packaging as shown for the genuine parts. That makes me feel a little better.

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