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Old 01-10-2003, 05:37 PM   #1
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Guys;

I'm looking for some high quality, low drag bearings for my Pro-3. I went the no shield/seals route but the maintenance required is not worth what little I gained (if any) by removing them.

What I would like to do is replace with some Teflon sealed bearings which would be a good compromise between drag and dust shielding but I have not been able to find at the LHS's.

First hand Experiences good and bad with bearing suppliers (Boca, Acer, etc.) would be appreciated.

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i have heard that blue star bearings are awsome http://teambluestar.com/bearings.htm

some times you can find brand new ones on e-bay
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Old 01-10-2003, 06:27 PM   #3
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I'd definately stick with www.acerracing.com bearings. The prices are really good for whatever bearing you want, be it high end or low end. And besides..they've the best bearing model you can find on the internet (just look at the tshirt section) Also, teamblue star bearings are okay...I mean their not exactly what I call the best out there but for 5 bucks more, I'd get the comparable set from acer myself.
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LMAO There are more pictures of the T-Shirt model without the shirt on than with it.
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SKF rule www.skf.com they have lifetime warranty on their ceramic ball races and they are titanium cages so they are also very lightweight.

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I've used the teambluestar, boca, and others (don't recall names). They all came with either the red teflon or blue polymide (sic?) shields. They all seem to last about one season before a few end up with rough spots that cleaning & relubing won't fix. I've even tried removing the seals for less friction and just ended up cleaning and relubing every time I've run & getting less than 1/2 normal bearing life.

My own experience is that some come with pretty heavy lube in them and others come with very light synthetic lube. You can tell a real difference if you spin one of each to compare.

I soak the new bearings overnight in WD-40, clean them with RPM bearing blaster, and relube with AeroShell Fluid 12. The AeroShell makes all the difference in the world. It has about the viscosity of water, won't attract dirt, and lubes the bearings at least as well as heavier stuff.

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Old 01-12-2003, 07:14 PM   #7
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Default High quality, low drag bearings

Guys;

These bearings are for my electric Pro-3 so I prefer a LOW drag seal/shield such as Teflon. My concern is, has anyone ordered from these companies and how was the experience good or bad ?

For my Nitro cars, I always try to run Rubber sealed bearings. Nitro seems to kick up more dust and the power is there to overcome the extra drag from the rubber seals.
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Pops, I just placed a order for some ceramic diff balls and some other bearings for my Xray from Acer. I will let you know how the order goes. My first time dealing with them as well

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I always run metal shielded IQ bearings (after the kit bearings fail). I get the complete kit for $19 (XXX-S) and they are very smooth and as druable as any other. I prefer the metal sheilded over the teflon sealed. It's easier to clean and I don't have to run them with the seal off one side to reduce friction.

A few people at my track are running the ceramic... they don't seem $180 faster
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SKF rule www.skf.com they have lifetime warranty on their ceramic ball races and they are titanium cages so they are also very lightweight.

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How do you go about contacting them for pricing? Could use a couple lighter bearings for my outer diffs...
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AeroShell Fluid 12
Where can I find AeroShell Fluid 12??
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sanj ........ hm do u have the part number from the catalog on what kind of bearings from skf is usable for RC porposes???
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has anyone tried the paragon ultralon on bearing (i remember back in the early 90's we used to use this stuff for tranny gears and suspension parts)


http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXDT02&P=7
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Pops,

I ordered from Acer and these are high-quality bearings.
They also ship very quick.

I personally am not to fond of the ceramic bearings, because I find them (from each make) too exoensive, and I could not notice areal difference.

I used their metalls, which are OK.
Also used their Teflons which are a bit better.

Good luck.
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Boca bearings are truly excellent. They have a wide variety of different types of bearings.
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