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Old 16 October 2011, 14:04   #11
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Thanks gentlemen, it's starting to become a bit clearer to me, although by the same token everyone seems to have their own personal views regarding bearing savers or not, waterproof grease or not etc.

The inner bearing is so rusted that the laser etched part no is unreadable. The axle appears to be a Meredith & Eyre RS150200 with 200mm x 50mm drum. I can find bearing kits for M&E hubs of smaller diameter but not my particular version. I can also find a Peak bearing kit which has the right combination of bearings (based on my measurements) but lacks the correct oil seal. I will have to call Dixonbate tomorrow and see what they have to offer.
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Old 16 October 2011, 14:19   #12
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Take the old ones to bearing services/ hendersons etc half the price of the trailer places. Once you've done that keep the numbers of the bearings for the next time

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Old 16 October 2011, 15:31   #13
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If it's Meredith & Eyre 200x50 (drum casting number 1160 or 1203) then you're correct about the bearings being the same as Peak. They copied the casting!

Ergo your bearings should be:

Inner cone LM48548
Inner cup LM48510
Outer cone L44649
Outer cup L44610
Seal 262.162.37

Biffer's right though - go to a bearing place, they should be more reasonably priced.

PS. Hello Biff. You won't remember me, but you did some chuffing excellent stainless steel work on a motorbike exhaust of mine many, many moons ago. Hope you're well.
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Through the rust I think I can make out 1160 stamped into it. Really helpful to have someone properly knowledgable chip in, thanks. (and that's not a slur on all the other good ribnetters that have contributed )

I'll try my local motor factors for a kit but I don't hold out much hope as they can't have much demand in our relatively small community. Failing that, any recommendations for good reliable on-line suppliers of a Peak kit? I see Trailer-Tek do them but I know nothing about them.

Any tricks for popping the bearing shells out of the hubs? I've tried tapping them with a punch but they're quite tightly wedged in. Brute force??
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Yup, Trailertek are fine. The owner wronged me pretty badly, a few years ago, so I'll not comment on them. However, on a business level, their parts are well priced and of equal quality to most you'll find on the net. They hold a good stock too, so you should receive them pretty quickly.

Reference bearing cups/races - yes, you'll need to give them a good clout to get them moving. But once on the move they should come out ok. It's not unusual for them to crack/shatter either. If they come out intact then keep them - you can use them to start drifitng the new ones in (keeping them straight!). I've got some Snap-On parabolic drifts, which are fantastic as they're curved to fit the curvature of the bearing cups, but that's just showing off
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Biffer's right though - go to a bearing place,
I got mine from Solent bearings in Southampton and said I didn't want cheap bearings! Still haven't lasted. Will definitely do more research before buying my next ones!!!

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i have in the past taken old bearings if its a bit of a unknown ,to one of our local bearing suppliers ,as long as they are clean they drop them into a machine that measures them and gives out the number or alternitive size /type ,

when getting the outer race back or compleate bearing in the hub i tap until straight then squeeze them in with a large vice ,
in an emergency or at the side of the road a large nut and bolt with a couple if plate washes does the same unless you tap or hammer them in .

and i have bought expensive ones that have lasted less than the cheap ones .
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Morning trailer guy sorry can't place your job I would remember if I see you though. I remember faces more than jobs. Them numbers that you quoted for bearings are mostly universal across suppliers

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and i have bought expensive ones that have lasted less than the cheap ones .
now I'm stuck what to do!
Think we all need to start naming the manufacturers of bearings as being good or bad for us too!
Will see if I still have the packaging or invoice from mine and post here later!

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Problem is, most of them seem to come from China. The packaging bears no relation to the original supplier.

Incidentally, I just tried ordering a set from Trailertek but they wanted 30 postage to Jersey. Needless to say I've ended up going elsewhere (Taunton Trailers who were happy with 3!)
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