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    Lightbulb bearing buddies

    I have a set that came on a trailer, i cleaned all the old greese out of them and now i'm ready to reinstall. I've never used them before so i'm a bit confused how to install.

    MY bearing buddies have a wing nut on the zerk fitting, i can drive it all the way down or all the way out. Most of the BB instructions i'm finding online dont have this wing nut adjustment. can sombody shed some light on the installation and what the wing nut is for???

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    Mine have the zerk on the spindle, allowing you to lube from the back out. Most bearing buddies I've seen have the zerk on the outer cap??? Not sure why that would be better. As far as the wingnut deal I'm lost there, but I'm sure someone will know something. Got a pic?
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    Mine, you pull the bra off and the zerk is pointing at you like a nipple... the zerk is on the part thats spring loaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    Mine, you pull the bra off and the zerk is pointing at you like a nipple... the zerk is on the part thats spring loaded.
    Boy does that leave a spot for a smart ass comment but I'm already in trouble for a Ford vs. Chevy comment!!!

    By the way...that's how mine's set up but there's no wingnut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    Boy does that leave a spot for a smart ass comment but I'm already in trouble for a Ford vs. Chevy comment!!!

    By the way...that's how mine's set up but there's no wingnut.
    You think Woolify? I was all over that one but you beat me too it.

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    new to me................got a pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrork View Post
    You think Woolify? I was all over that one but you beat me too it.
    Make's you kind of want to go play with your trailer!!!!

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    Shaun ... let me get this straight ...

    you have a wing nut or you don't? you have a zerk or you don't?

    In your 1st post you said:
    "MY bearing buddies have a wing nut on the zerk fitting, i can drive it all the way down or all the way out."

    Then you said:
    "Mine, you pull the bra off and the zerk is pointing at you like a nipple... the zerk is on the part thats spring loaded."

    Your posts are so random and confusing at times ... just trying to figure this one out. You have a wingnut or a zerk?

    Maybe post up pictures so we can follow you when you post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    Boy does that leave a spot for a smart ass comment
    Yep, thats why i wrote it that way....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BUSBY View Post
    Shaun ... let me get this straight ...

    you have a wing nut or you don't? you have a zerk or you don't?

    In your 1st post you said:
    "MY bearing buddies have a wing nut on the zerk fitting, i can drive it all the way down or all the way out."

    Then you said:
    "Mine, you pull the bra off and the zerk is pointing at you like a nipple... the zerk is on the part thats spring loaded."

    Your posts are so random and confusing at times ... just trying to figure this one out. You have a wingnut or a zerk?

    Maybe post up pictures so we can follow you when you post?

    Yes and Yes, and thats because they are both true.


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    Thats a Strange Wing nut nipple zerk

    just remember the hub seals need to be flipped over
    when using bearing buddies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    Yes and Yes, and thats because they are both true.

    huh? wander why your BB are that way? If you press on that fitting does it have some play in it. It should have a little squash to it against the spring. Are those brand new? If not Id toss them and go match up a new set. Or just try them out. Pump grease till it starts coming out of the seams and call it good.

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    I had those on my first trailer back in '75, you bring the wing nut all the way out and then grease it. Once full, turn the wing nut in to better pack the bearings. At least that's what I thought it was for back then
    I really don't recall if mine had a spring?

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    That's still a common BB on the older trailers, still have them on my 1980 Miller trailer.
    The spring pushes the cap outward, the nut pushes the cap inwards. It's non auto packing, meaning you must turn the nut to load the bearings with grease.
    All you do is back the nut all the way out, pump the hub full of grease. Every season tighten the nut a little to pack grease back into the bearings, once the nut is bottomed out it's time to repack.
    Personally I suggest you throw those out in favor of the new style BB's. The new ones keep the hub packed better, and do a better job of keeping water out of the hub as they can keep a slight amount of pressure in the hub.
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