Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A w/ Auto Check - Chrome Plated (Pair)

Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A w/ Auto Check - Chrome Plated (Pair)

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Provide your trailer bearings with premium protection - replace your existing grease caps with Bearing Buddies. They provide an easy way to control the grease volume in your axle hub and have blue indicator rings to visually monitor levels. Lowest Prices for the best trailer bearings races seals caps from Bearing Buddy. Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A w/ Auto Check - Chrome Plated (Pair) part number BB1980A 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

Provide your trailer bearings with premium protection - replace your existing grease caps with Bearing Buddies. They provide an easy way to control the grease volume in your axle hub and have blue indicator rings to visually monitor levels.


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 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 1.980" 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.



42200 Bearing Buddy Model 1980A w/ Auto Check - Chrome Plated (Pair)



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Video of Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A w/ Auto Check - 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 1980A w/ Auto Check - Chrome Plated (Pair) - BB1980A

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (200 Customer Reviews)

Provide your trailer bearings with premium protection - replace your existing grease caps with Bearing Buddies. They provide an easy way to control the grease volume in your axle hub and have blue indicator rings to visually monitor levels.

- BB1980A
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Great product! Work exactly as expected and gives me piece of mind knowing my bearings are protected against wear by the grease. 419546


Comments

The Bearing Buddies are still working fine- no bearing failures at all. Wheels rotate smoothly and theres no noise when jacked up & spinning freely.

Ken J - 08/13/2018

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- BB1980A
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I ordered a Draw Tite trailer hitch with wiring harness to pull a utility trailer I have just purchased. After a couple of days, I received an email that the manufacturer had not sent the hitch to etrailer yet and made a suggestion regarding the Curt brand of hitch. I agreed and within two days I received the replacement hitch and wiring kit via UPS. The product was as represented and, as stated on the website, was an easy install. Very happy with the products and the service I received. 520089



- BB1980A
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Bearing Buddy is a great way to make trailer maintenance easier. And e-trailer.com's customer support is second to none. 153953


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Working fine. Thank you.

Uncle A - 10/05/2015

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- BB1980A
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Good product, have used them for many trailers especially on boat trailers. The set I ordered was not what I received but will use them on the front axle then try again for the oddball hubs on the rear axle. 566144



- BB1980A
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I was struggling to find the correct hub kit for my boat trailer because etrailer has a large inventory of products. I decided to call and the salesperson Mellissa found the correct part in minutes and had it shipped to my house in less than 24 hours. It’s is nice to know that etrailer still believes in great customer service and the human element of customer service. 493125



- BB1980A
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The old set of seals were oozing a little so I installed a set of new bearings and stock seals purchased from my local trailer supply store. I took it for a test ride, huge hunks of grease all over the inside of my rims, a real disappointment. Got on the web with etrailer.com, they got the 1.980 Bearing Buddy Grease Seal Set - BB60001 and the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A in a few days. It took 45 minutes to read the instructions, install the grease seals and protectors and clean-up. What a great fix! I had to make a 200 mile run that day to pick-up a classic canoe for a customer, not a speck of grease anywhere, clean, clean, clean!!! Great product, great fix, great price and service from etraler.com. Thanks 71262



- BB1980A
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Look, there are various bearing buddy knock offs out there that might be "good enough". These are the real deal and they have added a nice little feature - these blue ring indicators. The indicator ring lets you know when you might need to add more grease - and might also keep you from going overboard. I think it is more common for people to try to push too much grease into the hub especially with bearing buddy protectors installed. Great insurance for a boat trailer especially. 77433


Comments

The bearing buddies still look great one year later. As fishing season starts again in mn I look forward to being able to check at a glance to see whether I need to add grease.

davmac - 04/23/2014

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- BB1980A
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I installed bearing buddies on a boat trailer that sees both fresh water and salt water. In the past, despite loading the bearings up on grease, it wasn't uncommon to replace them every couple of years. We are at the year one mark with the bearing buddies and no issues. Also, the bearing buddies also show you how much grease is in the wheel hub; our hubs only needed a small amount of grease to top them off the beginning of this season. 521790



- BB1980A
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super customer service! I lost a red eye bearing cover when I hit a boulder in the road. I had recently installed a complete 2 axle disc brake kit with coupler for my boat trailer that I ordered from etrailer. Mike S. found the right size from my original order and shipped out new Bearing Buddies in no time flat! I highly recommend etrailer to everyone I know. 147520


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no complaints

P.S. - 08/20/2015

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- BB1980A
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I have been using these bearing buddies on my boat trailer for years. I recently broke one by scraping against a rock wall so this set is a replacement. Etrailers had a very reasonable price, promptly handled my order, and they were delivered on the day they estimated. I love the autocheck on these because I can tell at a glance whether or not I need to grease my hubs. Also the feature that does not allow the bearings to be over-packed is nice. I am waiting to install them as the weather here has been terrible. 198581



- BB1980A
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The trailer that I expect to install these Bearing Buddies on is stored 150 miles from home, so I will need to install them later. I purchased these items so that I could be reasonably confident that the bearings had adequate grease for each trailer use, and these items will allow me to grease the bearings without a complete disassembly. This, in turn, will save me the time and trouble of working in an inconvenient location. These hubs and a grease gun, with lithium grease, will be all I need. The only problem I envision is that these items "will not fit" beneath the "baby moon hubcaps" that I have on the trailer at the moment. I have seen trailers that have similar hubcaps that are "cut out in the center," to allow for these Bearing Buddies, so perhaps I can find and purchase a pair of these. I have 15 inch, solid center, Dexter wheels (not spokers), so I am open for suggestions. Regarding the "Wheel Bearing Kits," these were purchased as emergency carry/use items, so they will be for "just-in-case" applications. 421411



- BB1980A
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I have yet to install them, yet. Been raining. I looked at the box and like how it tells you how to properly fill with lubricant 653910



- BB1980A
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Easy installation. Just what I wanted. Ordering and delivery, nice and easy. 651958



- BB1980A
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Excellent 646682



- BB1980A
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Have not installed yet, but they look like they will do a great job. Shipping was fast. 640183



- BB1980A
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Top notch! 636757



- BB1980A
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Super easy to order and online tutorials made picking right parts very easy. Every website should provide this level of information to the customer. Parts shipped and received in timely manner. A great experience. . Thanks bh 636647



- BB1980A
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Bearing Buddies and caps are just what I needed Wheel Bolts are good All my purchases from etrailer have been good I will continue to buy from etrailer as needed Ron 636013



- BB1980A
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Very snug fit with the new etrailer blue dot hubs , went on nicely, abit of hitting with a dead blow hammer but nothing to excessive, they do not feel like they will be lost going to the ramp, possibly the galvanized hubs help with the good fit, just got to head out to the ramp to see, feeling confident. 633544



- BB1980A
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I placed an order from etrailer ordered rim and tire and bearing buddy everything fits. It came in earlier then I expected recommend to a friend yes order from you guys again thank you so much like it all. Steve 616640



- BB1980A
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Great price for all the parts I purchased from e-trailer. 615879



- BB1980A
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I could not be happier, What a diiference to have not just good brakes, but great brakes. Plus, the install was so easy, all the hardware was a perfect fit, instructions were right on the money (btw, I'm a retired engineer from a nuclear plant and I wrote procedures, so I'm picky) Anyway, towed the boat 1,000 miles and what a reassuring feeling to know that the equipment is in good working order and does the job when called upon. I'm attaching a couple of pictures so you can see what I did. Thanks again, I will be using etrailer in the future anytime I need something, feel free to pass on my comments 614782



- BB1980A
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Buddy bearings make keep grease in the hubs so much easier. No need to take them off to apply grease, just shoot some marine grease into the zerk fittings and put the soft cap back on and your good to go. Easy to install! 614638



- BB1980A
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My order was filled promptly and efficiently by etrailer. The Bearing Buddy’s fit and performed perfectly. They take the worry out of hub maintenance. 608243



- BB1980A
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A++++++ 606667



- BB1980A
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Although our little Teardrop trailer from Socal Teardrops does not carry a boat and does not venture onto launching ramps, the Bearing Buddies are just the right addition to our Teardrop. We put 4000-6000 miles every year on our trailer and cannot afford to have a bearing problem out in the boon docks. Now we can easily check the status of our bearing grease visually and can easily add grease if needed. This is great. 601014



- BB1980A
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Fit like a glove will probably make trailer last longer than I will be alive 598780



- BB1980A
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products arrive in a timely manner and without damage, etrailer has consistently meet expectations each time I have used them. Thanks 598280



- BB1980A
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Great customer service on getting me the right bearing. Quality and function are spot on! 597370



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Great price and great product. Installed seamlessly on my trailer. Got a great deal on Bearing Buddies as well. 595830



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nice product good deal 591060



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worked great good product 588198



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Installed with ease and seem to be doing what they are intended for well. Thanks eTrailer! 580900



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As advertised good quality can't ask for more than that. 563690



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nice fit 4 my 2000 aero Cub 19 ft., easy way 2 grease hub bearings 558414



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Ordered 2 pair of bearing buddies, for a tandem axle trailer, size 1.98, due to insert being 1/32nd short of 2 inches. Product came sooner than expected, and was a perfect fit. Very good shopping experience overall. 557149



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The product worked great, exactly as described. All my questions were answered promptly Customer Service was also great 557102



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When placing my order, the sales rep was extremely helpful to assure I was ordering the right equipment. They were very knowledgeable about what I needed for my older RV, and the breaks and bearings fit perfectly. Also, shipping was fast. I will get all my RV upgrades in the future from etrailer. Highly recommend them, and prices were good. 553333



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Thank you Julie for your assistance per our phone call!! I am very satisfied with the product and will most certainly use your services again. THANK YOU AGAIN!! 547422



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Very happy with the service and professionalism I received. Will order again from etrailer. 545320



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Best buy out there .great service friendly and most helpful Will us them in the future 504517



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My camper that I just bought used was in dire straights. Bought new races,bearings,seal package with bearing buddies. Also bought bearing packer tool and seven piece bearing tool. What a breeze. Had all four wheels done in about an hour and a half. Thanks etrailer. ROAD TRIP AHEAD. 503854



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Very nice quality. Super solid build. 502959



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Very high quality, Just took a couple minutes to install. 492918



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grate product and service 489862



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Great product and as usual (I'm a multiple repeat customer) at etrailer.com's fair pricing and supper fast free shipping. 488045


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All is well. Thanks for the follow up. Great customer service.

Ray - 03/23/2019

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Always great service and products. Karen F. was a great help to me very helpful nice person. Will ask for her in any of my future orders. She was GREAT! Parts are for my tow dolly and they arrived very quickly. 483266



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Description of item was right on. Package arrived intact. No issues. 481648



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These have worked excellently and would definitely purchase again if the opportunity to need them on another trailer. Had previous experience with these and was the motivating factor for this purchase. 478881



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These have worked excellently and would definitely purchase again if the opportunity to need them on another trailer. Had previous experience with these and was the motivating factor for this purchase. 478880


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  • What Size Bearing Buddy Fits My 7000 lb Axles
  • Based on your 7000lb axles, it has a grease cap flange diameter of 2.722". As a result Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors # BB2717SS will work for your axles.
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  • Replacement Trailer Hub Assembly for Dexter 8-248 Hubs
  • The Dexter "8-248" is a hub assembly for 3,500 lb axles that uses an L68149 inner bearing and a L44649 outer bearing. This hub assembly was offered in both 5 on 4-1/2" and 5 on 4-3/4" bolt patterns therefore you would need to confirm your bolt pattern in order to choose the correct hub. I have attached a help article to help you find this as well. I have also attached my recommendations on each hub for you below. Dexter: 5 on 4-1/2" - part # 84545BX 5 on 4-3/4" - part # 845475UC1 etrailer: 5...
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  • Recommended Bearing Buddy and Bearing Kit for Malone MicroSport Trailer
  • The Malone MicroSport Trailer # MPG460G does have the 1.98 inch inner diameter hub. I confirmed this with the manufacturer. To add bearing buddies, you simply need the # BB1980A for chrome or # BB1980A-SS for stainless steel. You will not need to replace the bearings to install these caps. You can simply use the LubriMatic Economy Size Mini Grease Gun # L30100 and add the marine trailer wheel bearing grease # L11399 that matches what the axle comes with. When installing these, you...
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  • Bearings and Seal for a 3,500 lb Dexter Torflex Axle
  • I took a look at the manual, and the outer bearing for a #10 Torflex Dexter axle would be outer bearing # L44649 and outer race # L44610; inner bearing # L68149 and inner race # L68111; and seal # 58846. That would make bearing kit # BK2-100 the correct choice for your axle and includes each of these parts. For a Bearing Buddy you would want to use # BB1980A. I have included links to video reviews of each of these products for you to take a look at.
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  • Difference Between Bearing Buddy 1980 Models
  • The model 1980 Bearing Buddy simply means that they fit a 1.980 inch hub bore. There is one difference of note between Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors # BB1980A (Chrome Plated) or # BB1980A-SS (Stainless Steel) and the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors # BB1980T-SS which is that the latter - with the "T" in the part number - means that it is threaded and fits internally threaded hubs.
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  • Trailer Hubs and Bearing Buddies for Trailer Spindles with 1 Inch Diameter
  • It sounds like your spindle uses L44643 bearings, There are a lot of hubs that use those bearings and have a 4 on 4 bolt pattern such as # AKIHUB-440-2-1K. However, the 1968 Bearing Buddies are designed to fit a hub that uses outer bearing M-12649 or 07100 which are not common. The hubs that fit your spindle take the 1.98 Bearing Buddies such as # BB1980A-SS or # BB1980A.
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  • Replacement Brake Kit Recommendation for 2000 Rockwood Premier 2317G Pop Up
  • From my research the Rockwood likely has a 3,500 pound axle and therefore uses 10 inch brakes. The 10 inch brake assemblies I recommend for you (And almost always recommend) are # AKEBRK-35-SA. These are self-adjusting so after the original set up they won't need to be adjusted again. Both the left and right hand side are included, and labeled to make installation easier. Also the mounting bolts are included but you'll need the nuts and lock washers, part # BRKH10B. Our most popular...
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  • Replacement Bearings and Information on Older EZ Loader Boat Trailer
  • I spoke with my contact at EZ Loader regarding your boat trailer. The correct bearing kit for the axles on your trailer will be the Bearing Kit # BK2-100. This includes the compatible # L44649 outer bearing and # L68149 inner bearing, along with the races and grease seal. For the correct Bearing Buddy, you will use # BB1980A or # BB1980A-SS for stainless steel. These will fit hub bores that are 1.980 inches in diameter and works with the above mentioned outer bearing number. The...
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  • Replace Hub Assemblies With Bearing Buddies For A 2,000 Lb. Trailer Axle
  • Our 2,000 lb. trailer axles use both 1" and 1.06" diameter spindles. In order to determine you are receiving the correct hub assembly, you will want to use a digital caliper like part # PTW80157 to ensure you have an exact measurement. If the spindle on your trailer measures out to be 1" in diameter, then you have a 2,000 lb. axle that uses the L44643 bearing. For a 5 on 4-1/2" hub assembly designed to be used with a 2,000 lb. axle and L44643 bearings, I recommend using the Trailer...
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  • How Much Grease Should be Added to the Bearing Buddy Bearings
  • In order to add grease to a bearing buddy such as the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors part # BB1980A you will need a grease gun like part # ALL940798 and the appropriate bearing grease like part # L10320. Once you have obtained both the grease gun and grease you can fill the bearing buddy. 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...
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  • Bearing Kit to Replace Timken 07100 Bearings on a Boat Trailer
  • Your Timken 07100 bearings have the same dimensions as bearing # L44643. They both have a 1 inch inner diameter and fit a BT8 spindle. The correct bearing kit is part # BK1-100. The Bearing Buddy protector to fit is part # BB1980A-SS in stainless steel or # BB1980A in chrome.
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  • Dust Cap with Over 1 Inch Depth with 1.98 Inch Diameter
  • We don't have the "normal" grease caps that will fit your assembly, however, the 2" Lubed Dust Cap & Rubber Plug - 1.99" x 1.40" x 1.18" - Qty 1 # DC200L-DCRP will work just fine for you. Even though you don't have the zerk fitting on your spindle, these grease caps will work very well of you. The rubber cap will still keep dirt and debris out as well as moisture. Any of the Bearing Buddy protectors for your 1.98 like # BB1980A will also work for your application.
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  • Replacement Hub and Bearing Buddys for a 2K Axle on a Boat Trailer
  • Since these idler hubs will be used for a boat trailer I highly recommend going with the etrailer.com Trailer Idler Hub Assembly # AKIHUB-440-2-G-2K over the Dexter Trailer Idler Hub Assembly # 8-91-05UC1 because the eatrialer.com option has a galvanized finish that will protect it better than the powder coat finish on the Dexter option. Please note that the seals which come with these have an inner diameter of 1.500" so you will need to use part # 34823 for a grease seal instead as...
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  • Will the 2.047 inch Bearing Buddy Fit a Bore Size of 2.012 inches
  • I believe that the bearing buddy that you hub bore diameter that you saw was the 2.240 inch size, part # BB2240, which will be too big to fit in your hub bore size of 2.012 inches. The next step up from the # BB1980A that you purchased (which fit hub bore size 1.980) will fit the hub bore size 2.047 inches and is part # BB2047. Since you want the fit to be as accurate as possible this size will be too big. I called Bearing Buddy and my contact confirmed this. Custom-built trailers can...
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  • Which Size Bearing Buddies Fits 3.5K Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly AKHD-545-35-EZ-K
  • For Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly - 3,500-lb E-Z Lube Axles - 10" Diameter - 5 on 4-1/2 Item # AKHD-545-35-EZ-K you will need a 1.98 Bearing Buddy. There are a couple of options. For stainless steel use # BB1980A-SS. For chrome plated you can use # BB1980A. Another option in a different brand is the Kodiak Red Eye bearing protectors # KREB1980AC. They work the same way as the Bearing Buddies. I have included links below to videos on a Bearing Buddy model and a Kodiak model.
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  • Replacement Pre-Greased Hubs that Use L44649 Inner and Outer Bearings
  • For a pre-grased hub assembly that will fit the spindles on your trailer perfectly I recommend the CE Smith # CE13315. This assembly is designed for 2,700 pound axles and it includes the # L44649 inner and outer bearings along with the races and grease seal. The hub's galvanized finish will also offer excellent corrosion resistance that's ideal for applications like yours where you will be in and out of salt water. For the correct Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors you will use # BB1980A-SS...
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  • Replacement Bearing Kit Recommendation for Dexter 3,500 lb Hub and Bearing Buddy
  • For a bearing kit for a 3,500 lb Dexter axle we have the part # BK2-100 which comes with bearing numbers L44649 and L68149 and a grease seal 10-19 with inner diameter of 1.719 inch like what you need. The seal fits on the opposite side of the hub as the grease cap and that is why the seal and Bearing Buddy dimensions don't match. The Bearing Buddy you would need is the part # BB1980A.
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  • Replacement Hub and Easy Lubrication Kit for 2,000 lb Axle
  • Unfortunately there are no oil bath hubs available for your specific application. The only ones that are made fit larger hubs. If you would like a solution that is easier than standard grease application (packing your bearings) then I recommend going with some Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors. These are perfect for solutions where EZ Lube spindles aren't in place as they provide a grease zerk fitting as well as a way to see when you have pumped enough grease into your hub space (see...
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  • How to Monitor Grease in Hub With Bearing Buddies
  • These are good questions so I will answer them in the order you asked. 1) When using Bearing Buddies the inspection will be done depending on which model you use. For Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A w/ Auto Check # BB1980A there is a blue indicator ring which will gives you a visual indicator of the amount of grease in your hub; this ring needs to be flush with the top of the cylinder. If it is under the cylinder you simply need to add grease until the piston is 1/8" outward....
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  • 10 Inch Hydraulic Trailer Brake Assemblies for etrailer 3.5K Hub and Drum # AKHD-545-35-K
  • The trailer hub and drum assembly # AKHD-545-35-K will take Bearing Buddy 1.98, # BB1980A or # BB1980A-SS (for stainless steel). For complete brake assemblies that fit this hub and drum I recommend the free-backing etrailer brakes # AKFBBRK-35L for the left side and # AKFBBRK-35R for the right side. If this is going on a boat trailer I recommend # AKFBBRK-35L-D for the left and # AKFBBRK-35R-D for the right. These brakes have a corrosion resistant dacromet coating ideal for marine applications. If...
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  • Recommended Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors For Dexter 3,500 Lb Trailer Hub Assembly
  • The Bearing Buddies that work with the Trailer Hub Assembly, part # 8-248-50UC1 are part # BB1980A-SS for stainless steel and part # BB1980A for chrome plated. These fit a hub bore that measures 1.98 inches inside diameter. These come with 2 Bearing Buddies in a package. These are a great way to keep water out and making sure you have enough grease in the hub.
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation for Hub with Bearing Number L68149
  • The correct Bearing Buddy to use with the bearing numbers you listed of L44649 and L68149 is the # BB1980A or # BB1980A-SS for stainless steel.
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