Originally Posted by Bluefoton
True, but it's not as if they were worn out after a few years in a cozy environment - unless I get some of the same format but in rubber...
Sure they were. They Don't wear because of the environment, it's the constant vibration anytime the engine is running and the small amount of rotation from every gear change. Mine were worn enough to see the slop after 18 months of driving from new.
If you replace with oem, make sure you lube then with something tenacious like a tacky lithium grease or heavy packing grease. Bearing grease doesn't have the staying power to hold in place in an open environment.