Anyone use bearing buddies?

1/28/16 @ 2:33 PM
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mkjo
mkjo
USER since 8/18/06
I have been having problems with water getting into my trailer's wheel bearings the last few years. I have replaced the seals and dust caps numerous times, but nothing has worked so far. I am now considering putting in bearing buddies this spring and looking for opinions from anyone who has used them. Anyone using them?
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5/16/18 @ 4:02 PM
GRANDAD
GRANDAD
USER since 6/1/09

I have them on my trailer,No problems,But I still pull the hub Before storage,to make sure NO water is in there over winter!

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5/16/18 @ 8:49 AM
Highthrust
Highthrust
MEMBER since 1/21/13

One thing to know about bearing buddies. They do not lube the bearings.

They only keep pressure on the bearing so you don't suck water in when launching.

The mistake made is to think you no longer have to repack bearings if you have buddies. The rear bearing is always the first to go because no new grease ever gets to it. 

EZ lube hubs, Oil filled, or some after market hubs with grease fittings on the rear of the hub, all are better answers than bearing buddies. All these designs move new lube to the bearings eliminating the need for repacking bearings.

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5/15/18 @ 11:13 AM
Tim Zwieg
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USER since 1/10/12

Bearing buddies work great, had them on every trailer i owned until I switched to EZLUBE Hubs

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5/11/18 @ 6:53 AM
SuspendedMusky
SuspendedMusky
USER since 12/9/08
I have bearing buddies on my 2001 Shorelandr trailer and on my 2004 Yacht Club trailer.  I have never had an issue with them. 

Edited on 5/11/18 7:14 AM
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5/10/18 @ 6:51 PM
BigMusky12
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USER since 12/22/04

I have had EZ lube hubs which makes it easy to regrease bearings without repacking.  

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5/10/18 @ 6:48 PM
mattw
mattw
USER since 5/6/16

I have bearing buddies on my trailer from day one and never had issues . I use marine grade grease and have the right size dust cap on them. I check play and every other year take them apart and check bearings and seals etc . 

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5/10/18 @ 4:17 PM
RangerKid
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USER since 6/26/01

This is the best and straight forward explanation of the different bearing systems I have seen. Also, how the bearings work.

http://www.boatus.com/magazine/trailering/2015/october/keeping-your-trailer-tire-bearings-happy.asp






 




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2/5/16 @ 9:20 PM
SnakeSter
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MEMBER since 7/9/12
I looked up liquid lube hubs and they still make them. I used too have Turbo Hubs and they were great. Don't make that kind anymore. I'll ride my grease hubs for a few years cause I know they're in real good shape. I don't think twice about going back to oil bath hubs. I loved them. Bearing buddies help a little if you got em packed and inspected.

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2/5/16 @ 10:22 AM
Tim Zwieg
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USER since 1/10/12
I agree, go with an oil bath style, much easier to maintain, and with the oil floating around your bearings will run much cooler.

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2/2/16 @ 1:35 PM
muskie nut
muskie nut
USER since 6/26/01
Had them, got rid of them. I went to oil bath and they work great. Still need to check the play every so often (once a yr at least), but they are what the semis use on their trailer hubs and they last. They run cooler than greased hubs and therefore the bearing will last longer as well. Mine use biodegradable oil and will absorb some water. When yhe oil gets contaminated with water, the oil will turns from red to brown. I never had that happen. My brand name is Liqa-Lube out of Lake Mills. Not sure if they are still around?

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