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Old 12-14-2002, 09:11 AM   #1
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Exclamation Help Need Bearing Cleaning Methods!

Hi,
I recently got into another hobby and one of the big topics is bearing cleaning. Well the folks there have some method of cleaning bearings I've never heard of. One of them is lighter fluid, soaking and than lighting them on fire. The fire method is well toted in this hobby. Your not going to believe it but this hobby/sport is Yo-Yo's.
Let me explain, I recently was on eBay and notice Losi Yo Yo's. The price was really cheap so what the heck I bought one. It seems that in 1997-1999 there was a huge fad that I totally missed. Reviewing all the info I could fine on the subject. I became interested in these new Ball Bearing type Yo's.
I guess everyone has one time or another has played with yo-yo's for me it was remembering my childhood, at the age of 11 I won a contest (that what I did in the 60's to young to be a hippie).
Back to the present, I haven't been around "RcTech" for a while, the reason is, I've build a web site on the subject of Yo-Yo's. The site needs content that's informative and useful. What I want to do is put together a Bearing Cleaning Info page that contains proper methods that work. I got to believe the fire cleaning method is dangerous to be telling kids to do. If anyone can post or point me to what info I'm seeking it will be well appreciated and you might just Prevent a Forest Fire!
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Old 12-14-2002, 05:55 PM   #2
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I use and have for year the following:
I bought a quality ultra sonic cleaner (stainless steel tub).
For a cleaning solution I use either Mineral spirits or laquer thinner.
Let them dry and I use marvel mystery oil in the Ultra sonic cleaner.
Place the bearings on a towel and the next day they are ready.
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Old 12-14-2002, 06:10 PM   #3
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thanks just got thru building the page take a look if you like
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Old 12-14-2002, 08:53 PM   #4
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I soak mine overnight in a baby jar with some electronic motor cleaner. Then hose them out with a bearing blaster the next day to blow out all of the crud that was disolved overnight. Then just oil them with a couple drops of Zubak's speed lube, spin them, and tap them with a paper towel to remove excess oil.
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Old 12-15-2002, 09:17 AM   #5
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Check out the video link see what YoYo tricks are being preformed today!!
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http://TheYo.com

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Old 12-15-2002, 12:22 PM   #6
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rc jockey, i have a page on my website dedicated to bearings,

http://www.schumacher.clara.net/bearings.htm

it really only deals with cleaning by greasing rather than the lighterfluid method which i would not recommend, I'm sure the surface of the metals will become oxidised and the tolerances will no longer apply?!?

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Old 12-15-2002, 01:16 PM   #7
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When I skateboarded i used this methoid
1.drop the bearings into a container containing wd-40
2.take them out, dry them off
3. put some teflon oil on the bearings shield and spin

THATS IT, or call CCS and see how they recommend it.
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This method is not the best way probaly, but it's sure easy and for just club racing it's not gonna make a difference. I just spray my bearings with motor cleaner, then lube them with bushing oil. It's simple and quick, but there's probaly a better method out there .
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i posted a new thread for bearing cleaning ages ago y not read that?
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Old 12-21-2002, 06:41 AM   #10
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I been busy building the next fad so haven't racing lately. The new fad is explained here TheYo.com if you go there Please check the video out!!Download and save for the audio works better. This is a pro quality video and I guarantee you'll be amazed. Also there's a Bearing cleaning page that can be used for R/C bearings, good info! I really out did myself. The link to the bearing page is right there called the "Bearing care and feeding"
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Please check this out http://TheYo.com
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