Transportation Bearings

Traditional transportation bushings require regular maintenance as a result of wet and dirty conditions. Transportation bushings that require grease are at risk of failure caused by lack of grease or pinched lines causing dirt to adhere to the grease, accelerating the wear. This is not the case with Thordon bearings. As an ideal replacement for greased bronze and aluminum bushings Thordon grease free bushings can be found in numerous transportation applications, from railroad bridges and trolley buses to truck and tractor pivot points. A proven solution, Thordon SXL and ThorPlas grades have internal lubricants formulated throughout the homogeneous material providing a grease-free and dry operation. This leads to a prolonged service life increasing productivity by reducing downtime.

Use the Material Selection Guides below to determine which Thordon bearing grade is best for your application.

  • Low operating friction
  • High resilience and impact resistance
  • Long wear life
  • High abrasion resistance


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Thordon ThorPlas-Blue is a homogeneous lifetime lubricated material developed by Thordon specifically as a full form high pressure bearing.

Thordon SXL

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Thordon SXL has excellent dry start capability and a low coefficient of friction for long bearing wear life.


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HPSXL (grey) is designed for higher pressure applications as the bearing component in HPSXL TRAXL bearings (HPSXL bonded in a metallic shell).


Application References



The final (fully finished) sizing of a Thordon elastomer or ThorPlas bearing can be determined by using the Thordon Bearing Sizing Calculation Program.

To download the Thordon Bearing Sizing Calculation Program Version 2017, Release 10, a user registration is required.

Request Bearing Sizing Program User Registration Number

Download Bearing Sizing Calculation Program (2.2 MB) Version 2017, Release 10

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