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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

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

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.



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Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (224 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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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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Perfect fit for my boat trailer Great customer service 804274



- BB1980A
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A little fussy to put on straight. Take your time getting them started before you hammer in! 800264



- BB1980A
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Great service and product. Personal attention to my order was VERY MUCH appreciated. Thanks! 799682



- BB1980A
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I received 2 new 4 lug hubs and bearing buddy. All came in great condition the lugs were in special plastic cases to protect them. I replaced but hubs with ZERO problems from the new units. Great results when I wasn't sure what would happen. Very easy to replace the old bearings and being already packed with grease made it a lot cleaner. 793928



- BB1980A
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did their job 779643



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I purchased the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A Chrome Plate for my teardrop trailer prior to a 1200 mile summer vacation trip. They were easy to install after I cleaned and changed my wheel bearings and replaced the grease. Cool running during the entire trip. 767707



- BB1980A
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Great design and easy install 763981



- BB1980A
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Great product 745915



- BB1980A
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I definitely like them...I pull my "self made" trailer in all sorts of weather and last year about 4,000 miles...no issues with bearings and the remain clean. 739947



- BB1980A
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The CE Smith Personal Watercraft trailer was very easy to assemble - just a few hours. It handles my small sailboats like a dream. Also, the support from etrailer was awesome for the several questions that I had. I would recommend etrailer to friends. 726794



- BB1980A
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Top shelf customer service. Steve Z is very knowledgeable about the things he sells. Hooked me up with right size bearing buddies after I ordered the wrong size. Had to return the wrong ones and he shipped the right ones with a return label. No hassles and eager to help. Bunch of good stuff goin on there. 726031



- BB1980A
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Perfect fit and arrived fast 721863



- BB1980A
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These are very different from the Bearing Buddys I purchased years ago but they seem to be a good design, well made and fit well. I have high hopes. 721387



- BB1980A
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The Bearing Buddies fit perfectly and are easy to use. 719813



- BB1980A
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Parts were exactly as described. Packaged nicely and received in good condition. First time that I have ever used Chinese branded bearings/races, so I will provide a review about them at my next bearing clean and repack. They were a great fitting bearing on the axle stub. 703990



- BB1980A
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Always fair prices and great info. Shipping is fast in a world where most websites is NOT. 703986



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I ordered some wheel bearings, some bearing buddies, and some grease to redo my axles. Everything shipped together and very fast. Best prices around. Very knowledgeable staff. 698970



- BB1980A
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I bought them for spares, I have them in the tool box on my truck 690214



- BB1980A
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they worked great I don't own the camper anymore 680776



- BB1980A
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Most already know these are great, if you don't have them, buy a set, it is cheap insurance and beats a road side bearing replacement. Thank you etrailer! 675010



- BB1980A
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Product arrived as expected and in good order! Thank you etrailer:-} 674186



- BB1980A
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Fast great service. I received product today and I installed them. Works perfect. Thanks. 672494



- BB1980A
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delivery was fast . product awesome 672436


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