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Bushings and Plain Bearings - Tolerances

Wrapped Bushings Tolerances

It is not possible to accurately measure the external and internal diameters of a wrapped bushing in its free condition. In the free state, a wrapped bushing will not be perfectly cylindrical. The bushing will conform to the housing when the split is tightly closed. For this reason the OD & ID of a wrapped bushing can only be checked with special gauges and test equipment.

Below is an example on how to determine the bushing’s ID & OD tolerances with respect to the mating shaft and housing tolerances after installation:

Wrappd Bushing Tolerances

The chart and diagram shows that after installation this bushing will have a total OD tolerance of 0.030 mm. Also, the ID tolerance is 0.065 mm after installation.

Standard Bushings (non-wrapped) Tolerances

Standard bushing tolerances are specified on their respective dimension tables. For example:

Standard Bushings Tolerances

If a bushing with an 8 mm ID (d) and a 12 mm OD (D) is used, the ID (d) dimension specifies an F7 tolerance which corresponds to 13 µm / 28 µm. The OD (D) dimension specifies an m6 tolerance which corresponds to 7 µm / 18 µm.

Note:  Uppercase tolerances refer to different values from lowercase tolerances.