Bearing Buddys on a Flagstaff 206ltd anyone?

Discussion in 'Tires / Brakes / Bearings / Axles' started by MIke Ingram, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. MIke Ingram

    MIke Ingram New Member

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    Anyone done this? any opinions?
     
  2. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    Most dont like the Bearing Buddy because they dont get the grease to the rear bearing.
     
  3. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    I have had them on brakeless trailers for 25+ years. No issues.
     
  4. tombiasi

    tombiasi Well-Known Member

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    There are many threads about them. Do a search for "Bearing Buddies".
     
  5. MIke Ingram

    MIke Ingram New Member

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    Ya, sorry was looking specific to my p'up. It may have sealed axles for all I know. I've had it a week and don't know all. Put them on my 01 coleman but then sold before i realized any benefit.
     
  6. neighbormike

    neighbormike Active Member

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    They won't hurt at all, but would be more helpful on a boat trailer (in my opinion)... Bearing buddies help get fresh grease in, but that doesn't take the place of actually cleaning and repacking wheel bearings...
     
  7. Snow

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    Depending on what axle you have (manufacturer ) it may have EZ-Lube hubs on it..
     
  8. Old_Geezer

    Old_Geezer Active Member

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    Bearing buddies have no benefit whatsoever on a trailer that never sees a boat ramp. All they do is maintain a slight positive pressure on the hub cavity in an attempt to keep water out. There is no benefit other than that to maintaining pressure in the hub cavity, so if you're not planning on bass fishing with your popup, a waste of money and time.

    EZ lube is a different arrangement and is sure to start a forum brewhahahaha. I use the EZ lube and that's all I'll say about it.
     
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  10. f5moab

    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    I believe the MAC LTD line did not have easy lube system (either EZ or Ultra).
    I would think if bearing buddies was to be installed it would still require disassembly of the hub and bearings to make sure and to replace if needed, the back seal with a double lip design as bearing buddy requires.
    At that point, might as well just do a bearing repack every three or four years.
     
  11. SteveP

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    You most likely have an EZlube, or similar axle, which makes bearing buddies obsolete. If you have a rubber dust cap or dust cap center on your wheel spindle pull it off and you should see grease zerk underneath. Consult your manual for the proper procedure for lubrication using the grease zerk.
     
  12. f5moab

    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    Per Flagstaff, LTD does not have easy lube axles.
    But just in case....
    Remove the rubber plug from the center of the hub
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    Look for zerk
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  13. joet

    joet Well-Known Member

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    I sold a 2010 MAC LTD that I purchased new. and it DID have the easy lube axle. The plugs had rotted and I had to replace them before I sold it.
     
  14. f5moab

    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    I guess that is FR's way of cheapening their trailers. The 2012 brochure I have and the 2016 I found online note that the LTD did not have the easy lube axles.
     

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