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Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1968SS - Stainless Steel (Pair)

Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1968SS - Stainless Steel (Pair)

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Great for marine applications; the stainless steel construction provides the best in corrosion resistance. The design makes Bearing Buddy an easy way to protect your bearings by keeping water out and ensuring enough grease is in the hub. Lowest Prices for the best trailer bearings races seals caps from Bearing Buddy. Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1968SS - Stainless Steel (Pair) part number BB1968SS 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 - BB1968SS

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

Great for marine applications; the stainless steel construction provides the best in corrosion resistance. The design makes Bearing Buddy an easy way to protect your bearings by keeping water out and ensuring enough grease is in the 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
    • 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 1968SS - Stainless Steel (Pair) - BB1968SS

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (24 Customer Reviews)

Great for marine applications; the stainless steel construction provides the best in corrosion resistance. The design makes Bearing Buddy an easy way to protect your bearings by keeping water out and ensuring enough grease is in the hub.

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Everything was just as I ordered and arrived when they said it would. I usually like to shop locally around home. I went to every parts house and RV store in town and no one had any of the things I needed in stock and told me they couldn't get it from their vendors. I got on etrailer and they had everything I needed in stock. I ordered it on Nov 7th around 9 pm and received it on Nov 13th at 5 pm. I spent enough money to qualify for free shipping and was happy with how quick it arrived. When I need parts for my trailers again, etrailer will be the first place I look. 453162



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Fell off one side, not sure what to bla me. 673827



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Good product, wouldn't be without them. 643855



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I have had excellent service and pricing from etrailer! The representatives are very knowledgable and friendly when you call in an order or with questions! Great Company! 851268



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Product shipped quickly, easy to install, works perfect!! These Bearing Buddies are not messy, they don't leak grease onto your wheels when traveling. Very satisfied!! 787033



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I replaced the entire brake system on a EZ loader trailer. Not difficult at all and everything fit perfectly. What an improvement! I had difficulty finding bearing buddies that work even after I carefully measured the diameters but the BB1968SS fit perfectly. Installed last year and no problems to date. 756960



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Bearing fit my older trailer perfectly! Great quality and excellent service! I will use them again for trailer parts. 672075



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Just what I needed, and shipped quick! 665709



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Did not fit the China made utility trailer. But got the right one through etrailer. All is great now... thanks etrailer. 646918



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great quality and look great! Just can't get them to stay in the hub! Seems like pressure pushes them back out! 629265



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seem to work great, no issues past year, also appreciated great patience by etrailer when not once but twice I ordered the wrong size and returned them, the third time got it right. 572591



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just rec'd and installed. no update on performance. 562175



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Perfect as usual. Thanks 556509



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The Stainless Steel Bearing Buddies worked great on my small boat trailer and the staff at etrailer were very helpful ordering the correct parts. 445007



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Product was as described. Delivery was quick. Would order from here again. 431443



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Excellent quality and craftsmanship. Well machined. No issue installing this pair on a Harbor Freight Tools 1090 lbs. Capacity 40-1/2 in x 48 in Utility Trailer (SKU 90153) - but be sure to measure your wheel hubs, because sizes may change over time. 173236



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A+ in every way!!!!! Perfect!!!! 168438



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I have used these on every trailer I have owned, not just the boat trailer. I have never had a bearing failure and I attribute it to the fact that I have these on the trailers I have used. I would not own a trailer that did not have these on it. 121590



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quality product 105293



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I am building a custom steel bumper for my 4X4 Landcruiser and will be using your products to construct the swing away spare tire and gas can attachments. 100284



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BEARING BUDDIES ARE THE BEST AND SO IS ETRAILER! 41243



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I purchased the trailer bearing buddy and am very impressed with the quality and ease of installation. Etrailer was the only place I could find my size in stock. Great customer service and very fast shipping. Great E business! 20507


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

  • 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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  • Correct Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors for 2,000 Lb Trailer Idler Hub Assembly
    If you have the Trailer Idler Hub Assembly part # AKIHUB-440-2-G-1K then the correct Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors for you are part # BB1980A-SS, not part # BB1968SS.
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation for Trailer with Hub Bore of 1.975
    It sounds like the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protector # BB1968SS is exactly the Bearing Buddy you would need since it is designed for 1.968 in hub bores and your measurement is very close to that. If you wanted to be absolutely sure I would recommend you pull the outer bearing to see what you have. You most likely will have a M-12649 or 07100 bearing, and if you do then the # BB1968SS would be the correct kit for you.
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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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  • Grease Cap Recommendation for a Hub with 55 mm Bore
    55 mm is right at 1.968 inches, so the correct grease cap you would need would be the Bearing Buddy part # BB1968SS.
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation for Hub Bore of 1.97 inches
    For a hub bore of 1.97 inches going with a Bearing Buddy part # BB1968SS would be the closest match. The .02 inch difference would only mean the Bearing Buddy would fit slightly easier.
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  • Recommended Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors for 1.97 Inch Hub Bore
    The closest match we have to the 1.97 inch measurement you took on your hub bore is with the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors # BB1968SS. These are designed for 1.968 inch hub bores so they should work well on your trailer. The .002 inch difference is just going to allow for a slightly easier fit. These stainless steel bearing protectors will resist corrosion and do a great job of keeping water and dirt out of your hubs and bearings. I have attached an installation video for this product...
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  • Bearing Buddy Bearing Protector Replacement Options
    The Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors, # BB1968SS, are designed to keep grease from exiting and water and dirt from entering. These bearing protectors come with an automatic pressure-relief feature to prevent overfilling. The grease will seep around the piston and into the barrel when it is full. You should not add additional grease once the Bearing Buddy is full to prevent the seal from blowing out. I would also recommend using the Bearing Buddy Grease Seal Set, # BB60002. These seals...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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