I normally subscribe to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy but, I had a big pile of TR-SC10E aluminum hop-ups sitting in my office waiting to be photographed for the website and I couldn't resist the temptation any longer! These Aluminum Rear Hubs and Aluminum Steering Knuckles were on the top of the pile so I added them first.
The rear hub install was super easy and took less than ten minutes. Although the stock plastic hubs seamed to be perfectly fine, these aluminum pieces look great and should add strength to my truck. The hubs come with bearings that fit very snuggly. On my first attempt, one of my bearings didn't seat perfectly in the hub so I had to pop it out and try again. The second attempt dropped nicely into place.
Also included with the rear hubs are captured hinge pins. I didn't install these but likely will soon. The only reason I didn't use these was because I was working at my desk and didn't have a hobby knife or drill with me at the time and to install these captured hinge pins requires removing a little plastic from the rear arms (to allow the hinge pin to pass all of the way through the arm).
The Steering Knuckles were also an easy drop-in. The bearings fit snuggly but I learned from the rear hubs to line them up carefully before snapping them in place. I added some blue thread lock to the mounting hardware to ensure the screws stayed in place and the install was complete. Easy as can be. Although the stock plastic knuckles were functioning just fine, I like how these new aluminum pieces look and they should add some strength to my truck as well.