Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1781 - Chrome Plated (Pair)

Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1781 - Chrome Plated (Pair)

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Provide your trailer wheel bearings with premium protection - replace your existing grease caps with Bearing Buddies. They install in seconds and provide an easy, safe way to monitor and control the level of grease in your axle hub. Lowest Prices for the best trailer bearings races seals caps from Bearing Buddy. Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1781 - Chrome Plated (Pair) part number BB1781 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Bearing Buddy Trailer Bearings Races Seals Caps - BB1781

  • Caps
  • Bearing Protector Grease Cap
  • 1.781 Inch
  • Bearing Buddy

Provide your trailer wheel bearings with premium protection - replace your existing grease caps with Bearing Buddies. They install in seconds and provide an easy, safe way to monitor and control the level of grease in your axle hub.


Features:

  • Replaces the grease cap in the axle hub
  • Prevents wheel-bearing failure
    • Keeps water and dirt out of hubs and bearings
    • Allows boat trailer wheels to be completely submerged
    • Stops corrosion and pitting on bearings
  • Provides easily accessible grease fitting
    • Makes adding grease to the bearings quick and simple
  • Maintains slight, controlled pressure (3 psi) with spring-loaded piston, preventing water from entering hub
  • Prevents overfilling and rear seal damage with automatic pressure-relief feature
    • Grease seeps around piston edges and into barrel when full
  • Constructed of stainless steel internal parts and triple-chrome-plated steel barrel
    • Ensures longer-lasting fit than plastic or aluminum products
  • Includes rubber covers
  • Installs easily
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Fits 1.781" hub bore
    • Works with outer bearing model LM-11949
    • Works with outer bearing cup (race) model LM-11910
  • Lifetime warranty


Bearing Buddy installed diagram

Bearing Buddy Operation

Replace your existing grease cap with a Bearing Buddy to ensure a safe, easy way to monitor and control the level of grease in your axle hub. To adjust the amount of grease in the hub, use a grease gun to add more through the appropriate fitting. Adding grease moves the Bearing Buddy spring-loaded piston outward 1/8".

The O-ring inside the barrel of the Bearing Buddy maintains a seal from the outside. The interior of the Bearing Buddy is pressurized, preventing water from entering the barrel and diluting the grease.

An automatic pressure-relief feature is built into the Bearing Buddy. When the device is full, grease will seep around the edges of the piston and into the barrel. This prevents overfilling that can damage the inner seal.

You can manually check the grease level in your Bearing Buddy by pressing on the edge of the piston. If you can rock or move the piston, the hub is properly filled.



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Video of Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1781 - Chrome Plated (Pair)


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Trailer Bearings Races Seals and Caps Rebuild

Speaker 1: Today we're going to take you through the rebuild process on a couple of hubs. We've got an idler hub, and here we've got a hub and drum assembly. Works with electric rigs, but this can also work for just standard discs, if you've got a disc brake style setup.Basically what we're going to show you is how to get all of the bearings out. How to remove the seal. How to remove the race's if they're damaged, then get them replaced in the proper manner. We'll show you how to use an easy loop hub, which we have here.The first thing we are going to need to do is, get the grease cap off the end.

It can have either a rubber plug in it like this one does, or it can be a solid metal cap.These are pressed fit in there, basically by tapping on them on the back side. To remove them, a deadbolt hammer is typically what we're going to use. We're just going to start tapping as we go around. You'll see a little separation start right here, and slowly it'll work it's way off.Now the next step's going to vary a little bit depending on your axle setup. Do you see this is going to have a keeper that goes around the nut.

And that prevents that from being backed off, or removed. A lot of times you'll have a castle nut, which will have just little tabs that stick off, and there will be a cotter pin that passes through it. Just depending on your application, you need to get the keeper for the nut off. This style we just kind of pry out. A cotter pin you would just remove of course.Once we have that off ...

We'll start to take off the nut here, and the washer that's in behind it. Now yours should look a whole lot more dirty than this. There should be a lot of grease packed in, and through the hub, this one's brand new. We thought it'd be nice to show you the components before the grease was on .. Of our washer that comes off.And then here we're going to have our outer bearing.

Continue to pull that. We're gonig to have our inner bearing here. That sits in the backside of the hub. And we didn't put it in yet, we will show you how to put it in. But a seal would typically be covering the backside here. We'll show you how to use a seal removal tool, or another tool. To get that pried up and out. To get an access to that inner bearing.Now for a drum style like this, that process for disassembly is going to be just the same. One thing to keep in mind if you're using a disc brake setup. You'll have to remove the caliper before the disc is going to come off.Now once we have the spindle exposed, as we said this is going to be really greasy. We want to get all the grease removed, and the first thing we'll do is inspect it. We want to make sure that it looks just like what we have here. Everything's nice and smooth. We don't see any kind of discoloration, or any marring on the metal. Indicating that our bearing's got hot.If you do have any of those symptoms, at this point it's time to replace those bearings. You don't want to repack them. Get new bearings, and put in there. You might have a bearing that's come apart in here. Another surface to ensure is in good condition, is where your seal is going to go. That helps seal all the grease inside of our hub. With a damaged or broken seal, that grease is going to seep out. Either out of the hub, or in this case into our brake assembly.Now if your axle has brakes, we're also going to check the disc. Make sure it doesn't have any issues, or your hub. And this is going to be a hub and drum assembly. The brakes are going to ride on this machine surface. You're going to check that for signs of excessive heat, discoloration, or cracking. And this is our magnet surface. We'll check that surface for the same issues.Now inside the hub regardless if it's a disc brake, it's a drum brake like this. Or just a standard idler style hub. You're going to have an outer race. Would be right here, it's a small tapered piece of metal your bearing sits in, and rotates on. That's basically the outer portion of the bearing.You have the same thing here on the backside. This is called the inner race. Now if those show any signs of wear, overheating, or cracking. Those are also something we'll need to replace, which we'll show you how to do in just a minute.Now, with your brake assembly exposed, if you do have electric brakes like we have here. It's a good idea to check all the components for wear, cracking, maybe missing pieces. Check your pad thickness to make sure those are in good shape. Basically if you have a non working brake assembly and you put everything back together, you're just going to have to take it apart and do it all over again to get back to the brake assembly. This gives you a really good option to be able to change them out.And most applications are going to use a four, or maybe a five bolt flange to hold them in place. And you'll just remove the lock nuts, or sometimes you'll have a hex nut with a lock washer. You want to remove those, and then simply slide your assembly off after you cut the wiring.The friction material itself should also be checked for any kinds of cracking, or overheating. If you have any grease inside the system at all, it's likely it's gotten on those pads. It's a good idea to get those changed. Now as far as the removal of the races go, it's going to be just the same whether we're using an idler style hub like we have here. A drum brake like we have here. You can basically see where the idler is, here in the middle of the hub. It's going to go all the way around there, and we just have this extra material here to provide our braking surface.Now if you're doing a disc brake style job again, it's going to be just the same here with the races living inside of the actual hub portion. You'll just have the discs there for the brakes to make contact. We're going to use this little bit smaller one, it's a little bit easier to manage to show you how to get these out. We've talked about where the races are. The outer here, the inner being closer to the inside, but on the backside of the race there's a little lip. That lip's meant to stick out just a little bit further than the hub, and provide us an area to put our tool on, and help to drive that out.If you look all the way through there on that inner race, you'll see that little lip that sticks out just from the hub slightly, and it gives us enough area to use our tool on. Now generally to remove these you're going to use a punch, similar to this. Some guys will use a screwdriver. Or a piece of pipe. If you have a piece of pipe that's small enough to fit inside of that diameter, you can take that down through and allow it to rest on that lip.Use our punch, and then just need a hammer. And we'll start working that out. We're going to tap all the way around. Kind of equally, and evenly apply the force to get it to come on out of the bottom for us.You can see now as it starts to come out there's going to be a little gap created between the hub and the race. And we can just keep going, bringing it on out. Then you can inspect the inside of the hub surface there. Make sure no damage or anything has occurred, and repeat that same process for the outer race if you plan on removing and replacing that one.Now in the outer flat edge, you can see we're going to have our tapered edge on this side. If we roll our race over to the flat side, typically there's going to be a manufacturers part number on there. That will help you identify which race it is, that you need to go back in your system. If those are rubbed off, worn off, if you can't read them. You can measure the outside, to outside diameter of the race here. It's a good idea to use a micrometer to get it exact.Now here's your basic micrometer. And again, the outside of the race is what we're going to need to measure. You want to go . I set the thickest point there. Looks like this one's going to be about 1.98. That's going to be the measurement you'll want to supply.Now while we've got this out, let's also look at the proper way to measure our bearing. Instead of the outside for the bearing, we need to measure the inside diameter. That's going to be pretty simple. Let's pull that out, find the largest measurement we can. Which here, looks like it's going to be 1.03. With that information, we'll be able to get the correct bearing, and the correct race, so they'll fit together properly and make a full bearing kit for us.Now here's the race, we're going to show you how to get this put back in. Basically just going to press fit inside of our hubs. We need to get it down on there. Kind of like that. And you'll have a couple options. A lot of times you're going to see do it yourself or at homer, just going to use a wooden block. Just place it on there. That's going to get you started, but at that point you'll struggle in getting it to go all the way down into it's seat.Now to take care of that problem, there are several seal drivers that are available. Seal and race drivers that are available out there on the market. It's designed to fit down inside of our race, inside of our hub and get it down there where it needs to go. This is part number ptw83020, has several different sizes, even if you have multiple trailers it's going to do the job.Now the side with the angle on it, is designed to fit down inside of our race. If we use the other side, that's going to be for driving your seal into place. Just want to hold it, and take it on in with your hammer. You'll see, you just want to insure that our race is all the way up against that line on the hub where it's supposed to mate to.Now when it comes time to pack your bearings you're going to have several different ways of doing this. You can just use your hand, is the traditional method. That's going to be the method probably reserved for the very occasional trailer work kind of situation. If you do it once or twice a year, probably get away with it that way.Next you would go to a, kind of a sandwich funnel style almost. If you look inside of there, you can see the bearing. It's located between the two pieces. Just use a grease gun. Start filling that with grease, and that's going to fill our bearing for us. And the third, with this one you're just going to place your bearing down and in. It should be pretty close to center. And then we've got our cone her that's going to go down and secure that.Now I think this style, wastes a little bit more grease than what this style will. This has a dust cap. You can see, you can keep your grease in there, put your dust cap on there and save it for later use. This will be if your going to do it every couple years. And this particular style would be if you're a more regular user.Let's start by showing you how to use a bearing packer. Similar to this. Again, we've just got our grease inaudible 00:11:07 here on the top. And then just slowly start to fill it. Now I like this style quite a bit. I think even regular users might enjoy it, because you can get a really quick visual look at that bearing. You're not going to have to overdo it, or have to much grease.You can kind of see in there now, we're starting to get grease to come out of it. Couple more pumps, we'll be good. You can see we've got grease coming out all the way around. Where all of our bearings are. Got a little bit of excess there. Just take that around the outside of it. And then we should be able to lift it off. And now you can see what we we're talking about. Just a little bit of excess there, that you're just going to wind up wasting.Now we'll take our bearing, we're going to place it right down in our race. And then we'll cap off the back with our seal. Right now our seal's going to fit in just like our race did. It's going to have a little bit of a pressure fit to it. Now very often in this situation, I see people using the four by four method. Kind of here, just placing that on and tapping it. As an option though, if you do have one of these. You can see that's designed to fit right on the top of the seal. And help drive it in.The biggest thing here is, just going to be getting it driven in squarely. You can see, this side's in a little bit further than this side. I'm going to start this side first. Now since we didn't have the opportunity to show you before, we're going to take a look at pulling a seal. Now this is a seal puller, we carry this on our website part number ptw1219. This is meant to hook underneath the seal. And then you kind of pull up on it, and just like our race you'll have to work all the way around that edge. Just bringing it out a little at a time.If you don't have that available. Another option would be a screwdriver. You just kind of get that under the seal, and turn it. And see, that'll allow you to also pop that out. We've taken care of our race. Our inner bearing. Our seal. The last component, before we put our hub back in place is going to be our outer bearing. Now with this bearing, I'll show you the hand packing method.This is definitely . Slightly dirtier method than the bearing packer. When we get grease on our hand we want to look at the larger side of the bearing. This is the smaller side. We have a larger side In between the inside and outside there's a gap. We can see our rollers in there. We want to grab that, and use that gap and shove grease inside of it. Now this is going to take a little bit, you want to work in the same spot until you get the grease pushed all the way through. We can see on the top there we've got a little bit starting to come through.And once we push it in the bottom, and you see it start coming out the of the top in those little drips, it's going to indicate that, that section's fully packed. Just need to work all the way around their outside edge now and do the same thing. Alright, once that's all the way around . The bearing will be ready for use.Now one more thing I like to do. We can see our inner bearing there, and our outer bearing. Well between the two, got a pretty big gap in there. If you'll take a . Pretty good amount of grease. We're just going to go all the way around. See how we can go all the way around the inside and just line that really well. The more grease we have in here, the less chance we have of any moisture getting in there, which can cause corrosion, rust, pitting. Pretty much things we do not like when it comes to bearings, races, and hubs.Put plenty of grease in there. And then this one does have the easy lube spindle, that'll even fill it in more. Now we can get our assembly slid on. I like to keep my thumbs on that outer bearing, just to prevent it from . inaudible 00:15:28 pushed off there. Now we can put on the original hardware that we removed, in taking off our hub the first time. In our case, we had our washer and our nut.Now most commonly you'll see pliers similar to this being used. We basically want to get that tightened down. Once it's fully tightened down you'll feel some resistance in the hub. We back it off just slightly. That'll give us a little bit more freedom of motion there. Something you don't want however . Is any movement in, or out on your hub. You want to be sure that everything is compressed, and you don't have what's called end play. Which would be the play in and out.Once we've got that set, then you'll put on whatever tight keeper yours came with. Get that put back in place. Now with an easy lube style hub, you're going to place your grease gun on the end, and then you can just fill the remainder of that hub up.Now for your typical applications, you're either going to have a solid cap, or a cap that'll have a rubber plug in it. A solid cap's going to be for an axle without the grease inaudible 00:16:51 here on the end. Goes on there. Just knock it on with your rubber mallet. Same with the one with the plug. Just gives you a removable area there, be able to cap that off.We'll show you how to put that on. Now as alternatives as well, a lot of times on boat trailers and marine kind of situations. You'll see a bearing buddy. This is going to apply a little bit of pressure on the grease, you'll fill it up. This kind of comes out just a little bit. That applies constant pressure on the grease to make sure we don't have any air, or anything like that. Then there is also an oil bath hub available. Now this is going to be for use with seals that are going to be designed specifically for oil bath use. You'll have to change that seal.We're using a double lip seal. There are also single lip seals available. Of course a double lip seal is going to give you just a little additional security. Keep that in mind when you order. But let's get this knocked on there now so you can see how that works. We just want to take the cap, we're going to center it. This is going to be very similar to what we did with the seal. And then just gently start tapping it around the outside. And it'll seep down on there for you.It's really going to be the same thing that you'll do with any of the end caps. Now with this side done, it's a good idea to take care of all the other hubs. Get them all on the same maintenance schedule. And as long as you'll periodically check the grease, take your trailer out for a trip occasionally. Just to keep everything lubricated. It should extend the life of these parts, and give us years of good service.


Customer Reviews

Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1781 - Chrome Plated (Pair) - BB1781

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (45 Customer Reviews)

Provide your trailer wheel bearings with premium protection - replace your existing grease caps with Bearing Buddies. They install in seconds and provide an easy, safe way to monitor and control the level of grease in your axle hub.

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Everything arrived on time are all parts seem to be there so I think I'm in good shape 728924



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Simply fantastic service. Adjusted my order on the fly and made sure it got to me on time, for a hassle free long-distance trip. Thank you Carol! As for the product -- I went with 1980 SS in the end. Easy to install, load with grease. My trailer's wheels were blissfully silent across an 800 mile round trip. (Now to return the ones I didn't need...) 691406



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Great service and good value for produc ts 603402



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Fit perfectly - works as advertised 586573



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Works great! 560883



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These are a must for a boat trailer. I have them on my other boat and they work great. I appreciate your fast service and excellent advise. I will be ordering additional items in the next few weeks. 501232


Comments

I used Bearing Buddies on my other boat trailer. I grease them every year with marine grease and nvere had a problem.

Ronald - 04/28/2019

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Found just want I needed. I have use them a couple of times and I have always been pleased with the service. 484822



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Good product, price, and service! 476110



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Excellent product & great service... Would definitely buy from these guys again... 475071



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Went on in minutes. Works great! And great price! 474240



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Haven't put them on yet,, but was easy to order and receive. If I need anything else I will be e-mailing or calling. 432034



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If you do not have these on your trailer yet the question would be WHY NOT? An absolute staple for any boat trailer. Keeping your bearings in top shape is number one and this is THE product for it. 422896



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Great service!! Katie was very helpful 409143



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The Bearing Buddie worked great. I used it on my boat trailer, installing one on each wheel, easy to regrease after using it. Would definitely recommend it . 351381



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I'm extremely pleased with etrailer's service from purchase to delivery. Of course, the product, "Bearing Buddy", speaks for itself, always has been an excellent product. I will buy other items from etrailer.com as the need arises because they are competitive and service oriented. 330390



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So far so good! 332912



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They work great! 329950



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Ordering on line was very easy, the parts arrived in my mailbox in just a few days, and I live in Alaska! Thanks 321608



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I was trying to sell a boat and trailer, and when I put the buddy bearings on the trailer it was sold in two days, and the people said anyone who puts bearings on an old trailer takes care of his stuff.Thanks for the products. Terry. 311091



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It was fast and efficient and the price was good. 304750



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These units come with the bra covers included, and they installed easily. I used a block of tropical hard wood to protect it, then I hit it on with a small sledge hammer. This is one of those quick easy jobs you can do that will have long-term implications for the useful life of your trailer. They're of good quality, and I'm proud to have it on my rig. I packed them with a waterproof green grease, because of the climate where I live. Initially I tried to order from Amazon, but they didn't ship to Hawaii, which is plain awful. Thankfully eTrailer shipped ultra-fast and for a reasonable price. Will be returning here from now on for trailer stuff. 294254



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Though I have not installed these Bearing Buddies yet, this review is about the excellent customer service I received from eTrailer. My issue was grease flying from my bearings. The folks at eTrailer explained my issue, provided the necessary tool to measure the ID of my hub and directed me to the correct Bearing Buddy for my application. I have been a long-time customer of eTrailer and will continue to be! You can't beat the service and help they provide! 285058



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Very good. 279084



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Great customer service, when a part I ordered wasn't in stock, they quickly emailed with an alternate part that was available. 255881



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Received the wrong size first. The customer service was wonderful replaced with the right size and sent shipping label to send wrong ones back it's hard to find good service now days but they did great 252886



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Great product, works like it should. 239551



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Fast service and just what i needed will order again 232846



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The buddy bearing I purchased work great. Went right like it was supposed to, and won't have to go through the hassle to return it. 213009



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Great Service and Good Product... 207314



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Great product I would order products from etrailer again 201280



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great product 188133



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Best price out there, fast delivery 185892



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Honest Co. who stands behind their products and there word. Fast no hassle shipping 181859



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Very quick service. Parts were as expected and worked very well. Thanks! 163870



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Great fast service and very happy whit the product. 146736



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Fit and finish excellent. Rubber caps included a real bonus. Thanks 140982



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It was what I order 135284



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Products arrive much sooner than expected, same brand and quality as much costlier products I priced elsewhere. Free shipping was also appreciated. 130580



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GREAT PRODUCT, MAKES MAINTENCE A SNAP. 109149



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I like them 107899



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Just received my order, great product, super fast shipping. Will be ordering again soon . Thanks for the great service. jerryw 98354



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Just received my order, great product, super fast shipping. Will be ordering again soon . Thanks for the great service. jerryw 98352



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I wasn't sure if these would fit integral hub rims from the 50's, but sure enough, they did. They fit pretty tight, so I'm not worried about losing them, and they will save the headaches of pulling the bearings every year to re-pack them, as long as the springs have a little compression on them, I know they're good to go. 16129



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Bearing Buddy's worked sweet.. 16018



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  • Bearing Buddy That Fits 2.7 Inch Hub Bore
  • We do have a Bearing Buddy which fits a similar dimension as the 2-3/4" you referenced but I do recommend using a digital caliper and measuring your hub bore size to the thousandths of an inch to ensure you get the correct fit. For a 2-3/4" hub bore the closest fit we have are Bearing Buddies that fit a 2.717" hub bore, the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 2717SS - Stainless Steel # BB2717SS and the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 2717 - Chrome Plated # BB2717. I...
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  • Shorelander Wheel Hub Stud Recommendation
  • Looks like you have a spline diameter of .56 inches and and threaded portion of 1/2 inch which is very popular. For that you'd want the part # K12WB2. I attached a picture that has a dimensional diagram for you to check out as well.
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  • Bearing Buddy Sizes Compatible for Hub 2 Inch Inner Diameter
  • There are a couple of sizes close to your 2 inch diameter. If you measured with a digital caliper that goes to the thousandths like # 301-17068 then that will be much easier to determine the fit. We have the 2.047 inch # BB2047 in chrome plated or # BB2047SS in stainless steel. We also have the 2.080 inch # BB2080 in chrome of # BB2080SS in stainless steel. If it is smaller we have the 1.80 inch # BB1980A-SS in stainless steel. The fit should be snug to prevent leaks...
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  • Which Bearing Buddies Fit Titan Trailer Hub T1721400042
  • Trailer hub # T1721400042 uses outer bearing LM11949 so you can use Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1781 - Chrome Plated (Pair) Item # BB1781. Or you can use Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1781SS - Stainless Steel (Pair) Item # BB1781SS for a stainless steel version.
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation to Replace Trailer Hub Cap Measures 1-7/8 inch
  • Just under 1-7/8 inch would put you very close to what the Bearing Buddy part # BB1781 is designed to fit as it fits hub bores that measure 1.781 inch. Ideally you'd verify this with a digital caliper like part # PTW80157.
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation for Hub Bore that is 2.328 inches
  • That would mean that you have a Bearing Buddy designed for a 2.328 inch hub bore and you would need the part # BB2328 as a replacement.
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  • What Size Bearing Buddy to Replace 2-7/16-Inch Grease Cap
  • The best way to measure hub bore to determine which Bearing Buddy size you need is with a digital caliper. If you do not own one you may be able to borrow or rent one from a local auto parts store. Your other option is to obtain the outer bearing number from your trailer. You may be able to obtain the bearing number without having to pull it from the spindle; try wiping it clean of grease to see if the bearing number can be read. The size you quoted, 2-7/16 inches, corresponds to...
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  • How to Pick out Bearing Buddies
  • In order to pick out the correct bearing buddy you will need know the pilot hole of your hub. To do this, remove the wheel and tire and remove the grease cap from the center of the hub. Usually it is a metal cap that is just lightly hammered into place. Use a screwdriver to pry off the cap. Clean the grease off and measure the opening. I have included a video demonstrating the Bearing Buddy. The Bearing Buddies # BB1980A-SS that you referenced are for hubs with a 1.980 inch hub bore.
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  • How to Measure for Correct Bearing Buddy Size
  • You will want to use a digital caliper to measure the inner diameter of the hub bore, where the grease cap sits. When choosing a Bearing Buddy, you will want to choose one that is a few thousandths of an inch larger than the hub bore opening. I have attached a link to all of our Bearing Buddy parts for you.
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  • Determining Bearing Buddy Size For Folding Trailer
  • The best way to find the correct Bearing Buddy for your folding trailer is by checking the numbers on the outer bearing. I have attached a photo that shows where the numbers can typically be found. You can use those numbers to find the correct Bearing buddy that will work for you. Another way to find the correct Bearing Buddy is by measuring the hub bore. You will need a caliper to get an accurate measurement. After getting the measurement you can choose the Bearing Buddy that fits....
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  • How To Tell What Size Bearing Buddy Is Needed for My Trailer Hubs
  • The portion you need to measure is not the cap, but the the hub bore. Remove the grease caps and measure the diameter of the opening the caps occupy. This is the hub bore. You will need an accurate measuring devices like a set of dial calipers that is accurate to 3 decimal places. The Bearing Buddy pair you were looking at, part # BB1781, fits a 1.781 inch hub bore. The measurement you find should match exactly or very close to one of the measurements displayed on the Bearing Buddy page...
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  • How To Determine Which Bearing Protectors or Grease Caps for 1999 Triton Aluminum PWC Trailer
  • In order to recommend dust caps or bearing protectors, I'd need to know the outer wheel bearing reference number. You could also use an accurate measuring device like a digital caliper to measure the diameter of the hub bore. If you could reply with either, I'd be happy to make a recommendation. I've edited a photo for you showing the information I need to make a suggestion.
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  • How to Pick Out Bearing Buddy for a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • In order to pick out the correct bearing buddy you will need know the pilot hole of your hub. To do this, remove the wheel and tire and remove the grease cap from the center of the hub. Usually it is a metal cap that is just lightly hammered into place. Use a screwdriver to pry off the cap. Clean the grease off and measure the opening with a mircometer. I have included a video demonstrating the Bearing Buddy. The Bearing Buddies # BB1980A-SS that you referenced are for hubs with a...
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  • How Does a Bearing Buddy Get Installed and Removed
  • Installing Bearing Buddies like # BB1781 is fairly straight forward. I have included a link to a video and if you fast forward to about the 5:20 minute mark, our installer puts one on. He lines it up first and gives it a tap to get started. Then he places a block of wood over the end of the Bearing Buddy. The block of wood disperses the force of the hammer used to tap it into place. To remove a Bearing Buddy I would use a rubber mallet and gently tap it on the sides to unseat it.
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  • Can Bearing Buddy Be Installed on Trailer Hub If Spindle Has Grease Fitting
  • You can use Bearing Buddies on a trailer with EZ lube spindles but you'll have to remove the zerk fitting so that the Bearing Buddy can fit over it. To pick out Bearing Buddies that fit your hub you'll need to measure the diameter of your hub bore where the cap installs and pick out a Bearing Buddy that matches this. For example, the part # BB1781 fits a hub bore that measures 1.781 inches.
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  • How To Determine What Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors Will Work With Trailer Hub
  • A tape measure is really not the best way to measure the hub bore on your trailer to find the right size Bearing Buddy. I recommend a digital caliper like part # PTW80157 to make sure you get the most accurate measurement. If you find your hub bore measure 1.781 inches then part # BB1781 would work great for your trailer. If your hub bore measures 1.980 inches, part # BB1980A would be a great fit.
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  • Possible Bearing Buddy to Fit Hub Bore Near 1.75 inch
  • The closest we have to that size is the Bearing Buddy # BB1781 which is for a hub bore of 1.781 inch. You might remeasure your hub bore to see if this would be the correct size or not.
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  • How to Pick Out Replacement Hubs for Mobile Home Axles
  • You would have to contact your local DOT to find out if the tires/wheels/hubs you have are street legal in your area. Typically mobile home axles are set up for one time use so relying on them for any length of time might not be the best idea. You can also try contacting HADCO directly to see if they recommend your specific hub for highway use. You may find that you need to replace your hubs. In order to pick out the correct hub assembly for a trailer you are going to need know a few...
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation for a Harbor Freight Trailer
  • I actually called Harbor Freight about your trailer to determine what size dust cap is used on that trailer. I reached a tech and he stated that the dust cap is 52mm or 2.0488 inches. It looks like the best option is # BB2047 or # BB2047SS . However, you normally want them to be slightly larger than the hub bore to fit snugly.
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  • Bearing Buddy for 1.98 and 2.13 Inch Trailer Hub Center Hole
  • First I would get the hubs matched up because if they are different sizes that can lead to uneven wear of the tires and suspension components. Not to mention you would have to buy two sets of replacement parts all the time. But if the 2 hubs are on two different axles, that makes more sense. We have a lot of options for the 1.98 size. I have included a link to them on the right. For just a regular set use # BB1980A. The 2.13 is more difficult because it is in between sizes. If you...
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  • Can Trailer Dust Caps, Grease Caps, and Bearing Protectors Fall Off By Themselves
  • Dust covers can indeed fall off on their own if they are not driven in correctly. If they are crooked then what happens is when the wheels are turning the cover will look like its wobbling (like a washing machine off balance) and gradually it being off center will cause it to work itself free. It is possible that the shop did not drive them in all the way. This seems to happen more with bearing protectors like # BB1781 that you have referenced because they can be a little more tricky...
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  • How to Add Grease to Super Lube Trailer Hub with Rear Grease Zerk Fitting
  • The rear side of a Super Lube hub has a grease zerk fitting that works like the one on a Bearing Buddy grease cap such as # BB1781. These zerk fittings let you add wheel bearing grease to the hub interior without having to remove it from the spindle. The claimed advantage of the Super Lube hub is that the rear zerk fitting gives you the same grease fill convenience as a Bearing Buddy but without the risk of blowing out the rear grease seal from the pressure of pumping in too much grease....
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  • Choosing Correct Bearing Buddy Size for 2001 Coleman Taos Tent Camper
  • The particular bearing buddy you reviewed, part # BB1781, fits a hub bore of 1.781 inches and an outer bearing number LM-11949 Trailer and camper manufacturers may use different components in their products from one production run to another, so the only sure way to know what bearings are used in your Coleman Taos camper is to pull the wheel and hub and check the outer bearing number. Please refer to the photo provided. The next best method is to measure the hub bore using a digital...
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  • How to Measure Hub to Select Bearing Buddy Grease Cap
  • I reviewed your photo and other photos of your H-F 90154 folding trailer and it appears to have grease caps far larger than 0.984-inches. It sounds like you were quoted a bearing dimension, not a grease cap dimension. What I suggest you do is remove one of the standard grease caps and measure the inside bore of the hub. You will need a caliper like # PTW80157 to measure to the nearest thousandth of an inch, e.g. 1.234-inches. You can then use the linked page to check for a Bearing Buddy...
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  • How To Tell If Bearing Buddy Has Enough Grease
  • The great thing about Bearing Buddy like part # BB1781 is that when you add grease to your system with the included fitting, it will move the spring-loaded piston outward and allow grease to seep around the edges to keep from damaging the seal. You can manually check the Bearing Buddy to be sure it has enough grease. All you need to do is press the edge of the piston. If you can move or rock the piston it has enough grease. I have attached a drawing of a Bearing Buddy you can check...
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  • Need Bearing Buddy for 2-1/8 Inch Diameter Trailer Hub Bore
  • The closest Bearing Buddy we have to a 2-1/8 measurement is going to be a slightly larger set that measures 2.240 inches, # BB2240 or # BB2240SS. In order to determine the correct Bearing Buddy for your trailer, the best way is to get the inner and outer bearing numbers on the bearings and/or the number on the outer cup (race). The Bearing Buddy part numbers listed above fit 1700 series outer bearings with race model 1729.
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  • Availability of Bearing Buddy Between Size 1.98 inches and 2.33 inches
  • Like 2.047 inches? For that we have the # BB2047. Or for 2.24 inches we have the # BB2240. Your best option is to use a digital caliper like the part # PTW80157 to measure the bore of the hub to pick out the size that will fit it.
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  • Trailer Bearing Protector for a Hub with a 2-1/16 Inch Bore
  • I can determine the correct bearing protector if you can provide me with the inner and outer bearing numbers stamped into the metal of the existing bearings on the trailer. Otherwise, I will need the most accurate measurement possible of the hub bore using dial calipers. We do not have a bearing protector that measures 2.0625 (2-1/16 inches) but normally they are slightly larger than the hub bore for a tight fit. You may need a 2.08 like # BB2080SS. Knowing the inner and outer bearing...
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