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    This is a discussion on Longevity of A/M bearings for the Dart within the Dodge Dart Suspension - Chassis forums, part of the Dodge Dart Garage - The Mopar Zone category; Been lucky I guess, as in 7 Darts with between 25 and 130,000kms I have only changed 1 rear bearing so far. I went straight ...

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      Longevity of A/M bearings for the Dart

      Been lucky I guess, as in 7 Darts with between 25 and 130,000kms I have only changed 1 rear bearing so far. I went straight to Moog because that is the brand I've come to trust over the past 25 years for bearing/ ball joints ect.

      110,000kms on the wife's pumpkin Dart and it would seem that at least one of the bearings is starting to make noise. I would go straight to Moog again, specially seeing how the OEM seem to have the most issues., but searching rockauto I found this;https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...306003&jsn=470

      Kicker is, Mevotech is one of the reasons way back when, that I ended up going to Moog Exclusively!

      The part I found interesting is that they are greasable. Is that enough to give them a try?

      So wondering; Out of the members who have changed their bearings and used after market (Not OEM!) have any had to change that bearing again, and if so, what brand?

      I could switch that around and say it this way as well;

      All members who have used after market bearing in their Darts;

      What brand did you use, and how well have they done?
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      My OEM bearings lasted to about 25k miles. I switched them out with MOOG and am at 51k now without any signs of noise.
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      Looking at the pics, I don't see where they are greaseable. If you can get grease in somehow, then it sort of also means grease can get out. It's not something you want to be doing every 20k miles either.
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      Quote Originally Posted by alpinegreenneon View Post
      Looking at the pics, I don't see where they are greaseable. If you can get grease in somehow, then it sort of also means grease can get out. It's not something you want to be doing every 20k miles either.
      I didn't see any grease zerks either, but assumed they would have to have one because no other way to grease a sealed bearing. lol

      Reason for possible interest was reading some members who said grease was all dried up when they changed bearings.

      Moog +1, greasable zero so far...……..
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      I'd say if you were up for the experiment just for the heck of it, then sure go for it. But personally I'd go Moog as well. You'll likely never have to do it again. The extra few bucks is worth it.
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      Go with a brand you trust, its easier piece of mind. The bearings on the dart are assemblies and not press in so it makes it a bit easier.

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      Quote Originally Posted by PoisonIvy View Post
      I'd say if you were up for the experiment just for the heck of it, then sure go for it. But personally I'd go Moog as well. You'll likely never have to do it again. The extra few bucks is worth it.
      Cpl things to add here;

      Moog use to be lifetime warranty, which was another reason I have gone with them all of these years. When I started looking into this, Moog is now 3 years I believe, while the Mevotech Supreme are lifetime.

      I have a parts guy looking into this as we speak. IF there is a grease zerk on the Mevotech bearings, which would allow me to use a very high quality Full synthetic grease in them, I am thinking of changing all 4 on the wifes pumpkin Dart and see how well they do. Experiment, as you say.

      As far as maintenance, I believe in proper tire rotation, so greasing the bearings while wheels are off is easy peasy.
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      I had a rear start making noise @65k miles and replaced it with a Timken and no issues for about 10k. My tech recommended them said they're probably the best out there.
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      Quote Originally Posted by King David View Post
      I had a rear start making noise @65k miles and replaced it with a Timken and no issues for about 10k. My tech recommended them said they're probably the best out there.
      I haven't heard anything bad about Timken bearings. Still a lot that swear by them.

      Interesting reading their description, says they are built lighter to remove reciprocating mass for less unsprung weight and better performance/ fuel eco, among other things.

      Would be interesting to know just how much lighter they are...…..
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      It used to be that hub flange that holds the lugs was the same thickness throughout. Now all the manufacturers of bearings/hubs only have the thicker part around the lug holes. Not sure how that holds up with autocrossing? Back in the day, Neon ACRs had even thicker hub flanges.
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