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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. Great 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 1-833-496-1390 for expert service.
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Bearing Buddy Trailer Bearings Races Seals Caps - BB1980A

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

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (319 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.

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Bearing Buddy protectors live up to their reputation. What I really appreciate is the immediate attention and prompt shipping etrailer gives to each order. Thank you etrailer!




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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.




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I recently upgraded my 43 year old small boat trailer with parts from ETRAILER. New hubs, bearings, Bearing Buddy's, wheels and tires. Natalie L spent quite a bit of time on the phone with me to figure out what I needed and when it arrived everything was perfect. This is the first time I have replaced the hubs and wheels in 43 years. Timely service, great prices and I could not be more pleased.




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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




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Delivered a month earlier than expected. They were installed on the trailer 10 minutes later. You guys are the best




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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!




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Working with Steve was a great experience. He was very helpful and knowledgeable. Shipping was quick. I look forward to working with Steve again in the near future.




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When I called etrailer for supplies I spoke with Dana. She was most helpful in securing the correct bearings and races for my small trailer. She helped through the entire process and had my order shipped the same day. I am very satisfied with the order and the speed it was delivered. I am sure you will be happy with any order placed with etrailer, Chuck B.




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Installed with ease and seem to be doing what they are intended for well.

Thanks eTrailer!


Comments
All has been great!
megcabra - 11/08/2019


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For the time I had the trailer, it worked fine. Also, they went in a lot easier than I thought. I'll be getting these again for the next camper trailer I get.




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I've used bearing buddies before, they are a good product at a fair price.




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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.




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These Bearing Buddies are slightly different than my old ones, perhaps easier to tell if the grease volume in the hub is correct. They drove into the hubs snugly. . .hope I don't want to get them off anytime soon!




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First rate service and product knowledge.
Many
thanks




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Good service exact fits Delivery was slower than promised




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WORKS FINE




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I fitted these to my Northern Tool 4x8 folding trailer, so I don't have to worry about repacking the bearing anymore. They are excellent quality, and I highly recommend them.




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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.


Comments
no complaints
P.S. - 08/20/2015


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I like your service excuse me though I will never order through Amazon again though but your service was great thank you




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Attached are two photos of Bearing Buddy protectors on my Time Out tent camper.




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Easy to install. Keeps my trailer on the road with little concern about the bearings being properly greased.




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Great outfit. I messed up my order and was upset. Alyssa calmly helped me straighten it out and sent me exactly what I needed. What a relief.




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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.


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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great product and good price




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Excellent quality. Easy to install and use. Keeps the water out



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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 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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  • Buddy Buddy Recommendation for Trailer Hub with Bearings L44649 and 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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  • 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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  • Correct Bearing Buddy for Bear Trailer with 3,500 lb Axles
    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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  • 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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  • Do Trailer Bearings Need to be Repacked on a Trailer Running 200 Miles a Year
    The grease in your bearings can break down over time so it is best practice to repack your bearings every 12 months (or 12,000 miles but this doesn't apply to you). Now, if you were to accidentally forget to repack them one season it wouldn't be terrible, but it would be better to notice that the grease broke down and replace it than to let it go and run the risk of having too little grease. One of the best "hassle-free" solutions for repacking your bearings is to install Bearing Buddys....
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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 Buddies To Replace Grease Caps That Measure 1.977" Diameter
    The most accurate way to chose a Bearing Buddy Protector is to measure the diameter of your hub bore opening of your trailer hub. It sounds like you most likely have a 1.98" diameter bore for that I recommend to use the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors part # BB1980A-SS for stainless steel or part # BB1980A for chrome plated. I do recommend to double check the measurement of the hub bore with a digital caliper.
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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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  • 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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  • Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors for Hub Bore of 1.998-Inch
    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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  • Replacement Bearing Protectors for Older Boat Trailer With 1-63/64 Hub Bore
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Which Bearing Buddy Do I Need
    The Bearing Buddy Bearing Protector # BB1938 is designed to fit on a 1.938" hub bore and with outer bearing model 09067. In order to choose the correct grease cap or bearing protector, I strongly recommend using a precise measuring tool such as a dial caliper. Hubs can have bores that differ by only a few thousandths of an inch, so getting an exact measurement will help us choose the correct cap for you. There isn't really a "typical" setup for a trailer since the components vary depending...
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  • How to Pick Out Bearing Buddies for a Trailer Hub
    In order to pick out the correct bearing buddy you will need know the pilot hole of your hub. To do this, remove the wheel and tire and remove the grease cap from the center of the hub. Usually it is a metal cap that is just lightly hammered into place. Use a screwdriver to pry off the cap. Clean the grease off and measure the opening with a digital or dial caliper. I have included a video demonstrating the Bearing Buddy. The Bearing Buddies # BB1980A that you referenced are for hubs...
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  • Are Bearing Buddies Compatible with Standard Trailer Bearings and Seals
    All you need to do to install and use the Bearing Buddy Protectors part # BB1980A is remove your current caps like you did and install the # BB1980A. This product will work with your current bearings and seals just fine.
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  • Bearing Protector Not Wanting to Fit Into Hub Bore
    Believe it or not, the outside diameter of the Bearing Buddy is designed to be a bit larger than the inside diameter of the hub bore. Typically, a Bearing Buddy sized to fit a 1.98 hub bore will actually be about 1.986 in diameter, which means yours is about right. As long as the inside diameter of the hub bore is between 1.980 - 1.983, you should be able to drive that bearing into place using a scrap of wood between the bearing protector and the hammer. I've installed a few of the bearing...
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  • Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors for 1993 Wells Cargo Enclosed Bike Trailer
    Bearing Buddy model # BB1980A will fit a hub bore of 1.98 inches. Or it might be easier to look at the outer bearing number, which you should be able to see without removing the hub. If the outer bearing is L44643, L44649, or L44640 then these Bearing Buddies will fit. If you decide to measure the hub bore you will need to use dial or digital calipers because the measurement has to be as accurate as possible.
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  • Using Bearing Buddies on 10K Axle With Oil Bath Hubs
    Although they're most frequently used on boat trailers, you can use a Bearing Buddy on just about any trailer. You'll want to make sure to install a double lip grease seal, and be careful not to overfill hub. Even with a double lip seal, many folks tend to overfill their hubs and end up blowing out the seal (myself included.) I did some research, and found that the hub bore of the typical 10K axle is around 3.5 to 4.3 inches in diameter, which is larger than any of the Bearing Buddies...
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  • Do Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors Only Come in Pairs
    Bearing Buddies only come in pairs. If you did get a pair then you would have a spare in case you should ever need one in the future!
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  • Solution for Bearing Buddy that Won't Accept Grease
    Moving the wheel could help allow the grease to make its way into the hub of your trailer, but it could also be a clogged zerk fitting. There isn't an easy way to unclog zerk fittings so you may just need to replace the Bearing Buddys with the part # BB1980A. It could be dried up grease on the other side of the Bearing Buddy too. You would want to remove them and try cleaning them from the inside.
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  • Are Inner And Outer Bearing Greased When Using Bearing Buddy
    When the Bearing Buddy like part # BB1980A is used it will add grease to both the inner and outer bearings on your trailer. I have attached a link to our product page for the bearing protectors we offer. You can use the filter on the product page to find the correct protector for your trailer.
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