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Post Posted: 05:16am - Mar 12,18 
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Any particular brand of bearings better then the next? got home yesterday noticed grease all over the rim, one of the bearing buddy's popped off so I'm going to replace both just to keep things running smooth.

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Location: Tinley Park

Post Posted: 05:52am - Mar 12,18 
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They're all practically made in china or india so it's a tough to find American Made. But I use Timken Bearings. ( AutoZone or Napa )

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Location: Bartlett, Lund Mr. Pike 90hp Yamaha

Post Posted: 06:13am - Mar 12,18 
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SKF bearings are still made here for now. They even have a plant in Elgin.

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Location: Winthrop Harbor, 1996 LUND 2450 Genmar, NO ROSES

Post Posted: 07:16am - Mar 12,18 
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A quality double lipped seal is another key in keeping the water out, I use National Seal. Additionally I only use the true bearing buddy's with a bra. After installation of the bearing buddy's I wipe the circumference of it with brake cleaner and then apply a small bead of RTV Silicone. I've found that the addition of the silicone prevents the loss of the bearing buddy's and is easily cut away the next time the bearing buddy needs to be removed.

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Post Posted: 07:46am - Mar 12,18 
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Why did it fall off-cracked hub?
Clean the hub with brakleen and use a bright light, look close for hairline crack caused by excess heat. If it's cracked, it's just gonna fall off again.
I don't think brand of bearing matters, just keep them greased good.
Good advice GS99

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Post Posted: 09:06am - Mar 12,18 
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I dont know why it fell off I got home and noticed it was missing and grease all over the rim, maybe it got water in at after I launched and ice popped it off .I'm going to take it apart and inspect bearings and repack or replace if necessary. Then put another bearing buddy on.

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Post Posted: 03:34pm - Mar 12,18 
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Bearing buddies are great, but can be problematic. I lost two over the years on different trailers. To fit right, it must be super snug. Once I got the right ones, when I went to remove them each spring for service, it took a bit to get them off.

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Post Posted: 07:03pm - Mar 12,18 
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I took it apart today no damage ,to the bearings or races so I repacked the bearings and put a new bearing buddy on and good to go.

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Post Posted: 11:32am - Mar 14,18 
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I am surprised that no one mentioned that your hub being flared or egg shaped as the cause of your bearing buddie coming off. The hubs are a softer metal and when guys remove the BB's they deform the outer edge of the hub and the BB does not fit as tight as it did when the hubs were new. The hubs can be reshaped using a hammer and slowly going around the outside edge of the hub. Work slowly and don't go crazy with the hitting and you should be able to reshape the hub so the BB fit tightly.

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Post Posted: 01:29pm - Mar 14,18 
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Thanks for the tip I'll definitely give that a try flare the edge a little for a tighter fit

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Post Posted: 05:31am - Mar 16,18 
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for what its worth the guys at sub trailer in tinley dp not recommend bearing buddies at all. totally against them. talked to them last fall about replacing hubs and bearings and just would not recommend them for several reasons, one being hubs being distorted, another not enough greases actually getting into bearings. would be curious to others thoughts on this since i need to get this work done soon. i currently have them on trailer now, with no issues

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Post Posted: 02:31pm - Mar 16,18 
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I did mine packed the bearings with amsoil marine bearing grease and used the bearing buddys ,and yes the were a little looser then I would like so I took Teflon tape and wrapped it around the bearing buddy a few times and was able to get them in there pretty tight after the Teflon tape.

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Post Posted: 08:45pm - Mar 27,18 
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I use blue lock tite and never lost a BB. Is someone using the BB as a step to get/look in the boat?

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Post Posted: 09:15pm - Mar 27,18 
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Not that I know of but that could have been a possibility..lol it's fixed already.

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Post Posted: 06:48am - Mar 30,18 
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Threw away bearing buddies years ago and switched to Liqua-Lube oil bath system and haven't had a bearing problem in 20 years. Plus they can't fall off.

http://www.liqualube.com/

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Post Posted: 03:40pm - Mar 30,18 
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last but not least,donit use the old races- put the new ones in and if you can move the old races by hand throw the hubs out

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Post Posted: 04:30pm - Mar 30,18 
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Everything was in good shape no damage to races or bearings just cleaned up and repacked
Everything and reinstalled .

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