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Old 22 January 2007, 04:25   #11
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When I fitted some,they were so tight I had to trim down the savers a tad on a lathe,they worked well after that.
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Old 22 January 2007, 08:02   #12
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Savers worked for me, but they are not perfect, keeping them just full of grease is the key, but in the end I still got a little water in once, so for peace of mind, my service cycle is : Brake cables every year, bearings and pads every second year
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Old 22 January 2007, 11:57   #13
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I fitted some over a year ago and have had no problems even with regular salt water dips.
I also fitted an extra oil seal at the back of the hub to stop any water ingress and loss of grease etc.
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Old 22 January 2007, 12:12   #14
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Has anyone a link to these 'Bearing Savers'?

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Old 22 January 2007, 12:29   #15
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Has anyone a link to these 'Bearing Savers'?

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Here ya go shep. 3rd row down.

http://www.western-towing.co.uk/acat...sion_hubs.html

you need to check your hub mfr first tho
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Old 22 January 2007, 12:49   #16
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Aidan-we used to change wheel bearings every year in the dim distant after experiencing bearing failures on the road. Then we started using castrol heavy grease which really is very thick waterproof stuff . And in the twenty or so years since have never had a wheel bearing problem. Just brought one of our boats back from storage to give it a spruce up before a course. 6 years old still on its original bearings with castrol heavy and bearing savers and its been down to the south coast loadsa times (300 miles each way), up to Scotland, used every week during the season etc etc and the bearings still look and sound fine. Problem is they have stopped making castrol heavy- and I am about to run out of the stuff!
and yes bearing savers are a helluva tight fit when you first put them on !
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Old 22 January 2007, 12:50   #17
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Looks like I got them on my trailer. Do you need to do something special with them. I just put a grease gun on them once in a while.

By the way how easy is it to change the brakes ? I've always been pretty useless at changing drum brakes and I should imagine they would be in a bad condition if they've been stuck in saltwater.
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This is not a solution for you ,but if anyone is looking to replace or purchase a trailer I would thoroughly recommend Elxis in Greece. My trailer was no more expensive than the usual range available in UK. However, it comes with hydraulically operated disc brakes and hubs that do not need touching for 3 years, Indeed, my trailer has been in and out of the water for over 2 years in the very saline Eastern Mediterranean without any problems.. Maybe there is a dealer in UK who would look at importing them!!! (www.elxiscenter.com)
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This is not a solution for you ,but if anyone is looking to replace or purchase a trailer I would thoroughly recommend Elxis in Greece. My trailer was no more expensive than the usual range available in UK. However, it comes with hydraulically operated disc brakes and hubs that do not need touching for 3 years, Indeed, my trailer has been in and out of the water for over 2 years in the very saline Eastern Mediterranean without any problems.. Maybe there is a dealer in UK who would look at importing them!!! (www.elxiscenter.com)

Yea I've seen a couple of manufacturers offering disks as an option. To me it looks a damn fine idea. Maybe some peeps on here could offer some comment ?
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On my last boat I went through 2 sets of bearings every year.
I then fitted a set of bearing savers and got 2 seasons out of a set of bearings.
I found the secret of fitting them is to put them into the deep freeze for 24 hours before trying to fit them. The cold contracted them enough to only require a light tap of the rubber hammer to fully install same.
Don’t refill same with grease for a further 4 hours until the bearing savers have defrosted and expanded to make a tight fit.
Have them fitted on my current boat now for one season (Launching and recovering most weekends from April to October ) and have just serviced the trailer for the coming year and found the old bearings perfect
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