Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A-SS w/ Auto Check - Stainless Steel (Pair)

Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A-SS w/ Auto Check - Stainless Steel (Pair)

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  • Bearing Buddy
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 1980A-SS w/ Auto Check - Stainless Steel (Pair) part number BB1980A-SS 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 - BB1980A-SS

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
  • Allows visual monitoring of grease levels with blue indicator ring
    • Ring sits flush with top of cylinder when full
    • If ring is below top, add grease to move piston outward 1/8"
  • 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 1.980" hub bore
    • Works with outer bearing models L-44643, L-44649 and L-44640
    • Works with outer bearing cup (race) model L44610
      • Commonly found on 2,000-lb, 2,500-lb and 3,500-lb Dexter axles
  • 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.

The blue indicator ring allows you to visually monitor the amount of grease in your hub. The ring should sit flush with the top of the cylinder. If the ring is below the top of the cylinder, add grease until the piston moves 1/8" outward.



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




Video Transcript for Bearing Buddy Trailer Bearings Races Seals Caps - Caps - BB1980A-SS Review

Today we're going to take a look at the stainless steel bearing buddy protectors. This part is for a quantity for 2. The bearing buddy design is a very easy way to protect your barrings by keeping water out and ensuring enough grease is in the hub. These are great for marine applications. The stainless steel construction will provide the best in corrosion resistant. These are designed to replace the grease cap that's in your axle hub. This will help prevent wheel bearing failure.

What it does is it will keep water and dirt out of your hubs and your bearings. It allows your boat trailer wheels to be completely submerged in the water. It'll stop corrosion and pitting on your bearings. It provides this nice easily acceptable grease fitting right here. It makes adding grease to the bearings very quick and simple. It does maintain a slight controlled pressure.

About 3 PSI with the spring loading piston. It prevents water from entering the hub. It does allow visual monitoring of grease levels with the blue indicator ring right in there. The ring will sit flushed with the top of the cylinder when it's full. If the ring is below the top, you just add a little grease to move the piston outward.

It also prevents overfilling and rear seal damage with automatic pressure relief feature. The grease will seep out around the piston edges and in to the barrel when it's full. Again, this is constructed of stainless steel. It ensures a longer lasting fit than your plastic or aluminum products like this. It does include the rubber covers that go over it. It installs very easily.

You just tap them on like your grease cap. They are made in the USA. Specs on this, it's designed to fit the 1.98 hub boar. Basically that's this part here that taps in to your hub. Just to give you an idea, there's the 1.98. It is designed to work with hubs that have outer bearing part numbers of L44643, L44649 and L44640. Those bearings are usually commonly found on 2,000 pound, 2,500 pound and 3,500 pound dexter axles. That should do it for the review on the stainless steel bearing buddy bearing protectors for a quantity of 2.


Customer Reviews

Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A-SS w/ Auto Check - Stainless Steel (Pair) - BB1980A-SS

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (380 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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Working just as expected. Sure is great not to get any grease on the wheel or in the water! 574914



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Product is clean and we'll packaged 575848



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Stainless is the only way to go for a boat trailer ! 564488



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Bearing buddys are the way to go. Hoping they fit my aplacation. etrailer is a great place to get yr trailer parts. 571922



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I have been working on a boat and trailer that I got in a government surplus auction. The trailer is a triple axle and needed quite a bit of work. I replaced one axle and the brake lights. I am in the process of replacing all of the brakes, tires, bearings and seals. I am about half way done with the trailer and so far I have been very happy with the parts I have received from etrailer. I have not been able to road test them yet but installation has been great. I intend on getting a majority of the parts I need to finish the project from etrailer. The video overviews and installation instructions have been very helpful. Looking forward to sharing more pictures when the project is done. 318476



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I bought a used boat with rusty rims leaking at the beads. I ordered 4 new galvanized rims here for 1/2 what I could get them for locally (and I live in Florida, surrounded by boats). The rims are excellent, hot-dipped galvanized, no flaws, mounted easily as they should, and are of very good quality. Some reviewers didn't like the "roughness" of the rims, said they weren't "polished" enough for them. They don't know anything about rims. All galvanized rims are shiny and rough when new, gray and rough when exposed to the air after a while. If you want polished, shiny rims, buy aluminum or chrome steel rims, then spend your weekends washing and waxing them to try and fend off corrosion and rust. I'd rather be boating than cleaning rims any day :-) 134450



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The Bearing Buddies are the best product available for extending bearing life and preventing problems. But more important is the fact that I had an issue that required Etrailer to send me another Bearing Buddy. It was no fault of the product or the company but I had explained the problem to them in an email and it was taken care of NO QUESTIONS ASKED. That alone makes me an Etrailer customer for life and I will be buying all my trailer needs from them....NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Thank you Etrailer. 307861



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I just installed stainless steel bearing buddies on my new zodiac trailer. This product is excellent quality and went in seamlessly with some tapping against a block of wood. The more important reason for this review is my appreciation of the customer service I received form eTrailer. Before turning to eTrailer, I originally purchased a set of bearing buddies locally which were purportedly the same size but did not fit. After trying a size down which were way too small, I finally borrowed a micrometer and purchased the original size buddies from eTrailer. Would have saved myself a lot of trouble had I just gone to eTrailer in the first instance. Customer service was excellent. Katie stayed in touch with me throughout by email and even telephoned me to ensure I was on track and satisfied. Imagine that? No doubt, eTrailer will be my "go to" company for all my trailer needs. 316262



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As in the past, received my ordered items in no time at all. The installation was quite easy, as was the filling of grease. Make sure if/when you order new Bearing Buddies for your trailer that you remember to order some new fresh "rear grease seals" at the same time! In fact, it's good to have a 'spare set' of the rear seals on hand. Lastly, when I do any long distances with my trailer, I bring along my tool kit, one spare set of bearings and seals, small amount of grease and my small little 'bottle jack' (the little jack is carried on the trailer, so you don't have to empty the car trunk should you ever need to fix a flat). Also, you'll be able to help another stranded motorist should "their" trailer fall victim to failed bearings! 255142


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The Buddy equipment is hanging in there, still putting on the miles with no problems. Would surely order again whenever the need arises.

Paul - 01/23/2018

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Have used these for years and are better than regular but they still fall off on rough roads. Probably because they are heavy. I find the indicators very useful as they let me know when there is grease pressure in the hubs. 150,000 salt water trailer miles without a bearing failure! 198604


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The set was purchased because one of mine fell off the hub. Product works OK but they still leak grease over time and require constant attention to keep appropriately filled. Worst mistake is to completely fill a hub with cold grease . Insures the hot grease will pop off the Buddy or expel the grease.

thlamers - 05/29/2016

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The bearing buddys work as advertised and am very glad I purchased them. I may need another pair as we are considering trading up to a larger trailer. 134800


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I no longer own the trailer but the product is a good one.The new trailer we purchased has fittings and see through covers from the factory.

Ronald P - 06/09/2015

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had to replace a hub recently, so all the bearings, seals and races were replaced on both sides received the bearing buddies & had them installed shortly after approx 15 minutes, then added grease fit well, can't wait to get back in the water 193094


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They save me a lot of work. Ive had no trouble since installing them thanks for following up

Joe K - 06/17/2016

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I just got the product installed so I do not know the long term yet. The delivery was slow and hung up due to the ice we had here in the southeast. We're not used to this stuff here in SC. :( Hence my collapsed shelter in 2 boats! :( :( However, I would like to say: The sales staff was most helpful. Very professional and friendly. Very easy to work with. It is always nice to work with a person that is smiling on the other end of the line. 116888


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Product is still preforming as I expected it to. O yea, the ice missed us two days ago by 40 miles.No regrets on my part of missing the ice and my purchase of the bearing buddies.

BIll B - 02/18/2015

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First time customer of etrailer.com .. this review is less about bearing buddies as we already know they are a great product - have used them for years with zero issues) When I purchased a new boat and trailer, I knew the first upgrade was bearing buddies - I am a frequent online shopper so I went to the usual online retailers first...then I found etrailer...price, and shipping was the best out there so I took a chance. First noticed immediate order feedback via email, then a personalized follow-up advising that they had shipped, and then an after delivery email ! Other than automated emails, this is the first personalized follow-up ever for me so Kudos to etrailer for making me feel like a real person.. you have my business for all my towing needs for the future 79273



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Easy to install. Appear very well made. I suspect I'll have them for a very long time. 147888


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Works great! Only way to go.

Sam R - 08/22/2015

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It's a nice usa-made product, easy to install and they look great 569886



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2nd set of bearing buddies I've gotten. excellent. keeping my pontoon bearings in good shape. 567928



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Great product. Working well after one y ear 567395



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Exactly what I need, and received in 3 days. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 565032



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Good prices, and fast delivery. 557029



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Good product for a decent price. Would buy them again from etrailer. 555698



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Will never launch a boat again without these on the trailer. I could run them a lifetime if used properly and my bearings wouldn't look as bad as they do after 6 months without them. 554828



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Easy install. Well worth the investment ! 554814



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My original order was handled very quickly and efficiently. I received it as promised. However; my order of 4 wheel bearing sets was missing 2 grease seals. When I called to report the shortage, my problem was handled promptly. But, instead of shipping the 2 missing grease seals, which should have been via overnight mail, it was held up and shipped in their regular shipping process, which took almost a week. Through no fault of mine, I was held up for an extra week because of their slow response. This leaves a bad taste in my mouth and means I will be considering alternatives to ordering from Etrailer in the future. 550739



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great service and fair prices - thanks 549569



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MAKE REGULAR 3-1/2 HOUR TRIPS TO THE GULF WITH OUR BOAT TRAILER AND SPLASH IT IN THE SALTWATER. THESE DID A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING BEARINGS WELL LUBRICATED AND KEEP SALTWATER FROM INTRUDING. 549316



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Good prices and fast shipping. 543552



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Used these for years and work great. Good price and fast shipping, great way to get a repeat customer! Thanks 527667



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Easy & quick delivery of product. It was exactly what I ordered. It even came with clear instructions. 428521


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Great

Al B - 09/03/2018

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This Bearing Buddy works absolutely perfectly. Huge improvement over the standard equipment on the little utility trailer I'm using it on. Saves a lot of time and effort worrying about the trailer bearings. Definitely recommend it. Also, I got great help from the etrailer people in choosing the right size to fit the oddball bearing size that came original on my trailer - made all the difference. 423709


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After a year, Im still very pleased. This thing works exactly as hoped. I live in a rural community and use this trailer a lot so I feel pretty confident in recommending this item at this point.

Don D - 08/22/2018

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These are great new bearing caps with the easy check colored ring. 412208


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Just great!

Scott N - 07/29/2018

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Works great. I don't run a trailer down the road without these. We like to saltwater sail and these are the answer to getting a full year out of my bearings before having to repack them, when backed in to saltwater a lot of times in the year. 584722



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wrong size was sent but problem will be resolved soon. 578654



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Parts have not been used yet but look correct and came in a timely manner. Thanks Guys 525049



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I received my bearing buddies on time and well packaged. They fit perfectly (because I measured first) and had no issues with grease fitting. Rubber caps were a nice snug fit. Installed, pumped in new grease and good to go. 523221



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Perfect fit. Well constructed. 514594



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I've got these on all of my smaller trailers. They work great and are a quick and easy way to grease your bearings. 513171



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I Order from this fine website a couple of things, I received super fast 100% recommend it. 509439



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Have to have these to pressurize the hub with grease and prevent rust after one launch. You could never fill a hub manually. Very nice part and installs in minutes. 508569



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The Bearing Buddies arrived on time and as described. They fit perfectly on my trailer and make adding grease a breeze. 506673



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Product came fast and undamaged. Installed quickly and easy with just a hammer and chisel. Good quality construction and rubber dust cap in nice addition. 505585



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A must have for marine applications. Spend a few more dollars and save yourself a headache on down the road as a result of water entering the hub. These are easy to install and remove. 505071



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Great service, nice product! 503381



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Contacted eTrailer because I heard about them via Facebook group on travel trailers. I needed to replace the brakes and bearings on our 2001 Fleetwood Prowler as there was nothing left of them and worn down to the rivets. George at eTrailer answered my question the same night, provided part numbers and kits and even video on how to do the replacements. I had the parts within a few days and installed everything without any problems. 497159



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As always etrailer delivered the products in perfect condition and on time. I had Bearing Buddies before and wanted the same product. etrailer had them in both stainless and galvanized. I opted for the stainless because I use the boat in salt water. The brand that came with the trailer leaked water into the hub after 2 years. I am now confident that this is fixed. Thank you! 495642



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Works great 493774



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People at Etrailer were great to work with. It took me three tries, but with their help I finally got the size I needed and they are now successfully installed. Big thanks to the Etrailer folks. 492507



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They are what I had ordered. 492027



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Great customer service a pleasure doing buisness, definitely recommend. 485249



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The Bearing Buddy Bearings fit perfectly and function as described. They work great! 484083


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  • Your Bearing Buddy instructions are correct. When installing bearing protectors on a trailer hub, you will want to fill the hub with as much grease as possible, so that you do not have to pump all that grease into the hub with the grease gun after installing the bearings and seals. This also helps to prevent pressure build up in the hub and blow out of the seal in the back of the hub. When using a bearing protector you should always use a double lip seal, like part # RG06-020, which...
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  • Difference Between EZ Lube Compatible Hubs and Regular Hubs
  • Some trailers are equipped with EZ Lube spindles, which have a grease fitting or zerk in the end of the spindle, and a small hole in the spindle that lets grease enter the interior of the hub and reach the bearings. This allows grease to be added to the trailer hubs, but the bearings would still need to be inspected and repacked before installation. The only difference between an EZ Lube hub and a non-EZ Lube Hub would be the grease cap. For an EZ Lube hub, the grease cap would have...
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  • How to Add Grease to Hub that Uses Bearing Buddies
  • Using a Bearing Buddy to grease a hub can easily allow you to over fill the hub and blow out a seal. The zerk fitting where you insert the grease is sitting on a spring loaded disc or piston that will move outward away from the hub as grease is added. Push on the edge of the piston with your finger. If the disc doesn't move, add grease until the piston moves. If you can turn the wheel by hand while you are doing this it will help distribute the grease in the hub as well. I attached...
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  • What is the Bearing Buddies Bearing Protectors Purpose
  • The Bearing Buddies are designed to protect your bearings by keeping water and dirt out of the hubs and bearings and ensuring there is enough grease inside the hub. If you are not experiencing any problems or visually see any grease leaking out of the hub, then you shouldn't have to repack your bearings regularly. I recommend checking your hubs once a year to inspect the condition of your brakes. If you notice any grease leaking out of the hub, then grease could have been compromised,...
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  • Which Bearing Kit and Seals Do I Need for Escort Trailer with Inner Bearing L68149 and Outer L44649
  • BK2-100 is the right bearing kit since your inner bearing is L68149 and your outer is L44649. The seal that is included in the kit is the right size for that bearing configuration. We offer 3 Bearing Buddy kits in the 1.980 size. Drive-in chrome, part # BB1980A, drive-in stainless, part # BB1980A-SS and thread-in stainless, part # BB1980T-SS. I have added links to them below.
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  • How To Easily Grease Trailer Hub Without EZ Lube Spindle
  • I have a solution for you, but I do not recommend attempting to drill into the spindle to install a zerk fitting. Instead, I recommend using Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors to help make greasing your trailer axles easier. The Bearing Buddy will replace the grease cap in the axle hub to provide an easily accessible grease fitting. In order to determine the correct Bearing Buddy for you trailer, you will want to use a digital caliper, like # PTW80157, to measure the hub bore of your...
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  • Recommendations For Boat Trailer Maintenance With Bearing Buddy System
  • The purpose of the Bearing Buddy system like part # BB1980A-SS is to maintain the proper grease level for your bearings. Most of the systems like this have an indicator that shows when the grease is at the right level. It would be a good idea to check the level before any trip you plan on taking. Every year and periodically throughout the towing season you will want to check your trailer out. You will want to test the lights, and visually inspect the suspension to check for signs of...
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  • Finding The Right Size Bearing Buddy For Utility Trailer
  • You'll need to use an accurate measuring device like a digital caliper to measure the inside diameter of the hub bore. A ruler or tape measure wouldn't be accurate enough. I have attached a photo of a hub that shows where the measurement should be taken. If you measure and find the opening to be 1.98 inches then the Bearing Buddy I recommend is part # BB1980A-SS. If you find that the inside hub bore measures 2.047 inches, part # BB2047SS would work well for you. If you find that...
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  • What Causes Grease On the Inside of Boat Trailer Wheels
  • The guy you were speaking with was telling the truth. If the Bearing Buddies are overfilled, you will indeed blow out the grease seal. The excessive pressure will push the grease out through the rubber portion of the seal. Using a double lip grease seal that has a radial spring inside it which makes the rubber seal grip the spindle more tightly can help reduce the likelihood of the seal blowing out. Also, when adding grease, pay close attention to the piston surrounding the grease zerk....
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  • Comparing Bearing Buddy and Kodiak Red Eye Trailer Bearing Protectors
  • You can use bearing protectors on a hub with electric brakes. You have to make sure you are using a double lip seal though because a single lip seal is more likely to blow and allow grease to leak out and get all over the hub and brake components. Also, you have to make sure that you do not use too much grease, even with a double lip seal, because of the same possibility of blowing the seal. Based on the numbers you have provided you will likely need a 10-19 seal, # RG06-050 for a pair....
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  • Can Bearing Buddies be Used on a Travel Trailer
  • Yes! You can use Bearing Buddies on anything as long as you use the right size and as long as the axles are not EZ Lube axles with the grease fittings on the ends of the spindles. If your outer bearings are L44643, L44649, or L44640 then you can use # BB1980A-SS. Checking the outer bearing number is pretty easy. You will not have to take off the hub. You will just need to take off the castle nut and any washers in the way, wipe the grease away from the bearing, and check the number...
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  • What is the Benefit of Using Bearing Buddies on a Travel Trailer
  • Yes, even if you do not plan on much marine activity, you can still benefit from adding Bearing Buddies, # BB1980A-SS. They will help to prevent wheel bearing failure by keeping out dirt and moisture, something that all trailers will come across. Adding grease to the bearings will be much easier as you will have a fitting on the caps that will allow you to add grease with a grease gun like # L30191. And the blue ring will allow you to know when to add grease. All of this will help extend...
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  • Is it Advisable to Replace Both Boat Trailer Hubs on Venture Single-Axle Boat Trailer
  • Primarily for safety reasons, we always recommend replacing both sides of trailer axle components, whether brake assemblies, bearings, races, hubs or all of the above. This will ensure even performance. It will also provide a similar future working lifespan for both sides of the axle, which will avoid the potential need to have to soon repeat the dis-assembly/repair process. Venture offers both single- and tandem-axle boat trailers. Based on your description I presume you have a single-axle...
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  • Can I Use Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors With an Easy Lube Spindle
  • Easy lube spindles are not compatible with Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors. You could use the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors if you remove the zerk fitting. You really do not need Bearing Buddies though. The whole purpose of Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors is so that you do not have to remove the grease cap. I have linked a video review of the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors.
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  • Bearing Protector Grease Cap Installation on a Boat Trailer with EZ-Lube Spindles and Disc Brakes
  • When installing a disc brake kit, like the Titan Disc Brake Kit, # T4843400, on your boat trailer I recommend staying with the original EZ-Lube grease caps, like part # RG04-040. Bearing protectors are not recommended for use with EZ-Lube spindles because the grease zerk in the end of the spindle will interfere with the inside of the bearing protector when pressed into the hub. Grease zerks are pressed into the end of EZ-Lube spindles and are usually very hard to remove. If you were...
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  • Can Bearing Buddies Be Used on Utility Trailer
  • Although bearing buddies are primarily meant for boat or PWC trailers, you can certainly use them on a utility trailer. To choose the correct diameter Bearing Buddy, measure the outside diameter of your grease cap the inside diameter of your hub bore. This measurement will be the correct Bearing Buddy size for your hubs. The measurement needs to be pretty precise, using a digital caliper works best. Even if you are using bearing protectors, you should still pull the hubs every now and...
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  • Can You Install an EZ Lube Hub and Drum on a Non EZ Lube Axle
  • Even though you do not have EZ lube axles you will be able to add EZ lube hubs and drums, however, you will not have the EZ lube feature on his axles by installing the EZ lube hub and drums. For you to be able to easily pack grease into your hubs and drums without an EZ lube axle, you will need Bearing Buddies. These replace the grease cap in the axle hub and will protect your bearings by keeping out water and ensuring enough grease is in the hub. I attached a diagram showing where...
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  • How to Determine Correct Bearing Buddy for 1994 Ranger Trailer with Outer Race # 68110
  • The outer race number you provided, 68110, corresponds to part # L68110 from TruRyde. This race works with bearing # L68149 and has an outer diameter of 2.327 inches. The Bearing Buddy with the closest diameter to this is part # BB2328, which is a chrome-plated pair of bearing protectors that fits a hub bore of 2.328 inches. We also offer a stainless-steel version, part # BB2328SS. You will need to confirm either the outer bearing number from your trailer spindle or take a precise...
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  • Recommended Bearing Buddy Kit for Carry-On 5X8G Trailer
  • Based on my research, your Carry-On 5X8G Trailer uses hubs that have a 1.98 inch diameter pilot hole. With this in mind, the correct Bearing Buddy Kit will be one that fits 1.98 inch hub bores like the part # BB1980A-SS. These will replace the grease cap in the axle hub and prevent wheel-bearing failure by keeping water and dirt out. They will also provide easily accessible grease fittings and makes adding grease to the bearings quick and simple. I have included a short installation video...
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  • New Hub Assembly For Trailer With Bearings L44549
  • Bearings L44549 have a 1-1/16 inch inner diameter, which is the same as the 1.063 inch inner diameter of bearings # L44649. That means the assembly you referenced, # AKIHUB-440-2-G-2K, will work. It is designed for 2,000 lb axles with BTR spindles, has a 4 on 4" bolt pattern and accommodates wheels that are 8" to 12". The assembly comes with the required bearings, races and grease seal, though for Bearing Buddies you would want # BB1980A-SS. I've added links to a video review and install...
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  • Which Replacement Bearings and Which Bearing Buddy Do I Need for Race Part # L44610
  • I referenced the number for the race you gave me, part # L44610, is the replacement Race for Bearings, part # L44643, and part # L44649. The race number that you provided, part # L44610, allowed me to match up which bearings use this race. The bearing you will need is part # L44649, which has an ID of 1.063. This ID matches the measurement you gave me, and is the bearing used with Race, part # L44610. The Bearing Buddy that will fit your trailer is the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors,...
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  • Issue with Bearing Buddy Leaking Grease from Overfill Port
  • Generally speaking bearing grease has so little water in it that significant expansion due to freezing temperatures is unlikely. Higher operating temperatures within the hubs while underway would potentially thin the grease but again not cause much in the way of expansion of its volume. Typically Bearing Buddies are used on boat trailers to keep water out of the hubs. Since boat trailers are not often used in extreme cold weather this may be why we have not heard of thermal issues like...
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  • Installing Bearing Buddys on EZ Lube Spindle
  • If you wanted to install a bearing buddy like part # BB1980A-SS on a EZ lube spindle you will first need to remove the zerk fitting. To choose the right bearing kit you will need to remove your hub, remove the seal and get the bearing numbers and seal numbers from what you have right now. I attached a picture that shows bearings, races, and seals where you can see the numbers stamped on them as well as see the dimensions needed for seal replacement. I also attached a video on bearing,...
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