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Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1968 - Chrome Plated (Pair)

Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1968 - 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 1968 - Chrome Plated (Pair) part number BB1968 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Bearing Buddy Trailer Bearings Races Seals Caps - BB1968

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

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 1.968" hub bore
    • Works with outer bearing models M-12649 and 07100
    • Works with outer bearing cup (race) models M-12610 and 07196
  • 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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Customer Reviews

Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1968 - Chrome Plated (Pair) - BB1968

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (23 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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They were very patient, helpful, and pleasant. Also very efficient, a good experience.



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just installed very easy to do .



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I am so happy to get these Bearing buddies. It will save me so much money. I can grease the bearings easily, without hassle and without taking it in to pay someone to do it.


Comments
The bearing buddies are excellent. I travel for a living and it is hard to take the tires off to do the bearings while living in an RV park. Now, I can just pull the plastic dust seal and do it in a matter of minutes. I will definitely use them again if I have another trailer that doesnt have access for lubing the bearings.
Mark N - 04/30/2018



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Well made product. The spring loaded grease feeder was a nice touch.



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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...)



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Shipped earlier than expected. Quality name brand product with boot accessory for better price. Just received and installed in 10 minutes Great Value Strongly Recommend seller 5 stars !


Comments
Still keeping my hubs dry, I take my jet skis to the lake 2 to 3 times a month during summer Trailer stays in the water for up to 6 hrs each time No complaints ..just always keep the bearing preloaded with grease
GregL - 09/13/2017



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Excellent name brand product - Bearing Buddies. Quick and efficient delivery and the price was very competitive!



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Service at etrailer has been great. These Bearing Buddies are the best, and the pricing is great too. If you ever have a problem, the staff is always there to help you.



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Bearing buddies fit perfectly and arrived quite fast. I will do business with etrailer again.



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Bearing buddies take much of the concern out of pulling my trailer. thanks



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Easy to order on line. Item shipped quickly and arrived prior to the expected date. Product exactly as ordered. Fits great and no more worrying about failed bearing do to improper lubrication.



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The price was low and the shipping cheap and fast. I'd definately use etrailer again.



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Great Service, prompt delivery, but I ordered the wrong size



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Bearing buddies what can I say great pr oduct!!!



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bearing were as pictured. work fine and were competitively priced. Were shipped fast and delivered on time..



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A great product at a fair price. Also arrived earlier than expected. Will use them again.



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Solid product



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good product at a reasonable price. Shipped quickly.


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Ask the Experts about this Bearing Buddy Trailer Bearings Races Seals Caps

  • What is Next Size Smaller Bearing Buddy than One with 1.98 inch Outer Diameter
    Bearing Buddy does have a size that is slightly smaller than the 1.98 inch one you already tried with the # BB1968 or stainless steel # BB1968SS. It's .012 of an inch smaller in diameter which sounds like exactly what you are looking for.
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  • Recommended Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors for Hubs with Bore of 1.986-Inches
    It sounds like you are looking for a Bearing Buddy bearing protector with a grease zerk fitting for your hub that has a 1.986-inch inner diameter. We offer two choices for your pop-up, either chrome-plated Bearing Buddy # BB1968 or the stainless steel version # BB1968SS. Both kits include two Bearing Buddy protectors and two flexible covers. Take some care when initially filling the protectors with grease to avoid over-filling that could blow out your inner grease seal.
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  • Choosing Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors for Timeout Motorcycle Tent Trailer
    Bearing Buddy bearing protectors are offered in many sizes to fit a wide range of hub bores. The linked page will show you all parts which you can sort based on the measurement you take of your hub bore. You want to choose the Bearing Buddy with an outer diameter that is closest to your hub bore measurement. Please refer to the linked photo for illustration of the needed measurement. You will need a precision digital or dial caliper to measure your hub bore to the nearest thousandth,...
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation to Replace Dust Cap that Measures 1.964 inches
    The closest Bearing Buddy we offer which would be a fit is the part # BB1968. This fits the outside diameter of the cap you mentioned as it measures 1.968 inches.
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  • Which Bearing Buddy Do I Need on My Utility Trailer
    Since the 1.98 inch is just slightly too large then more than likely the 1.968 inch # BB1968 is going to be your fit. To find out for sure which Bearing Buddy you need you can check your bearings. If your outer bearing is M12649 or 07100 then you need the 1.968 inch. If you have outer bearing models L44643, L44649 or L44640 then you will need a 1.98 inch Bearing Buddy # BB1980A. Or if your outer bearing is model 09067 then you need the 1.938 inch # BB1938.
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation for Trailer Where BB1938 Was Slightly Too Small
    If the 1938 Bearing Buddy was too small the next biggest size is the # BB1968 which is for a hub bore of 1.968 inches. Since this is pretty close to what you thought you had and is slightly larger this would most likely be it.
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  • How to Determine the Right Size Bearing Buddy for a Ranger Utility Trailer
    Instead of measuring the dust cap you have, measure the hub bore where the dust cap fits. You need the most accurate measurement possible so using dial or digital calipers is the way to go. Usually the dust cap or bearing protector outer diameter is slightly larger than the hub bore. this is so you have a very tight fit. It sounds like you might actually need a 1.98 inch, which is more common. But measuring the hub bore should tell us. In the event that the hub bore returns a similar...
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  • Threaded Bearing Buddy Recommendation for a 1.980 Diamter Hub Bore
    The Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors # BB1980T-SS that you referenced is the closest threaded bearing buddy we offer to yours that measures 1.85 inches in diameter. This bearing buddy is designed to work on hub bores that measure 1.98 inches. You might try measuring yours again and be sure to get an exact measurement with a dial or digital caliper.
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  • What Bearing Buddy Fits the CE Smith Trailer Hub Assembly with 1.98" Hub Diameter
    The CE Smith Trailer Hub Assembly # CE13100 has L44643 inner and outer bearings and a hub inner diameter of 1.98 inches. The Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A w/ Auto Check - Chrome Plated # BB1980A fit 1.98 inch hub bores and work with several bearing models including the L44643. I have attached an installation video for your reference.
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  • Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors for 1.975 Hub Bore Diameter
    The closest Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors we have to matching the 1.975" inner hub bore diameter you measured are part # BB1968 for Chrome or # BB1968SS for Stainless Steel (rust resistance). As you mentioned in your question these are designed to fit a 1.968" hub bore, so it doesn't match your dimension exactly but it's close enough to fit and work great (this is a difference of just 0.007"). The hub bore is going to be tapered as well which will further seal this cap in place. I...
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  • Recommended Replacement Hubs and Bearing Buddies for Boat Trailer
    Choosing replacement hubs for your trailer requires matching up the bearing set used, axle weight capacity and wheel bolt pattern so that everything fits together properly. Once you have these details handy you can use the link provided to see all replacement hubs. First at the top of the page choose idler hubs, hub/drums or hub/discs. Then use the filters on the page to choose your bolt pattern (we'll use 5-on-4-1/2 as an example), inner and outer bearings, axle capacity, etc. For...
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  • Recommended Replacement 1.975-Inch Dust Cap for Heartland Trailer with 3500-lb Axles
    For a standard grease cap close to your original's 1.975-inch diameter you can use part # F001610 which is 1.960-inches. If your hubs are not threaded, then for a Bearing Buddy protector you can use stainless steel part # BB1968SS or chrome-plated part # BB1968.
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  • Will Tire and Wheel Combo AM30820 Fit a Trailer Hub that Uses Wheel Bolts Instead of Lug Nuts
    What you have are wheel bolts and a hubcentric hub. This means that the wheels center on the hub using the center pilot hole. The pilot home then has to be exact, otherwise the wheel cannot be properly centered. The pilot hole on tire and wheel combo # AM30820 is 3.19 inches. Compare that to the pilot hole on the wheels you have to determine if this tire and wheel combo will fit. If it will then you can use it. There could be slight variations in the measurements for the Bearing...
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  • Bearing Protectors for a Trailer with a 1.950 Inch Hub Bore
    The closest fit of any bearing protector we have to a 1.950 hub bore is going to be either # BB1968SS for stainless steel or # BB1968 for chrome plated. These are designed to fit a hub bore of 1.968 inches. Bearing protectors are often slightly larger than the hub bore for a tight fit. But 0.018 inches still might be too large to fit. Make sure that when you measure you are using dial or digital calipers for the most accurate measurement. It also might help if you can tell me the...
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  • Recommended Replacement Hubs for Boat Trailer
    Choosing replacement hubs for your trailer requires matching up the bearing set used, axle weight capacity and wheel bolt pattern so that everything fits together properly. Once you have these details handy you can use the link provided to see all replacement hubs. First at the top of the page choose idler hubs, hub/drums or hub/discs. Then use the filters on the page to choose your bolt pattern (we'll use 5-on-4-1/2 as an example), inner and outer bearings, axle capacity, etc. For...
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation for a Trailer Hub with 1.974 Bore
    The closest bearing buddy we have would be the 1.980 part # BB1980A that it sounds like already tried. The next smallest size we have is the 1.968 part # BB1968 which unless you measured wrong would be too small. I am surprised you couldn't get the # BB1980A to fit. That should be close enough to make it work, it could be that you need to use a hammer and a board to lightly tap it into place.
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  • Replacement Idler Hub Assemblies And Wheels For Boat Trailer
    My thoughts are you have a really badly marred spindle, but that many flats is still crazy. You are most likely overloading your axle with the weights you gave. The cuts into your spindle are not good and could be from a bearing seized up that could cause issues for sure including a blown tire. If you want to swap out the hub, as long as your inner diameter on your bearings is 1 inch, the Trailer Idler Hub Assembly for 2,000-lb Axles - 4 on 4 # AKIHUB-440-2-1K will work very well....
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  • What Size Bearing Buddy Is Needed For A Hub Bore Size Of 1.940 Inches On A 1951 Utility Trailer
    I have a Bearing Buddy Bearing Protector, # BB1938, which fits a 1.938 inch hub bore. This would be the closet to your measurement of 1.940 inches and should work in your hub. The next closest size I would have is the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protector, # BB1968, it fits a 1.968 inch hub bore. The Bearing Buddy Bearing Protector, # BB2047, you have referenced fits a 2.047 hub bore, which would be too big for your trailer.
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