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Clevite MS981H

Main Bearing Set 1969-97 Ford 351/400 (5.8/6.6L) V8 Engines

Clevite MS981H

695-MS981H

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Clevite MS981H Main Bearing Set 1969-97 Ford 351/400 (5.8/6.6L) V8 Engines $60.99
Main Bearing Set
  • 1969-97 Ford 351/400 (5.8/6.6L) V8 Engines
  • H Series

  • Specifications:

    Manufacturer's Part Number:
    MS-981H

    These Tri-Metal 77 engine bearings combine the strength of a copper-lead alloy layer with steel backing and an electroplated babbitt metal. The steel backing provides strength and durability; the babbitt overlay provides the critical surface characteristics of slipperiness and conformability. This ideal design has properties not even found in many original equipment bearings. Clevite offers main bearings, rod bearings and cam bearings in this series.

    H Series -
  • Best to start with when unsure which bearing to choose
  • Medium level of eccentricity and high crush
  • Enlarged chamfers for greater crankshaft fillet clearance
  • Made without flash plating for better seating
  • Use with crankshafts that have oversized fillets
  • Use with engines that run mid-high RPM range
  • Contact patterns should ideally cover 2/3 to 3/4 of the bearing surface

    P Series -
  • Typically the greatest level of eccentricity
  • Rods and mains have high crush for maximum retention
  • Most are fully grooved to maximize oil flow to rod bearings
  • Reduced overlay thickness to prevent overlay fatigue
  • Use where extremely high RPMs cause severe rod bore close-in
  • Use where higher eccentricity is desired to narrow bearing contact patterns

    V Series -
  • This series essentially duplicates Clevite's former Vandervell parts
  • Typically low to medium eccentricity
  • Not available with oversized chamfers
  • No flash plating on the steel back
  • All Clevite main bearing sets use a single-piece thrust bearing
  • Narrowed parts available to accommodate increased crankshaft fillet clearance
  • Lead-indium overlay offers slightly better conformability

    M Series -
  • These are special purpose bearings having a nominal .005" thick Babbitt lining on a hardened steel back
  • They are intended mainly for Blown Fuel engines where severe crankshaft deflections cause edge loading of the bearings
  • Under these operating conditions bearing service life will be very short
  • Frequent inspection and replacement is recommended


    Part Number Key
    • H - High-Performance
    • HD - High-Performance bearing with dowel hole
    • HK - High-Performance bearing with moly/graphite coating
    • P - Standard Clevite 77 tri-metal bearing
    • M - Blown Fuel Engine bearing for severe crankshaft deflections & edge loading
    • N - High-Performance Narrowed for greater crankshaft fillet clearance
    • HG - High-Performance full angular grooved bearing
    • V - High-Performance with Lead Indium overlay (On Main Sets this indicates partial groove also)
    • VG - High-Performance with Lead Indium full angular grooved bearing
    • D - Bearing has a dowel hole
    • K - Tri-Armor coated bearing
    • X - Bearing has .001 more oil clearance than standard
    • XX - Bearing has .002 more oil clearance than standard
    • A or AL - Indicates Aluminum bearing material

    Note: Clevite main and cam bearings are priced as sets; rod bearings are priced each.

  • Does Clevite MS981H fit your vehicle?

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    1971 FORD THUNDERBIRD

    • CC: 6555
    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1975-1976 FORD ELITE

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1969-1972 FORD CUSTOM

    • CC: 5753
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1977-1981 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: RANGER
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1977-1981 FORD F-250

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: RANGER
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1987 FORD E-150 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • EngineType: ALL
    • SubModel: XL

    1975-1982 FORD E-100 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: CHATEAU
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1985-1992 FORD F-250

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT LARIAT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1980-1982 FORD E-350 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1975-1982 FORD E-250 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1983-1984 FORD F-150

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1985 FORD F-150

    • EngineType: ALL
    • SubModel: XLT

    1975-1978 FORD E-150 ECONOLINE

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: NORTHLAND
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1975-1982 FORD E-150 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1984-1986 FORD E-150 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1975-1976 FORD LTD

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BROUGHAM
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1976 MERCURY MONTEGO

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1971-1972 FORD CUSTOM

    • CC: 6556
    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1982 FORD F-250

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1975 FORD GRAN TORINO

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: ELITE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1980-1986 FORD LTD

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: CROWN VICTORIA
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1975-1979 FORD RANCHERO

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: 500
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1977-1982 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: CUSTOM
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1980 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1992-1996 FORD E-350 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT HD
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1977-1979 FORD F-150

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: SUPER CAB
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1977 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1975-1983 FORD E-100 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: CUSTOM
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1983-1984 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1980 FORD E-250 ECONOLINE

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1980-1982 FORD E-350 ECONOLINE

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: CHATEAU
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1976-1977 FORD P-500 VAN

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1987-1991 FORD E-150 ECONOLINE

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: CUSTOM
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1969-1970 FORD FAIRLANE

    • CC: 5753
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: 500
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1992-1996 FORD E-350 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: CHATEAU HD
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1977 FORD CUSTOM 500

    • EngineType: ALL
    • SubModel: ALL

    1984-1985 FORD E-250 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1978 FORD LTD

    • CC: 5752
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1991-1996 FORD BRONCO

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XL
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1976 MERCURY MONTEGO

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1983-1996 FORD E-150 ECONOLINE

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XL
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1972-1974 FORD TORINO

    • CC: 6556
    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1973-1974 FORD THUNDERBIRD

    • CC: 6555
    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1975-1976 FORD TORINO

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1975-1978 FORD E-250 ECONOLINE

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: NORTHLAND
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1971-1972 FORD MUSTANG

    • EngineType: ALL
    • SubModel: BOSS 351

    1969 FORD FALCON

    • CC: 5752
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1971-1974 FORD COUNTRY SEDAN

    • CC: 6556
    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1997 FORD F-250 HD

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1975-1976 FORD LTD

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BROUGHAM
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1997 FORD F-250

    • CC: 5752
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT VIP
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1991-1992 FORD BRONCO

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1975-1976 MERCURY MARQUIS

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BROUGHAM
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1969-1974 FORD RANCHERO

    • CC: 5753
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: 500
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1982 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: XLT LARIAT
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1984-1985 FORD F-150

    • EngineType: ALL
    • SubModel: RANGER

    1981 FORD F-100

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: RANGER
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1973 FORD GRAN TORINO

    • CC: 5753
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BROUGHAM
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1994-1996 FORD BRONCO

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1975-1976 MERCURY COUGAR

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: XR-7
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1977-1978 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: NORTHLAND
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1987-1992 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: CUSTOM
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1977-1978 FORD LTD II

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BROUGHAM
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1990 FORD BRONCO

    • EngineType: ALL
    • SubModel: XL

    1978 FORD THUNDERBIRD

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: TOWN LANDAU
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1995-1996 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: SPECIAL
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1997 FORD F-250

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1982 FORD F-250

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT LARIAT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1969 FORD FALCON

    • CC: 5752
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1972-1974 FORD GRAN TORINO

    • CC: 6556
    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1995-1996 FORD BRONCO

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT SPORT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1971-1974 MERCURY COLONY PARK

    • CC: 6556
    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1975-1982 FORD E-250 ECONOLINE

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1987-1992 FORD F-150

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: CUSTOM
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1977-1981 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: RANGER
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1969-1974 FORD RANCH WAGON

    • CC: 5753
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1972-1974 FORD GRAN TORINO

    • CC: 5753
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: SQUIRE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1977 FORD F-150

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1977-1979 FORD F-150

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: RANGER XLT
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1983-1984 FORD F-250

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1992-1993 FORD E-350 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: CUSTOM HD
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1980 FORD E-250 ECONOLINE

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: CUSTOM
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1982 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: XL
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1969-1974 FORD RANCHERO

    • CC: 5753
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: GT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1996-1997 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1970 FORD MUSTANG

    • CC: 5753
    • Liter: 5.8
    • Aspiration: N
    • SubModel: MACH I
    • Engine Vin: H
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1978-1979 FORD THUNDERBIRD

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: TOWN LANDAU
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1971-1974 MERCURY MARQUIS

    • CC: 6556
    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1977-1978 FORD F-150

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: NORTHLAND
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1993-1995 FORD F-150

    • EngineType: ALL
    • SubModel: LIGHTNING

    1972-1974 MERCURY MONTEGO

    • CC: 6556
    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: BASE
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1977-1982 FORD F-350

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: CUSTOM
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1982-1983 FORD F-250

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: XLS
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1987-1992 FORD F-250

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: CUSTOM
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1975-1976 MERCURY MARQUIS

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: COLONY PARK
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1970-1974 FORD LTD

    • CC: 5753
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: BROUGHAM
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1972-1974 FORD GRAN TORINO

    • CC: 5753
    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: SPORT
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1977-1983 FORD E-350 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: CUSTOM
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )

    1976 MERCURY MONTEGO

    • Liter: 6.6
    • SubModel: MX VILLAGER
    • CUI: 400
    • EngineType: V8 ( 6.6 L / 400 )

    1995-1996 FORD F-150

    • Liter: 5.8
    • SubModel: EDDIE BAUER
    • CUI: 351
    • EngineType: V8 ( 5.8 L / 351 )
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