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    Rear wheel bearing install direction?

    The old wheel bearing looks like this on both sides...
    IMG_20200403_143754989.jpg
    On the new bearing the two sides are different...
    IMG_20200403_143803176.jpgIMG_20200403_143807733.jpg

    Does the new bearing need to get installed in a specific direction?

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    Check with the vendor, but the side with all metal usually goes toward the direction road debris ect. is most likely to enter from.

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    I did my on one side years ago, but cant remember precisely but remember it was a big job. My feeling is to put the metal side toward the C stop ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    I did my on one side years ago, but cant remember precisely but remember it was a big job. My feeling is to put the metal side toward the C stop ring.
    Sorry about my poor advice man, I think there is a C on each side. Its Friday and I may be a little tired .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Sorry about my poor advice man, I think there is a C on each side. Its Friday and I may be a little tired .
    LOL...been there!

    My guess is that the bearings have the same number with a different pre/suf-fix. And since the original one is the same on both sides, it shouldn't matter as long as the steel doesn't protrude father than the other one(s).
    ...Or just a replacement that includes a shield.

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    I wonder if that's the wrong bearing. The "metal" side does not appeared to be weather-sealed. If it is, I agree with Ron.
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    The bearing came from DeLoreanGo. I just heard back from them, and they say metal side towards the car.

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    ...because??

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    They didn't say why. Though they also said it really doesn't matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMCMW Dave View Post
    I wonder if that's the wrong bearing. The "metal" side does not appeared to be weather-sealed. If it is, I agree with Ron.
    it should still be weather sealed if its metal. You see metal seals in rough service environments, industrial kind of stuff.
    I dont see how this has its place in a delorean, but it should not hinder anything.

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