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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. 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 1-833-496-1390 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   (587 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 bought these to help with my trailer that frequents water crossings. Easy to install and grease. Works as intended. However, I took the trailer on a 100mi round trip and after about 60 miles noticed that one bearing buddy was a bit cocked on the trailer. It was working its way off the trailer due to centrifugal force. Even after re-seating the buddy, it still flew off during the trip home and was lost. The other bearing buddy stayed in place and is still seated perfectly. As to why it came off I don't know, I need to check the hub and bearings to see if there is too much play. I would still buy these I think they are a great product.




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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.


Comments
This product has proven it is the best choice for the job of keeping my utility trailer rolling trouble free.
Arctic P - 06/14/2020


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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.




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By far these are the best bearing buddy you can purchase. I am very please with this purchase, these work very well in salt water with a tight installation. The less expensive type appeared to fly of going down the highway.


Comments
These are well designed, easiest to install and operate.
Peggy B - 02/17/2022


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Bearing Buddy fit great on my 1985 Bass Tracker trailer. Great assistance from staff.


Comments
Still works great. I expect the pair to last for years to come.
Greg C - 11/21/2021


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I haven't installed these yet on my new boat trailer but the etrailer promptness was great. I have these installed on my other 2 trailers with no issues.




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We have only used the trailer a few times but so far, so good :)




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Not much to see, but here are pics of the installed new hub and Bearing Buddy.




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I had purchased hubs earlier from etrailer and wanted to add bearing buddy's. I contacted etrailer and told then I had got hud earlier and they look up everything and sent me all the info to order the correct bearing buddy. That is customer serviced why I continue to do business with then. Also everything I have purchased is quality items.
Thank You etrailer.


Comments
Bearing Buddys are great. I have them on both of my trailers and it makes keeping the bearings well greased so easy that I am sure they will make my bearings last much longer.
James - 02/11/2021


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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




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


Comments
I couldnt be happier with the Bearing Buddy after using them for the past year.
LarryM - 06/02/2017


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I like these. Easy to check and add grease while on the road and it keeps things a little cleaner. I'll be adding them to any trailer that I own.




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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.




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Great products,I have used bearing buddies for years!




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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.




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These grease caps save a lot of time and time is money. No more pulling the wheels and hubs to grease the bearings. Easy installation and a lot better fit than the original caps. Highly recommend.


Comments
First rate and a big labor saver. Easy install. Just make sure you get them properly seated.
William - 08/17/2020


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Packed full of grease and put on my 2016 jayco every thing seems to be good quality and exactly what I expected




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




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Came quickly and exactly as advertised




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Great customer service. Good products.




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This is the original BEARING BUDDY made in PUERTO RICO - That's made in America! I have found these to be of unsurpassed quality. The size is critical, and BEARING BUDDY makes their parts to a very high accuracy. I have an old used trailer from the 1970s of unknown origin. I was able to measure the hub hole size with a set of vernier calipers and then find the matching bearing buddy within a few thousandths of an inch. Round your size UP not down, as you can always fine adjust the size with file. I DID NOT have to do any of that, and my BEARING BUDDYs installed easily using a hammer and block of wood.

I would give this product a 100% review. It is so convenient to grease your bearings that they should NEVER FAIL due to lack of lubrication.




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




by:

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!


Comments
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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Excellent service. I highly recommend etrailer! Shipping was fast and hastle free.



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