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All center support bearings are not the same


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While inspecting the poor craftsmanship on my driveline rebuild (another subject), I happened to compare several center support bearings and noticed that there is distinct difference in position of mounting holes (see pic). The center bearings are aligned and the base plates are parallel in the photo. The unit on the left was made in Germany (from Blunt), while the other is one I had in my parts stash (no markings except for an illegible name--something like "Seerot"). I would seem to me that one of these units would position the driveline off-center when installed. For now I'll stick to the one made in Germany, unless anyone has some insight into this discrepancy.

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I also apologize for hijacking the thread and meant no disrespect to anyone. My point was, and I should have been a little clearer, that don't just assume that the part was made in china. Replacement parts are made all over the world now. Some in our own back yard and they can be just as inferior as the next. Yea the Chinese use cheap labor, but have you actually been to a manufacturing plant there? Have you seen what their quality control standards are. Did you realize that some of your oem BMW parts are comprised of pieces made all over the world but can say made in Germany because the majority of it is made there? Anyways my point again is don't just always assume that a so called substandard part is made in Asia.

By the way although I am Asian( half) I am also just as American as most others in this country.

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I personally am not a fan of things made in the peoples republic. Granted, many of the things they work are fine and have no problems. However, this has not been my experience. I bought a cheap fan for the corner of my living room over the summer when it was quite hot. When trying to put the fan together, I realized they gave me two of the same leg! Upon returning to the store, an employee and myself realized after opening 5 boxes they all had two copies of the same leg. I still have my wobbly fan that I duct-taped/wood screwed together.

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Chinese manufacturing makes a lot of things possible.

...and I would add that if all the things 'Fabrique au Chine' disappeared

from the shelves today, there would be precious little to buy at all....

even Meyle Germany came through with 'Made in China' stickers on most

of it last time. Apparently Meyle added Germany to their name...

I fear this will not end well, yet have only greedy US upper management to blame... profit profit profit, damn the consequences. Especially environmental.

'oh, but we're all so green, we're a clean company...'

(sorry, this thread is permajacked)

t

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