Dodge Neon Knuckles

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Dodge Neon Knuckles

Post by 2001DodgeNeonSe » Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:16 pm

I am gonna get some knuckles, but want to know if the 2002 to 2005 knuckles will work on a 2000 or 2001 neon. I want the 2002 to 2005 knuckles because they can fit the Timken Set 49 Wheel bearing which are wider and have the tapered roller bearings. and are cheaper.

Im only doing the right side for know so will a 2002 to 2005 on one side and a 2000 or 2001 on the other side effect geometry of something.

Heres some specs for wheel bearings:

2001 Timken #510057 $45.79
1.2992" Width
1.6535" Bore
2.9921" Outer

2002 to 2005 Timken #Set 49 $24.99
1.5354" Width
1.65351" Bore
2.9921" Outer



It doesn't make since the better and wider bearing is cheaper.
Let me know thanks.
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Post by cgneon » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:51 am

they should be interchangeable. but i cant find any specs on them :(

but you should really do stuff like that in pairs. and matching.
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Re: Dodge Neon Knuckles

Post by Donkeypuncher » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:54 am

Damn, I knew they were wider but that's a pretty big difference.

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Post by Themaggots » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:28 am

AFAIK, they are interchangeable. You will probably need an alignement after the switch. And since there'll be an alignement, you might as well do the tie-rod ends too.
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Post by bone-yard-racing » Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:21 am

The knuckles swap right on make sure to use matching hubs and do both sides.
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Post by 2001DodgeNeonSe » Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:14 pm

Cool. Thanks everyone for the info.
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Post by ACR MAN » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:16 pm

Two issues with that swap:

* The outer CV stub is longer on the later 2002-05 axles compared with the 2000-early 2002 axles, to match the increased width of the bearing and hub.

* The location of the tie rod end hole in the knuckle may be different than your existing knuckle, depending on what knuckles you have now and what knuckles you buy to replace them. For example, the ATX knuckles typically have the tie rod end hole more outboard on the casting compared with the MTX knuckles. I ran into this issue when I had to replace both front knuckles on my later 2002 SXT, due to the car's idiot former owner grinding the strut clevis on the knuckle so he could install 1st gen struts. The replacement 2003 knuckles that I bought had the tie rod holes in the "more outboard" location. Fortunately, the tie rods on my car had enough thread to safely adjust toe. Unfortunately, my car's turning radius is wider than it would have been if I could have kept the 2002 MTX knuckles.
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Re: knuckles

Post by occasional demons » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:17 pm

ACR MAN wrote:Two issues with that swap:

* The outer CV stub is longer on the later 2002-05 axles compared with the 2000-early 2002 axles, to match the increased width of the bearing and hub.
:-k I got shot down, sort of, for suggesting that might be the case with the wider bearings....

That was overall a very informative post. It explains why the ATX racks are also different. :thumbup:
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