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Old 11th January 2019, 17:59   #21
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Given how long our cars have been out of production, I would guess that the best that OEM can mean is the part meets the OEM specification. In reality, it probably means that consideration has been given to the OEM specification.

This in my view would still be better than a generic aftermarket part where it is highly unlikely that OEM specifications/requirements have been considered in most cases.

It would be interesting to know whether a SNR and a FAG part is available in an SNR marked box and under the same part number.
The original design was of the type as I pictured as a NTN/SNR.

When you look at bearings manufactured by machining mild steel as opposed to drop forging, there is a reason for this and the answer is simple, they are manufactured to a price, not manufactured to the sort of standard where you might expect a decent service life.

So anyway, what makes the difference between something like the FAG manufactured one pictured originally, and say THIS.....the clue being the wording used in the advert

" This item is the Genuine MG Rover part - as fitted at Longbridge during production, made by SNR (France)"

Now I happen to know Mat dabbled with some wheel bearings of the machined steel type, and now doesn't, as I fitted one to a rather nice 75 tourer, it lasted for 1500 miles
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Old 11th January 2019, 18:40   #22
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Thank Brian, useful information but tangential to my point.

As you know, maufacturing processes often change for an OEM part during a product's life. Often in order to reduce cost.

The pertinent question remains - is the FAG bearing based item now the OEM standard, or do SNR still manufacture the "original production OEM" standard part?

The questionable longevity of the part that Mat played with could be for all sorts of reasons, including rubbish materials being used in the manufacture as is now the case very often.
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Thank Brian, useful information but tangential to my point.

As you know, maufacturing processes often change for an OEM part during a product's life. Often in order to reduce cost.

The pertinent question remains - is the FAG bearing based item now the OEM standard, or do SNR still manufacture the "original production OEM" standard part?

The questionable longevity of the part that Mat played with could be for all sorts of reasons, including rubbish materials being used in the manufacture as is now the case very often.
I would say that the SNR bearing in original format is still available, I bought two fairly recently LINK


These are the original production standard part, and not some Micky Mouse effort made by the Guang Dong Bearing, Lawn mower, and Dangerous Toy Company.

So if the OP wishes to fit a component in every way as good quality as fitted on the production line, let's just say a perfect facsimile, then the link is there to the supplier I used to obtain mine

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I would say that the SNR bearing in original format is still available, I bought two fairly recently LINK


These are the original production standard part, and not some Micky Mouse effort made by the Guang Dong Bearing, Lawn mower, and Dangerous Toy Company.

So if the OP wishes to fit a component in every way as good quality as fitted on the production line, let's just say a perfect facsimile, then the link is there to the supplier I used to obtain mine

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Thanks Brian.

Much appreciated. 3rd time lucky hopefully.

I have no issue with the FAG bearing as such, however as Brian has pointed out, the manufacturing process achieves a lower quality product.

I think we all just wish that manufacturers, suppliers etc just sold what they advertise, and advertise what they sell instead of misrepresenting things.
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