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Old 06 November 2005, 09:26   #1
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Indespension super roller coaster 7 hub overhaul

I am giving the hubs an overhaul on my super roller coaster 7 trailer as i built it up 7 years ago and not really touched it since. The bearings have slight marks on them so going to change out all the bearings etc. and load them again with waterproof grease. I think the secret has been loading as much grease in the hub as physically possible as it has keep everything near perfect for so long.

is anyone aware of or used the spring loaded caps that supposedly put the grease under slight pressure to prevent the ingress of water? are they any good?

I have taper roller bearings and they are in superb condondition considering the length of time they have been fitted and i always dunk the wheels. Also the brakes and drums have survived remarkably well considering the use.

I originally purchase the trailer and the working parts were shot so fitted new hub units/brakes/suspension/hitch unit/wheels/tyres/brake cables/ and i shot blasted all the non galvanised components and then assembled and hammerited the exposed stuff, it has lasted well so was thinking it was time to give it a bit of tender loving care.

when i spoke with indespension they recommended checking/replacing the bearings every 6 months or so, so i guessed my regime of every 7 years meant it was time to check it all over ready for the next 7 years!!
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...is anyone aware of or used the spring loaded caps that supposedly put the grease under slight pressure to prevent the ingress of water? are they any good.
Yep. Buy 'em.
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They're called Bearing Buddies. I've got'em. They work well.
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where did you get your bearing buds from, not found a suitable place yet
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Try www.bearingbuddy.com. They're yank. Not sure who stocks them in the UK.
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Indespension at Fareham (Swanwick) . they be pricey though!
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Do the bearing buddies work if you have the so called "sealed for life" bearings???
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Do the bearing buddies work if you have the so called "sealed for life" bearings???
Not sure. The sealed for life are "sealed" as in won't need lubing arn't they? I don't think that includes bunging them in the sea!
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Anyway, dunking the trailer in the sea still totally knackers the brakes. This is OK for me as I only tow a couple of miles, but for you long distance towers i a bit of a prob.
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Bearing Savers, Indespension, about 17 qwid for a pair.
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