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    Bearing Source for American Classic Hubs

    Has anyone purchased a bearing kit from Boca Bearings for an American Classic Hub? From the AC website, I see I need four 6803 C3 bearings for my rear hub. The only 6803 C3 kits Boca has are $75 for ceramic hybrids. AC says you can get a front and rear ceramic bearing upgrade kit (two front, four rear) for $300. Even accounting for the two fewer bearings in the Boca kit, that's a big price difference. Is Boca reputable or is AC just really expensive? Any source for stainless 6803 C3's cheaper? I don't really need ceramic bearings (no piece of equipment short of a motor will make me any faster). I pretty much exhaused Google. There are plenty of 6803 Max, Enduro, 2RS, unsealed, ABEC 3 and other flavors around, but no C3's.
    I can call these two outfits on Monday, but is there anywhere else I should look?

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    Take the bearing to an industrial bearing supply house. They should be able to fix you up with some good quality (maybe not ceramic) replacements for a few dollars apiece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky
    Has anyone purchased a bearing kit from Boca Bearings for an American Classic Hub? From the AC website, I see I need four 6803 C3 bearings for my rear hub. The only 6803 C3 kits Boca has are $75 for ceramic hybrids. AC says you can get a front and rear ceramic bearing upgrade kit (two front, four rear) for $300. Even accounting for the two fewer bearings in the Boca kit, that's a big price difference. Is Boca reputable or is AC just really expensive? Any source for stainless 6803 C3's cheaper? I don't really need ceramic bearings (no piece of equipment short of a motor will make me any faster). I pretty much exhaused Google. There are plenty of 6803 Max, Enduro, 2RS, unsealed, ABEC 3 and other flavors around, but no C3's.
    I can call these two outfits on Monday, but is there anywhere else I should look?

    Kathy
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    This might not help you but for those with older AC hubs they have the older 15x26x7 size that was impossible to find.
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    I don't have experience with cycling bearings from Boca Bearings, but my son and I used to race R/C cars and bought all our bearings from Boca. We went through them pretty quickly, because racing puts a lot of stress on the small bearings used in Electric and Gas cars. They are very reputable, helpful if you call them on the phone (toll free, I think), and last time I ordered from them, shipping was free. Just tell them the sizes you need and if they have them as a "kit" they will be cheaper than by the piece, at least that's how they priced R/C car bearing sets.
    I have several sets of AC wheels and when I get ready to upgrade to Ceramics, Boca Bearings is who I will call.

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