I just pulled apart my passenger-side knuckle and found the needle bearings buried in rust, brake dust and mummified-grease. I went looking on-line for replacement bearings and the inner seals. It wasn't a very straight-forward task. I had to call the Kia dealer to get the part numbers because no one - not even Rock Auto - had the bearings or seals listed for my '97. After I had Kia's part numbers, I was able to cross-reference both the bearings and seals to aftermarket MFGs. The part numbers for both follow (just to spare others the pain and suffering I went through for 2 hours <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/zombie.gif" alt="" />)...

Front Knuckle/Spindle needle bearing (supports CV half-shaft):

Kia #0K01133152 (cross refs in Napa catalog)

SCE188 (cross refs with many bearing manufacturers)

Edit: Also found this one...
FAG Front Wheel Bearing, part #KIA027559



Inner seal (inner-side of knuckle):

Kia Part #0K08133065 (cross-refs in Napa catalog)

Beck-Arnley # 0523996 (1-piece)

Auto 7 (2-piece seal - everyone else is 1-piece):
Part # 1260010 + Part # 1260031

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Last edited by Peabody; 12/17/11 08:34 AM.

1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />