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Bearing Buddies for trailers

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Is there any difference in the quality of the bearing buddies from Cabela's versus those from Harbor Freight/Wal-Mart? I'd rather not order if I can pick them up locally.
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Re: Bearing Buddies for trailers

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As long as they fit tight, they will work fine. It is nice to have the plastic caps also.

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Re: Bearing Buddies for trailers

I will post a few pictures later

Keep in mind they ONLY put a bit of grease on the outer bearing as it cant travel across the spindle to the inner bearing which is most subject to water intrusion from a leaking inner seal

The newer drilled axels that have a grease passage to the inner bearing are vastly better

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Re: Bearing Buddies for trailers

Bearing Buddies are a poor excuse for proper maintainance and I would not waste money on them!...Dale

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Keep in mind they ONLY put a bit of grease on the outer bearing as it cant travel across the spindle to the inner bearing which is most subject to water intrusion from a leaking inner seal

The newer drilled axels that have a grease passage to the inner bearing are vastly better
This is not true. The idea is to pack the entire spindle volume too with grease, and it will then move continuously through the outside bearing, along the spindle, and through the inner bearing.

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Re: Bearing Buddies for trailers

Not strictly true, Mark - it really isn't a good idea to fill the entire spindle with grease. If you do this, with nowhere else to go, the grease gets forced into places it shouldn't ever get to - like the brake shoes.

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Bearing Buddies are a poor excuse for proper maintainance and I would not waste money on them!...Dale
Not true either.. Bearing buddies allow the grease to expand and contract as the wheel/axles gets heated up and rapidly cooled down (particularly on launching the boat after a long drive!) preventing water getting sucked into the bearing and subsequent bearing failure...

I'd consider them essential myself.

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Keep in mind they ONLY put a bit of grease on the outer bearing as it cant travel across the spindle to the inner bearing which is most subject to water intrusion from a leaking inner seal
Hehe.. depends entirely on how much grease you put in, I suppose.

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Why not pick up a set the highways are littered with them!... Dale

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Why not pick up a set the highways are littered with them!... Dale
Too true!.. another good example of what can happen if you overfill them.

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Re: Bearing Buddies for trailers

As a matter of fact I am and expert



stage one


stage two



Stage three





They there always leak the rear sealing area is mild steel and fails even in freshwater



They invented SS speedy sleeves to fix issues as it now has a surface a seal can stay alive on and NOT rust ASAP



They can be driven on over a sealer with some caution and primitive tools




They leave you with a PERFECT SEALING area that will NOT leak

Smart people still spend the two hours once a year to check



And travel with a road kit


The bore area were the buddy installs has a primitive size tolerance on a good day and depending on the hub they are between a hand fit and a sledgehammer

They do allow for a bit of thermal expansion BUT still only lube the outer bearing which already has plenty of grease

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