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Old 03-20-2017, 02:44 PM   #43
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I don't know that you can get the bearing caps out without damage. There is a tool for that, but I have never owned one. For wheel bearings I drive a flat blade screwdriver in between the cap and the hub and then pry around at intervals. Sometimes that works, sometime it doesn't. Another technique is to grab the rim of the cap with Channel-lock pliers and wiggle (technical mechanical term). Damage to the cap is more of an issue here than with a wheel bearing IMO.

My caps were damaged when I received the (used) hitch. I sent two e-mails and called the office leaving a message for Sean about ordering caps and the spring bar retainer disks but got no response, so I googled the Propride part numbers and ordered a set of four (two of each size) from a vendor other than ProPride. It appears the cap part numbers are some kind of an industry standard, not Propride proprietary. I guess my friend with a milling machine and I will have to make the disks.

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Old 03-20-2017, 02:52 PM   #44
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For us folks that are a bit clueless at times, how do you remove the bearing dust caps so you don't damage them for eventual reuse?
I have found both removal and re-installation is an exercise in patience, if you want to not damage and re-use them. removal is pretty easy if you pry and/or wiggle in small increments around the circumference of the cap.

Installing with a nylon mallet is trickier in order to avoid denting them. You have to TAP around the circumference, down low by the lip...at about a 45 - 60* angle...and lightly...many times...around the circumference.

If someone has a better idea, like a dished tool of which I am not aware, please let us all know.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:04 PM   #45
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Don't know if two of these would be the right size, but...

https://www.etrailer.com/question-28173.html

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Old 03-20-2017, 03:19 PM   #46
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Al, nope, those are both for squared tops with a flanged lip...and that's all I can find in the interwebs.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:26 PM   #47
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Rich,
The hitch I bought has domed caps with a flange. Do yours not have a flange? Maybe someone had been into this hitch even though the seller didn't indicate as such. According to him he bought it new from Sean two years ago.

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No, mine (HAHA) are domes with in flange.

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Nice. What did that set you back, if you don't mind sharing?


Nothing. Unless I get a bill later. The FedEx label was prepaid. I'm not sure this is the normal arrangement so did not want to make that statement unless everyone expect the same. I was out maybe $15 for boxes and packing material. Not the easiest thing to pack/ ship.

Got everything back together this weekend. Looks and works like new.
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Kudos to Sean

Well, another post in the vein of "Thanks, Sean". Apparently Sean read, or was informed, that I was unable to order the spring bar retainer disks. He e-mailed me tonight, apologized for dropping the ball, and is sending them to me. Mistakes happen. This is a continuation of the outstanding support that Sean has given me in my process, even though I ultimately bought a used hitch.

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