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Old 11-23-2009, 06:24 PM   #1
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Over the weekend I raced on a very sandy track, I went to clean my buggy and noticed that all of my bearings are very notchy. I have had the buggy (Z01b-team) for about 4 months now. should i just replace the bearings, or can i clean them out somehow? thanks for your time.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:48 PM   #2
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AVID BEARINGS ALL THE WAY $1.00ea
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I clean my bearings every 3 or 4 runs. Pop out the seal and hit it with carb cleaner until the grit is gone. Blow it out with compressed air, lube, replace seal, then it's just like new. Bearings are cheap, but so am I. I don't mind the work.
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Carb cleaner= $3.00 a can

Lube= $5.00 a bottle

Cleaning 24-28 bearings= 2-4 hours labor

For $24-$28 you can put in all new ones..my time is worth way more than $7 an hour

for those of you that clean em, more power to you
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:35 PM   #5
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i wouldnt get rid of them though, there will always be those rainy days in the summer when you had planned to go race and now have nothing to do, CLEAN BEARINGS, or you can clean a few here and there while watching tv
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:47 PM   #6
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i dont know man if sand gets in there it scathes the ball bearings so i dont think you can get them smooth again and they might lock up on you i would just get a pack bearings
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:02 PM   #7
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Most of the time I clean and reuse them but it depends on the condition of the bearing and the size. Wheel and diff bearings are worth my time but steering rack and clutch bearings I just replace.

I buy the cheap carb or brake cleaner from Wally World for about a buck a can. I pop the seals, spray them out, hit them with an air compressor, and lube them with a couple drops of Tri-Flow. I've had the same bottle for 5 years and there is still a lot left. I have done enough of them that it only takes me about a minute start to finish for each bearing. I rarely have all of them needing attention at the same time so it only adds maybe 10 minutes to my cleaning routine.
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It's way to easy to just put new bearings in these days.
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dude cleaning RC bearings is not worth the trouble anymore - now with Avdo Tko and Protech sellin bearings for a buck a piece, it cost more to clean them
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Carb cleaner= $3.00 a can

Lube= $5.00 a bottle

Cleaning 24-28 bearings= 2-4 hours labor

For $24-$28 you can put in all new ones..my time is worth way more than $7 an hour

for those of you that clean em, more power to you
Very well put. I clean clutch bearings I find that they spin better after 3-4 cleanings but all other bearings I replace with avids like Cary said above. The avid revolutions seem to work very well and they beat the $5 losi bearings and last longer. I don't like the protek $1 bearings or any of their bearings.
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1$ bearing's over here.....toss em when they feel off.
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I like the protecks or how ever you spelll it - never had a problem, I like buying everything from one place.
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+1 on the proteck bearings not let the cheap price fool u there better than the overpriced rubber sealed losi bearings thats for sure
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I cleaned and re-greased bearings once, even with and ultrasonic cleaning bath it just doesn't make sense.

Makes sense to order the bearings in bulk, more so if there a group of you that all use the same size. Luckily we have a guy on ebay here in the UK who does some very good bearings very cheaply.
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