OEM vs Aftermarket Release Bearing: Which One?

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OEM vs Aftermarket

OEM release bearing
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Postby stevo27 » Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:03 pm

yea those bastards at canyon creek toyota charged me 89.50 for the oem one hahaha
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Postby Corey » Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:32 pm

Simba: I'm guessing you went with the OEM bearing for your new HKS setup? did it come with its own bearing?
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Postby Corey » Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:41 pm

^^ ouch on that price, i think 1st toyota has them for about 50$

I did some reading on the MR2 forum, the concensus there is that if you use a SPEC or ACT kit, get the OEM bearing.

But no mention of other kits, like HKS, ORC, ect.

I'd really like to see those pics when you get a chance too :D
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Postby gt4tified » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:14 pm

Just to update, when my clutch failed on me last week and I dropped the gearbox, the ACT release bearing (which was very noisy after only a couple weeks on installation) was gone...it did not spin freely but there was no play on the bearing. All in all I'll never install an aftermarket bearing again!
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Re: OEM vs Aftermarket Release Bearing: Which One?

Postby Corey » Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:46 am

Figure I should update this post:

Here is new OEM vs ACT I just purchased. I'll be using OEM in this case - they are virtually identical in dimension.

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Here is OEM vs ORC - Very different
I ended up going with the ORC bearing.

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Re: OEM vs Aftermarket Release Bearing: Which One?

Postby sbart83 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:28 pm

this was just the thread i was looking for. about 2 years ago, i bought and installed the ACT stage 2 clutch kit(carbonized kevlar clutch) with the throwout bearing that came with the kit. about a month ago i started hearing noise and feeling my clutch pedal acting a bit strange. well it got worse and then eventually didnt go into gear. i have it torn apart right now and the clutch, flywheel, and PP seem absolutely fine, that POS throwout bearing was in a million pieces, completely toast. IM going OEM all the way. I dont see a stage 2 kit having that much more of a stiffer PP than stock anyway, i think it'll work just fine
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Re: OEM vs Aftermarket Release Bearing: Which One?

Postby muskokagt4 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:13 am

I purchased a clutchmasters fx300 and used the tob that came with it. I had previously read threads like this and I guess ignored them but I will never do it again. Within a week the bearing made a sound like rod knock. I'm dropping the motor to do a few things and swapping it for oem. Release bearing noises make a nice car sound like shit
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Re: OEM vs Aftermarket Release Bearing: Which One?

Postby Droptop93 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:31 am

I also have an aftermarket release bearing gone bad, centerforce to be exact. Lasted ~5 years. Once i pull it out i will share pics vs. my brand new OEM i just purchased.
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Re: OEM vs Aftermarket Release Bearing: Which One?

Postby Awesome-Trac » Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:11 am

This topic is really worrying me now, I just installed a Exedy pressure plate and Clutch with the new throwout bearing it came with...so what I've read so far is that the aftermarket ones seem to wear out way to fast which is bothering me! I only drive about 5miles well let's just say 10 round trip and I rarely push the car at all so hopefully my granny style driving will keep her going
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