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tomstir
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From: San Jose CA USA
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 10-05-2002 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tomstir   Click Here to Email tomstir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll be putting in a t-5 soon and am wondering which bearing and why? Roller or bronze? What's your opinion/experience? Good bad or ugly!!

Tstir

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S/Q 2204
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From: Ozark, AL(again after a year of being deployed)
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 10-06-2002 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for S/Q 2204   Click Here to Email S/Q 2204     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom,
Looks like you are not getting alot of info so I will share one of my experiences. I run a Lenco with dual iron disks. I launch at 5800 RPM. For some crazy reason known only to me I tried a bonze pilot bearing, here is what happened: It egged out the pilot bearing so bad that the input shaft started digging into the candle stick(throw out bearing support) It caused the candle stick to swell & at the end of a run when I was finally able to get the clutch mashed, it stuck there 'till it cooled down. Given the above I run nothing but a roller now. This is only my experience and I am sure someone will be able to tell you bronze is a cold beer & a pretzel way to go.
Good luck,
Mark J

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steve'66
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From: Sonoma,CA,USA
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 10-06-2002 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with Mark,

The roller is better, but 99% of the applications will be fine w/ the bronze bushing.

SteveW

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tomstir
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From: San Jose CA USA
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 10-07-2002 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tomstir   Click Here to Email tomstir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A mechanic for a shipping company told me that the roller bearings dry out to fast. And unless I was going to change it often it wasn't worth it. Was his company buying cheap bearings? (I could see them doing that) This car will be cruised around as much as possible...not a "track" car.

Thanks for the responses...any others....

Tomstir

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