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snakepitt1 04-30-2012 10:10 PM

2WD front wheel bearing question
Okay, I ordered new front brake rotors for my 1997 Ram 1500 2WD Sport extended cab. The rotors have the wheel studs installed (lugnut studs) and it looks like there are spots for the old style inner and outter wheel bearings. Anyone ever change the front wheel bearings on one of these? I just need to make sure I order the correct front wheel bearings.

chuck9991967 05-16-2012 06:51 PM

I have a 2000 RAM 1500. I am wondering if it is possible to do away with the individual bearings and go to a bearing/hub assembly and regular rotor? When I pull up the parts on AutoZone website, they show the individual bearings as well as the hub assembly for my truck.

Warlock III 05-16-2012 07:53 PM

I don't think so. There'd have to be a separate rotor that you'd need also. But I guess just about anything is possible in the aftermarket sector.

Paul89 05-18-2012 05:26 PM

I guess you can buy a bearing/hub assembly. Sounds like it comes with the rotors,the races, inner/outer bearings and gease seals. Either way these will be the parts you'll need if you decide you need to replace the bearings along with the rotors. The races are what the bearings ride on so you will need to seat them inside the rotor where the bearings go. All you need is a hammer and punch to get the race seated in the rotor. If you need to get them out all I use is a crow bar or a big flat head screw driver and hammer to pop them back out. To get the gease seals seated I use a block of wood that covers the seal and hammer to tip it in place.

BburgRamGuy 06-29-2014 09:23 PM

Question pertaining to this thread...
Is it safe to use the 4wd bearing/hub assemblies on a 2wd model? The 3 bolt holes line up where it would bolt to the spindle itself. I have been witness to friends whose front 4wd quit working, and they removed the axles to free up HP. They ran just fine for years that way. I guess my question is, would the assemblies fit over top of the existing spindle or would I need to change the spindle itself out as well?

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