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Posted 27 August 2019 - 03:09 PM

Well  Clevite bearings have been backordered like forever- since they had packaging issues. Sealed power gets spotty and quite expensive.   Thinking of switching to King bearings-  thoughts anyone? I can get ACL, but they  do not accept any returns.  go figure.

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 05:56 PM

Do you need to return bearings often?  If you do why so I know what to look for.
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Posted 27 August 2019 - 06:26 PM

I believe most of us would rely on your expertise Randy
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Posted 27 August 2019 - 09:27 PM

Buy the most  used sizes and stock up............In the late 90s they started (JIT) JUST IN TIME......they only make what they need ,,they wont make New stock ,,because there no  demand.........CYA..........

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 05:29 AM

View Posttsi_tom, on 27 August 2019 - 05:56 PM, said:

Do you need to return bearings often?  If you do why so I know what to look for.

Number of reasons, had problems with clevite packaging and the bearings scraped against each other causing sever gouges,    Missmateched sizes,  sometimes wrong number is ordered  or wrong size.  I had to limit returns on them because people would send them back all greasy  after opening the package. I did not get specific with my distributor when he told me ACL will not accept returns  but you would think defects  or packaging issues they would address  However ACL does state that they are sold as is.  ( "THE PARTS ARE SOLD ON AN “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES")

I have used both ACL and  king bearings with no issues,  just asking for opinions.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:46 AM

Personally I say switch to King or any other bearing company you feel is good quality and worth the money. Like said above I trust your judgement.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 10:10 AM

Randy your knowledge on quality and type of bearing is better than anyone's when it comes to g54b Im sure.

Go with king if you feel they are quality and best for your business.
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Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:15 AM

King says they have one objective: To supply the highest quality bearings in the marketplace.

That is a fairly bold statement that must be backed up with good quality, or so one would think. I've never used them though.

To be honest, I've never had a problem with any bearing brand that I've used over the years. Sealed Power, TRW, Federal Mogul, Clevite, and even some 'off the wall' brands that I don't remember any more. My old machinist swore by Clevite though.
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Posted 28 August 2019 - 08:12 PM

I've rebuilt alot of 5.7 and 5.3 v8 Chevy's. The sealed power were good for the crank ..seems slightly over sized every time. The camshaft bearings always need shaved. They were a pain in the arse.
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Posted 28 August 2019 - 08:14 PM

Oops sent the response to fast. On the g54 b rebuild. The sealed power bearings had to be less toque then spec on the crank.

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 10:55 PM

That's a shame about ACL, I've only heard good things about them. Maybe it's because our application is "made to order"?
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View PostJohnnyWadd, on 04 March 2010 - 10:01 PM, said:

my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 09:40 AM

I've had King bearings on a few of my builds over the years. They are good.

I think almost any known, reputable brand bearings should work, proper clearences and lubrication seems to be key.

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 09:40 AM

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 06:41 PM

i've never used anything but clevite. So this isn't good news! Although I think it's agreed. Whatever you decide on Randy, we will buy them :)
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