I was horrified at the price of new bearings here in Western Australia and wasn't too impressed with the prices from the specialist BMW suppliers as well, so I did a bit of googling and discovered Quality Bearings Online in the UK who have bearings at reasonable prices and ship them overseas with DHL.
Three days ago I ordered 2 x 6203C3; 4 x 6204C3; 1 x 6206C3; 1 x 6207C3; 1 x 6302 C3 and 1 x 6303 C3 FAG bearings for the princely sum of 58.81 GBP which is $107.88 AUD including postage to Australia and they arrived today which is Sunday, how good is that! Ordering and getting delivery in three days for a 14,600km journey is pretty impressive and FYI the price for these bearings from a local supplier was $230!
I decided to fit the bearings to the hubs and true the wheels today and thought it would be a good idea to use some bearing retaining compound to replace the "Pilsner Shim Stock" that was used previously to hold the bearing cups in position. After fitting the bearings and felt seals etc to the hub I realised that I had forgotten the spacer that goes between the outer edge of the inner bearing and felt seal on the brake drum side.....argh
. What I can say is that Permatex "Bearing Mount For Relaxed Fits" sets a lot quicker than the time they say and I had to press the bearings out using my hydraulic press as they would not budge when I tried to knock them out with a drift - Permatex is good stuff!
I only got one wheel done between other jobs and people dropping in to socialise on a nice 28 degree Autumn day and will do the other wheel tomorrow.
Also picked up the engine, gearbox and drive unit casings after glass bead blasting and they are nice and clean for the moment. I will high pressure wash and soapy water wash them to ensure there are no traces of glass beads left on the surface and they seem pretty clean as it is.
A couple of photos