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You said money is tight so you can get a set of wheel bearings from the auto parts store and still end up saving money.

Funny I just ordered the Marlin kit a few hours ago, but If $$ was a big issue it can be done cheaper. Make sure you have the correct tools; snap ring pliers, 54mm socket, brass drift, etc. It will make your life much easier.
ya i have all of the tools and i do have enough money to order the marlin kit but that will pretty much tap me out. so i was just trying to save a few bucks but the more i think about it the less i want to tear it apart next year and redo it because i went the cheap way
 

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You can go to a junkyard and grab some wheel bearings and races from a ifs toyota, prob free if your yards are anything like ours

Marlin you are paying for a name, short of his eco seals. Marlins and all pros kit are both NOT COMPLETE. They do not come with the split metal ring, or the plates that cover te felts. Trail gears kit does. Trail gears bearings leave somehing to be desired. Your best bang for the buck IMO is to get a trail gear trunion eliminator kit if it can be afforded, as it comes with a knuckle service kit, and an upgrade to boot. Marlins kit may have changed now, but a year ago when I ordred, and dint have those rings, I was PISSED.

If your dead set on a full rebuild kit with wheel bearings, there all prety much he same eveyrwhere, besides trail gears knuckle bearings.
 

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ya i have all of the tools and i do have enough money to order the marlin kit but that will pretty much tap me out. so i was just trying to save a few bucks but the more i think about it the less i want to tear it apart next year and redo it because i went the cheap way
If you get decent quality wheel bearings from the parts store it would be fine. After that the only real difference would be the axle seals, but people have been using the old style seals forever with no problems.


If the budget is that tight I would save the money.
 

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Cheaper isn't always better....You get what you Pay for. Lol
 

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You can go to a junkyard and grab some wheel bearings and races from a ifs toyota, prob free if your yards are anything like ours

Marlin you are paying for a name, short of his eco seals. Marlins and all pros kit are both NOT COMPLETE. They do not come with the split metal ring, or the plates that cover te felts. Trail gears kit does. Trail gears bearings leave somehing to be desired. Your best bang for the buck IMO is to get a trail gear trunion eliminator kit if it can be afforded, as it comes with a knuckle service kit, and an upgrade to boot. Marlins kit may have changed now, but a year ago when I ordred, and dint have those rings, I was PISSED.

If your dead set on a full rebuild kit with wheel bearings, there all prety much he same eveyrwhere, besides trail gears knuckle bearings.
The split rings are reusable unless you somehow managed to ruin yours.
 

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Cheaper isn't always better....You get what you Pay for. Lol

A wheel bearing is a wheel bearing, a gasket is a gasket... to a point... Its not like Marlin sprinkles his with magic dust.
 

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A wheel bearing is a wheel bearing, a gasket is a gasket... to a point... Its not like Marlin sprinkles his with magic dust.
while this may be true i want something that is going to last. my rig right now is more of a pavement pounder that will be seeing quite a bit of miles over the next couple years and the consensus seems to be that marlin holds up a bit better so i think im gonna go with that one. i was hoping that someone has tried the 4wheel parts kit but since no seems to have i probably should go with the tried and true. which seems to be marlins kit. but i do appreciate the input
 

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A wheel bearing is a wheel bearing, a gasket is a gasket... to a point... Its not like Marlin sprinkles his with magic dust.
Lol, if you only knew... You apparently never worked in the auto industry.

The suppliers that marlin uses do not make junk products, there are of course many other companies selling similar "kits" that also use these quality suppliers... It's just easy to say "Marlin"
 

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Lol, if you only knew... You apparently never worked in the auto industry.

The suppliers that marlin uses do not make junk products, there are of course many other companies selling similar "kits" that also use these quality suppliers... It's just easy to say "Marlin"
Totally agree on that. You could piece the genuine OEM brand parts like Koyo bearings, you could just go to the dealer, or just go buy the junk at a local parts store. To each his own. The OP is being told like every other million times that you should be getting OEM quality stuff and that is what Marlin sells. If you are willing to sacrifice the quality so you get the large metal spring which is reuseable, then do it. What is keeping you from getting the Marlin kit and buying the additional springs?

This shit has been beaten to death. Enjoy your Chinese wheel bearings:shaking:
 

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A wheel bearing is a wheel bearing, a gasket is a gasket... to a point... Its not like Marlin sprinkles his with magic dust.
When you get a kit from Marlin, Inchworm, Davez, all the parts are OEM or better quality, and the price is also competitive.

This whole subject has been beat to death for years, and a search would have answered any and all questions.

The moral of the story is don't use no-name unreputable brands of bearings. Use OEM or equivalent, IE, TOYO, Timken, SKS, etc.
 

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Lol, if you only knew... You apparently never worked in the auto industry.

The suppliers that marlin uses do not make junk products, there are of course many other companies selling similar "kits" that also use these quality suppliers... It's just easy to say "Marlin"
When you get a kit from Marlin, Inchworm, Davez, all the parts are OEM or better quality, and the price is also competitive.

This whole subject has been beat to death for years, and a search would have answered any and all questions.

The moral of the story is don't use no-name unreputable brands of bearings. Use OEM or equivalent, IE, TOYO, Timken, SKS, etc.
Thats why I said to a point, AND like I said earlier in the thread I just ordered a kit from Marlin.

My point is if money was an issue it can be done a bit cheaper. You can get quality bearings from other sources. Marlin does not corner the whole bearing market.
 

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I bought the cheaper kit one time. Was driving on the street in Shaver Lake I broke an upper and lower trunion bearings. This in turn screwed up a 30-spline Longfield. Moral of the story, buy the kits with name brand bearings.
 
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