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Default Replacing Wheel bearing assemblies

Having to replace wheel bearing assemblies on my 2003 2500. I'm not sure what "brand" to use. Timken, Precision, SKF, etc.?? what brand comes as OEM?
The ones currently on truck are original and I have 227,000 miles on truck.

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I've tried both the expensive ones and the cheaper ones, both lasted about as long so i just use the cheaper ones now. If yours are original expect a fight to get them out, a good hub bearing puller will go a long way. When you put the new ones in run a little emery cloth around the hub where the bearing goes and coat both sides with no seize, it makes a huge difference the next time they need to come out ie: u-joint replacement.
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I had a 2X4 but replace my front bearings every 80k to 100k. Tried all the good name brands. None lasted longer than the other. I did the upgrade on my 98 to the manual hubs.. best upgrade ever to that truck. Bearings are now $30 bucks instead of $300. And I have yet to replace the bearings on that truck. I'm acutally amazed yours lasted so long. Maybe the 2X4 is weaker. But I could not get a set to last past 100k on the 04.5 and I got 400k on the truck before it's destruction.
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Converted my truck to manual hubs, that and steering box brace should have been first. SKF is the OEM supplier from what I've been told.....good bearings.
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Replaced both front hubs about 8 months apart on an 06 with cheaper units, at the time Timken (which was my preference) seemed to be out of stock on a lot of different sites (2009-10) time frame. But I did have one issue with the pass side abs light (new wire that came with the assembly, took off 4 times and replaced finally with a stock part on a dually model which was kind of a pain.) Driver side was worse getting off, a lot of PB blaster, a bearing puller and large sledge hammer (on knees and hitting from the back of hub to get off). Sounded a lot like a shot gun and shook the entire truck when it finally broke loose. I wouldn't hesitate to use the cheaper ones again, minus the abs wire issue. If I remember correctly they were about $140 each, and the name brands were around or a little over $300.
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