Yes, the front and rear bearings are about 2 inches apart. The front bearing always goes bad first because it's next to the main seal. Sometimes the front bearing inner race completely disintegrates result being the wash basket flops around. Though washer bearings often aren't available as a separate part from the Boschs, Whirlpools, Frigidaires, etc. of the world, they are easily available at most all local bearing suppliers for around $15 each. Bring the old bearings and they'll match them up. If your bearings are bad, be sure that you can obtain the main seal.
Front load washer bearing are a mild press fit into the rear tub half. They can be knocked out using a metal rod and hammer. New bearings can be easily tapped back into place with a hammer.