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Old 04-27-2012, 08:01 PM
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Are ceramic bearings a good/smart upgrade or just leave as is with the metal bearings?
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I find it good, they does feel smoother comparing to my steel one and ceramic bearing does not need any oil or grease as they are damn smooth. Get a good brand that sell ceramic bearing and get those grease pack and not oil.

On the maintenance free, I'm yet to try this since it is still quite new.

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Are ceramic bearings a good/smart upgrade or just leave as is with the metal bearings?
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I tried a set of ceramic balls in my ball diff and for the extra $$$ I wasn't that impressed.
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I'd go for the avid bearings. 1 dollar a bearing and when they are worn out, throw a new one in. I really don't think ceramic are worth the money for off-road.
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I bought a set of Acer ceramic bearings for my SC10, and had to buy the larger outer rear bearings seperate because I upgraded to aluminum hubs. All in all I spent close to $100. They were very smooth yes, but they still get dirt in them and still need maintenance. So after cleaning them a few times and using a bit more electronic cleaning spray than I'd like, not to mention time, I decided to go with the Avid Revolutions and throw them away when they get dirty or gritty. I ordered 2 sets and also 4 of the larger outer rear bearings. Its much more practical and WAY cheaper. Now if I were running pan-car or TC, ceramic all the way.
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I'd go for the avid bearings. 1 dollar a bearing and when they are worn out, throw a new one in. I really don't think ceramic are worth the money for off-road.
+1. Total waste in offroad cars. Save your money
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I have been using the pro-tek speed bearings,i think they are 10 for 10 dollars.They are so far better than the crappy losi bearings that came in my scte.Im sold on the pro-tek bearings.
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Originally Posted by kman16jr View Post
I have been using the pro-tek speed bearings,i think they are 10 for 10 dollars.They are so far better than the crappy losi bearings that came in my scte.Im sold on the pro-tek bearings.
I bought those bearings. 3/16x3/8x1/8 and they were $10.00 for 10 so I figured I'd pick some up.
They are terrible, IMO. I may have got a bad batch but I've already blown two rears and that damaged the axle carriers. Only ran three lipos through it before they blew apart.

Those Avids look nice. Has anyone tried the Boca $1.00 bearings?
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Bearings are Bearings. Either way at some point or another you are going to have to do maintenance, no matter how good they are. Dirt will always find a way in. You usually want to clean your bearings about every 4-6 packs in really dusty/dirty conditions. If you turn your wheels or practically any moving part on your vehicle and there is a gritty noise/feel, it's time to clean your bearings.
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Has anyone tried the Boca $1.00 bearings?
my local hobby shop recently started carrying boca bearings. so far nothing bad to say.
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I've been using SPB or sapporo precision bearings for most of my hobby and non hobby stuff..Very happy with them..
Gonna get a bunch of them and change all my bearings in my JQ to it.
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The Avid revolution bearings are a great choice. They combine a rubber seal on one side for maximum protection from grit getting in and a metal shield on the other side for lower rolling resistance. Just make sure you install them with the rubber shield toward the dirty side. Plus Avid makes them in convenient kits for different vehicles. Avid Revolutions are what we run in our cars.
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Ceramics are very smooth but are not great for someone who wrecks often. They will break/chip with abuse and become gritty. I personally have Avid Revolutions in a few of my cars and they perform well.
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If you go deep with your regular maintenance you may benefit. Ceramics are lighter and smooth like quality metal bearings. IMO the premium does not justify the benefits. When you break it down to $ per gram of weight savings I don't feel that it is worth the expense.
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A good steel bearing is better than a crappy ceramic bearing.I do believe ceramics are overhyped in RC, the gain they can give could only be noticed in the hands of toplevel drivers.
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