Timken, Federal Mogul, and American Standard are among the top-tier axle bearing manufacturers.
Strange OEM style axle bearings (with seals) are designed for use in street/strip and stock vehicles where Legendary Strange custom axles are replacing OEM axles. New axle bearings and seals are recommended whenever axles are replaced. Consult your Strange Engineering representative or the application guide to determine whether lock rings and/or other hardware will be required.
Sealed ball bearings and sealed double row ball bearings are typically sold as a sealed bearing. This means that the bearing is not lubricated using rear end lube and doesn’t require a conventional seal in the axle housing. The outer diameter of this type axle bearing is secured to the housing in such a way as to perform a seal. The inner race of the bearing is press-fit to seal the axle shaft and the sealed axle bearing is packed with grease; making it self-lubricating. A separate axle bearing retainer plate usually holds this bearing and axle combination in the axle housing and eliminates the need for c-clip axle retention. Sealed axle bearings are also sold with integrated retainer plates for certain applications.
Tapered axle bearings are better for continuous use in applications where side loading is frequently encountered. Circle track and street/strip vehicles often use tapered axle bearings for their ability to resist the sheer force associated with continuous and intense cornering. Tapered axle bearings sold by Strange are manufactured by Timken and may require alternate lock rings and seals (other than stock). If you have problems with bearing failure, from banging up into the corners, Strange tapered axle bearings may be the solution.