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Old 12-05-2005, 01:32 PM   #1
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The dealership has these kick ass wheel bearing press (amde by subaru but sold by a 3rd party) that can pull and press with the knuckle on the car. I was going to get a generic one. Anyone ever buy one?

Here an expensive example. Does anyone use these? Do you guys know if we have "solid" bearings or tapered bearings? I know what the bearings look like but don't know the bearing lingo.

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Old 12-06-2005, 12:13 AM   #2
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Yes they are awesome. Everyone here always talks about the press and all that and making marks to keep camber bolts to where they're at. The wheel bearing presser kit (some call it a VW kit), makes thing soooo much easier.

Subaru uses the OTC brand. You can get a set at the near 1/3 of the cost your looking at if you shop around.

Most Subarus use tapered roller bearings. Some of rear wheel bearings were ball bearing however (eg: low-end Impreza/Forester models more commonly).

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Old 12-06-2005, 09:25 AM   #3
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Thanks that was good info. I searched for OTC though and found some good stuff but nothing that was 1/3 the price. Their whole kit was also ~300. Got links?

Also are these going to work just fine on the rear? I have some motorsport buds taht will love to borrow this thing for their fronts but I only need it for the rear because the 05 front hubs bolt on.

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Old 12-06-2005, 11:15 AM   #4
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I've used (rented) a kit like that to change bearings in my former '86 Jetta. It works pretty good.

I don't know about the rear; the real issue is whether the kit has adapters that are just the right diameter for your bearings. Even if the kit doesn't, you should be able to find a machine shop to make you one. It's not much more than a hunk of metal turned to the diameter you need. You could conceivably use a long bolt & a bunch of pipe & washers from a hardware store if they happened to be really straight, flat, & just the right diameter.
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