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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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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. Great 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 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Bearing Buddy Trailer Bearings Races Seals Caps - BB1980A-SS

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


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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (684 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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I replaced the original Bearing Buddies on my 2004 Shore Land'r that were leaking and loosing grease. Luckily the bearings were in good shape.



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Love how easy it is to keep the wheel bearings greased with these Bearing Buddy's.
Just pop the cover off, hook up the grease gun, a few quick pumps, and the bearings are ready for another season. The blue inside plate moves out as the grease goes in so you do not over fill the bearing. Slid the cover back on and you are done.

Arctic P.

6/14/2020

This product has proven it is the best choice for the job of keeping my utility trailer rolling trouble free.



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Only 4 stars because I just installed them and they fit great and this is the only trailer of the 6 I have currently installed on! Give it some time and it might be 5 stars or less

Mark

8/23/2023

Working great!! Used them in the past and don’t expect any problems



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I have a set of Bearing Buddy’s that have been on a utility trailer of mine for 22 years. Now granted it doesn’t get a huge amount of miles each year, but it’s a fair amount.Not once in those twenty two years have I inspected the bearings. I just keep them full of grease, which is so easy. I decided to put a set on my camper so that I could check my grease level at a glance, know that water will never make its way in, easily top off with grease and keep my hubs full, and only have to do a full tear down and inspection of my bearings every four to five years. It’s a no brainer for me. Install can’t be any easier.



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Great product. If I had them on my trailer earlier I might have saved myself a lot of money and aggravation having to change the hubs and bearings that failed due to salt water damage. Don't go without bearing buddies ... Much easier to maintain your hubs than without them.



by:

I LIKE THE BEARING BUDDY THE FIT IS GOOD
IT STOPS THE WATER FROM THE BEARING
WILL BUY AGAIN THANKS ETRAILER



by:

Easy way to maintain grease for the wheel bearings



by:

I bought a set of 2 for my boat trailer. The one seemed to work fine the other seemed as if the outer seal leaked from the get go.



by:

The bearing buddy's work well for easy service of my hub bearings. The only concern I have is the covers dust covers don't fit vert tight. I wrapped a zip tie around them for a more secure fit to the buddy. Make sure and measure your hub to get the correct fit.



by:

Lost a few going down the highway… perfect replacement. Excellent quality. Perfect!!!



by:

The product is fine, but the caps came off within about 2 weeks of use.

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Jenny N.

10/6/2023

The coverings are available as a separate part, part # BB19B.



by:

FAST AND UNDAMAGED SHIPPING! THE BEARING BUDDY BEARING PROTECTORS FIT PERFECTLY AND WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS! THEY REALLY WILL MAKE MY BEARING MAINTENANCE SO MUCH SIMPLER! THESE UNITS ARE WELL MADE WITH QUALITY MATERIAL; I EXPECT THAT THEY WILL OUTLIVE THE 2010 TRAILER, AND ME-LOL!THANKS ETRAILER FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN RESEARCHING THESE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WOULD PROPERLY FIT MY RIG!



by:

A little expensive but makes it easier to maintain the bearings. Quality material.



by:

Just what I needed. Haven't used the trailer since installing the Bearing Buddy but expect they will be as advertised. Installation was easy.

Larrym

6/2/2017

I couldnt be happier with the Bearing Buddy after using them for the past year.



by:

Good quality replacement hub for my trailer. Easy to install.



by:

It is a 500 mile trip to launch my handmade, mahogany drift boat..wanted the security of bearing buddies on my axles.. the units were easy to install, filled them with marine grease,check periodically..good to go..good service from e.trailer..good product



by:

I installed the Bearing Buddy on my motorcycle trailer before towing my Harley to Connecticut. The grease caps were easy to install and provided good grease protection while on my trip.



by:

Great price, fast service and easy install. Just purchased a teardrop trailer and it is a simple hub design with no zirk fitting. So unless you like pulling the tires and hubs off, Bearing Buddys are the way ti Go! Grease Gun, pump pump, done.



by:

Perfect replacement for my trailer. etrailer is only place I buy trailer related parts from. Always excellent service. Fastest shipping in the industry.



by:

nice upgrade for my trailer.



by:

Replaced bearings, races, and seals + installed bearing buddies on my boat trailer. Everything went together without any problems.



by:

ETrailer is always super helpful, great customer service and great communication.



by:

These are just Bearing Buddies, but I like etrailer's product description, pics and videos.

Jack

12/14/2022

The zerk fitting one one of the bearing buddys was leaking grease, but I replaced the zerk fitting so all good now.



by:

Would have givin it a 5 star rating, but the packer put the lube along the outside of the box. Luckly I was able to straighten it out enough to get it to work, but it was rather messy.



by:

Great service. The wheel caps are high quality.


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    All sizes of our Bearing Buddy bearing protectors are shown on the linked page. The Bearing Buddy size to match the hub bore dimension is the 1.98-inch type, such as # BB1980A-SS in stainless steel or # BB1980A in chrome finish. These are non-threaded. For a threaded Bearing Buddy in this size use # BB1980T-SS.
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    The size bearing protector (Bearing Buddy) or dust cap needed is based on the hub bore diameter. 1-63/64 translates to roughly 1.98 inches which is what the # BB1980A-SS stainless or # BB1980A are designed to fit. The easiest way to confirm this is to pull the hub and check the reference number on the side of the outer bearing cage. If it's L44649, L44643 or L44640 and your existing bearing protector is driven in and not threaded in, either of these would work perfectly for you. Since you're...
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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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    The Bearing Buddy you would want would be the # BB1980A-SS or # BB1980A since you have bearing L44649 as the outer bearing. # BB1980A-SS is the stainless steel version which will resist corrosion better than the chrome plated # BB1980A.
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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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  • Which Bearing Buddy For Trailer Hub That Uses L44649 and L68149 Bearings
    Since your hub uses inner bearing # L68149 and outer bearing # L44649 you can use the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protector Stainless Steel # BB1980A-SS that you were looking at or the Chrome Plated # BB1980A. I included videos for both of the products mentioned for you to take a look at.
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  • What is the Length of the 1.980" Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors # BB1980A-SS
    I have linked a picture showing that the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors # BB1980A has a full length of 1-3/16" while the part that inserts into the hub is 5/16". This means that the Bearing Buddy will stick out 7/8" from your hub. The only difference between the Bearing Buddy # BB1980A and the Bearing Buddy # BB1980A-SS that you referenced is that the former is chrome plated while the latter is stainless steel. They both have the same dimensions though.
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation for Trailer Hub # 8-248-50UC1
    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 Buddies that Fit a 1.979 Hub Bore Opening
    For a set of Bearing Buddies that should work with your 1.979 hub bore opening, I recommend using the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A-SS part # BB1980A-SS for stainless steel or part # BB1980A for chrome plated. The above Bearing Buddies fit a hub bore opening of 1.980" which is the closest we have to your 1.979 hub bore opening. You will need two sets of Bearing Buddies for a dual axle trailer. I have attached a review and installation video of the above Bearing Buddies...
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  • Replacement Bearing Buddy Recommendation Marked 1980
    Since yours say 1980 that means the correct Bearing Buddy is the part # BB1980A which will fit and work well as a replacement. If instead you wanted the stainless steel version you'd want the part # BB1980A-SS. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well.
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  • Bearing Buddy Fitment for a Malone MicroSport Trailer
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  • Bearing Buddies for Trailer with Inner Bearing L68149 and Outer Bearing L44649
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  • How to Choose Correct Bearing Buddy Bearing Protector
    In the exact situation that you are referencing the measurement taken was in-between Bearing Buddy sizes so it would have been better to use one slightly larger than one that is slightly smaller as a smaller size wouldn't be able to remain installed properly. If you already have Bearing Buddy protectors installed on your trailer then you can use a digital caliper to measure the inside diameter of your hub bore OR you can measure the outer diameter of the part that fits into your hub from...
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  • Correct Bearing Buddy Size for a Kokopelli Trailer that Takes 7700121 Bearing Buddies
    I did some checking and the number they gave you corresponds to the 1.980 Bearing Buddies. There are a couple of options in this size: Stainless steel with auto check # BB1980A-SS Chrome plated with auto check # BB1980A Threaded stainless steel # BB1980T-SS It does not appear that your trailer uses the threaded version so either of the first 2 sets will work. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you.
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  • Difference Between Bearing Buddy BB1980T-SS and BB1980A-SS
    They are not the same. The Bearing Buddy # BB1980T-SS are threaded into place, and not driven in. If your hub bore is threaded, that's the model you'd need. If your hub bore is NOT threaded, you'd use part # BB1980A-SS. The difference between the # BB1980A-SS and your older BB1980SS is the # BB1980A-SS has the auto check feature that allows you to easily see at a glance whether the hub needs grease added, while the older model didn't have that feature.
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  • Do 1980 Bearing Buddies Insert or Thread Into Trailer Hub
    The Stainless Steel Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980A-SS w/ Auto Check # BB1980A-SS just seats into the hub. If you're needing the style that threads into the hub then you need the kit # BB1980T-SS instead.
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    In order to find the correct Bearing Buddies you will want to get the most accurate hub bore measurement you can get. If you can't get the measurement without pulling the hub you will need to pull the hub to make sure. From the measurements and part numbers you provided, along with the old ones you have, it sounds like you need the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors - Model 1980T-SS - Threaded - Stainless Steel (Pair) # BB1980T-SS. This matches your current bearings and fits a 1.98" hub...
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  • Bearing Buddy Recommendation for Hub with Bearing Number L68149
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  • Bearing Protector Compatibility with Hub Measuring 1.973 Inches
    The Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors- Chrome Plated # BB1980A or Stainless Steel # BB1980A-SS will fit your hubs. The difference of 7/1000ths of an inch is so close that some digital calipers don't even read it. These drive in protectors will work just fine as they will have an ever so slight taper for that drive-in installation.
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