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Old 04-11-2008, 10:27 PM   #1
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just wondering what is the best way to clean the gears in the diffs for my losi 8 buggy....i've heard laquer thinner, mineral spirits, but not sure whats the best and safest for the materials. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as always..thanks in advance..
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Mainly use Naphta, works great and cheap.
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Mainly use Naphta, works great and cheap.


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Never tried that stuff, but I will dump most of the oil out and use some type of Quick dry cleaner followed by the trusty Q-Tips. Might have to give that stuff a try.
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I also use this method and it works awesome.
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YUP !! That stuff works too I happen to use Dupont Cold weather enamel reducer but basically the same thing and it works AWSOME !!
If you go to your friendly body shop and ask them "what they use to remove silicone based materials from the paint just before prep" you will have your local answer ,as this is just what you need ,something to cut through the silicone .
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Simple green should work if your worried about plastic parts. I usually disassemble mine complete and soak it in brake cleaner since mine are aluminum.
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I use a glass mason jar...filled half with Naptha...put all the gears and pins in a Diff Dunker (GMK supply makes it)shake it around for 20 to 30 seconds and the gears are free of all oil...let dry on a towel and you done! I just let the diff cases set so the oil will drain out...by the time the gears are dry the cases are ready to reassemble.
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Actually, GMK only sells the dunker. It's a tea brewing device for using loose tea, available at most any grocery store.
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I use a glass mason jar...filled half with Naptha...put all the gears and pins in a Diff Dunker (GMK supply makes it)shake it around for 20 to 30 seconds and the gears are free of all oil...let dry on a towel and you done! I just let the diff cases set so the oil will drain out...by the time the gears are dry the cases are ready to reassemble.
Ditto that.

I use a magnet to get all the steel parts out of the jar afterwards. I'd avoid any harsh solvents on the plastic parts though: use a similar glass jar with rubbing alcohol in it to safely clean your plastic bits: just drop in the jar, close the lid, shake, and you're done
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Naptha wont hurt the plastic
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The Diffdunker is just a tea brewer that has been
re-taged and marked way up in price. They can be
found at Target and other stores like that for $2.99
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yeah we wouldnt want the spend $2 extra to support the small RC companies trying to help all of us out....
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sounds like the naphta is the product of choice....but just wondering if you can use the naphta to clean the plastic parts... if not someone sair rubbing alcohol..is this the best product for the plastics??sorry if someone already answered this and i did not catch it...
thanks for the advice. i know that i can count on rc tech'rs
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