Did you know that you can actually order up all the bearings and seals on your G wagens, Pinzguaers, Unimogs, Haflingers, and the rest of those arcane brethren with ease all from your local bearing supply shop?
What's a bearing supply shop doing in my town some might wonder?
Well all sorts of things need bearings, you touch and interact with them every day without even knowing it usually.
So there are bearing shops in most major markets.
Bearing shops typically have some giant shelves loaded with zillions of little boxes of bearings, seals, and other stuff.
How do they tell it all apart?
The same way Mercedes does, Steyr does, your mechanic does.
They use the standardized measurement system for bearings and seals which measures the outside diameter, the inside diameter, and the thickness of the bearing and race as a combo.
They also use standard designation codes that have to do with other variables in teh bearings design and capacity
Does Mercedes make bearings?
Most the time the bearings you buy in little gray boxes with 3 pointed stars on them come from very good OEM manufacturers, much like your G does.
These manufacturers have names like Timken, SKF, GKN, Schaeffler, FAG....on and on.
The good news is you can buy these bearings directly thru your local bearing shop at massively lower prices than thru Mercedes or resellers of car/truck parts.
You can use this handy site to calculate bearing dimensions. http://www.bearing-king.co.uk/how-to-me ... earing.php
You can also use the dimensions that are printed on the side of the bearing (see photo) or the seal.
But with the bearings on the Gwagen, each bearing has a designation code already assigned to it, which, no matter the maker, it will be the same.