State side bearing supplier

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I'm searching for a stateside bearing supplier. Looking for a Norton Commando Mainshaft bearing part number 04:0099.
Found it obscene that my local Brit bike parts vendor wanted $50.00 for a part made in India (not that there's anything wrong with India)
Looks like 5/8" x 1 9/16" x 7/16"
Prefer US or Japanese manufacture.

Thanks!
 

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Hello

I'm searching for a stateside bearing supplier. Looking for a Norton Commando Mainshaft bearing part number 04:0099.
Found it obscene that my local Brit bike parts vendor wanted $50.00 for a part made in India (not that there's anything wrong with India)
Looks like 5/8" x 1 9/16" x 7/16"
Prefer US or Japanese manufacture.

Thanks!
Search by bearing # and type, not Norton part # and you'll find what you are looking for. https://www.nocnsw.org.au/technical/commando-bearings
 
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If you use a local bearing factor for this bearing check they are aware of the ID size issue. From the link above.

IMPORTANT; the RLS 9 is listed in most catalogues as having a 1 & 1/8 bore, however get your dealer to have another look as they are also listed as having a 1 & 1/4 bore, which is what you need. They also sometimes bear the number 1654. Not every manufacturer will do them. One manufacturer who does them is KSK. Another is RHP. This variant of the RLS 9 may have been commissioned just for Norton so availability will be relative.
 

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“Factor” is a vendor….correct? English to American translation.
 

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“Factor” is a vendor….correct? English to American translation.

"A Motor Factor or Parts Factor is a stockist of vehicle parts and accessories who will advise and sell their products to Main Dealerships, Independently owned garages as well as directly to the general public."
 
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bearing 04-0099 is the small main shaft bearing 5/8" inner LJ 5/8" should be easy enough to find at a bearing specialist / Factor

the high gear bearing is 06-0098 which is 1-1/4" ID is the other end of the main shaft
 
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the information supplied by the above for high gear part number is not correct

the part number for this bearing is LJ1-1/4D or RHP LJ31.7=1 these bearings have not been commercially produced for some years by RHP / NSK group or any other recognised brand

RLS9 BY manufacturers designation is not the correct ID for this application

specialist suppliers of Motorcycle / vintage parts are grinding the internal of the RLS9 to 1-1/4" hence the confusion with part numbers on the bearing outer
if you order a RLS 9 from a bearing specialist it will not fit as the ID is too small 1-1/8" ID

the internal grinding of RLS9 has been common practise for some years now as 1-1/4" ID bearings are no longer produced by the main stream manufacturers due to low demand
 
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"A Motor Factor or Parts Factor is a stockist of vehicle parts and accessories who will advise and sell their products to Main Dealerships, Independently owned garages as well as directly to the general public."
OK then….like Andover Norton. I don’t believe there is a US equivalent. Manufacturers sell to distributors who sell to dealers who sell to the public here. At least this was the norm before Amazon type selling.
 

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You can get the same bearing for less money but there are a lot of "Class's" of bearings. The same size may have 5 balls and is a medium class where as heavier duty will have 6 balls. Bronze or steel cages make a huge difference. Then there are close tolerance bearings, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. I will special order the exact bearing rather then using lesser quality. I often thought the British bikes used, very high quality, left over aircraft bearing from the war. $80.00 is probably going rate for a bronze cage bearing.
 
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I often thought the British bikes used, very high quality, left over aircraft bearing from the war.
BSA made machine tools, sold a lot to the other side of the Iron Curtain, no hard currency available to pay so they got goods instead, the Romanian bearings found in several of my 60's BSA's testify to that.
 

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There are somewhere between 3 and 10 bearing suppliers in Stockton. I suggest that you visit and make your purchase where you get a warm-and-fuzzy. Ignore any signs that say "Trade only", "wholesale only", or any such, and just walk in; mid week is best, before lunch or after lunch. You will find at least one counter person that will help you and teach you something. They may tell you what previous posters have already written, but I'd bet you'll find what you want. A good bearing person will explain your choices and you won't walk out with rolly cart wheel bearing or rocket turbine bearings.

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Old Britts used to sell less expensive substitutes for several Commando bearings. Don't know that you can still reach Fred & Ella as they've completed the sale of Old Britts, but either one could tell you the brand, part number, and country of origin off the top of their head, as if you asked "how many thumbs have you go on your right hand?"...
 

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Try "Buffalo Bearings"

They supply the perfect bearing for converting early "small bearing" Triumph cases to accept later style cranks.
 

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everything was made in India
Go to AN's website and check out the engine main bearings they sell, they are made in India, but quality is controlled by FAG, the major bearing house that puts their name on them!

They are the right part for the job with the right clearances. https://andover-norton.co.uk/en/sho...shaft-bearing-d12-32-nm17822-nm17824-06-2114-

Sourcing an alternative main bearing is likely to give you headaches, and could end up being much more expensive than buying the right part.

AN's layshaft roller (and probably even the sleeve gear ball race) are from the same sources. These bearings can be considered safety critical, you don't want one to fail!

None of us want to be ripped off, but the part being manufactured in India isn't the problem here.

Following your Norton part number, 04 0099, AN sell that one for £9.85, wherever they source them from, which we can be pretty sure isn't US or Japan.

Today, £9.85 ain't anywhere near $50!
 
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Try "Buffalo Bearings"

They supply the perfect bearing for converting early "small bearing" Triumph cases to accept later style cranks.
Paul,
I assume you mean this company?

Buffalo Bearing

I dealt with this company for years when I had my shop in the Buffalo, N.Y. area. A top notch company to deal with. They helped me to replace a lot of the standard single lip oil seals for Nortons, Triumphs and BSAs with double lip replacements. I found the double lip seals really help to keep a Brit bike oil tight.
 
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