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Old 10-21-2003, 07:03 PM   #1
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just wondering but how do you guyz clean your bearings, and keep them in tip top shape?
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Old 10-21-2003, 08:34 PM   #2
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I soak them in dynamite engine cleaner for a while in a coffee mug... Then I shake them around some... After that I dry them and then put bearing oil on them.

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I remove the shields from both sides, then put them in a pot of enamel thinners and shake around for a little while. Then I add a little drop of Trinity Royal oil (other light oil will), and put the shields back on.
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Old 10-22-2003, 04:57 AM   #4
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-REmove shield from one side and discard.
-degrease with motor cleaner
-add light oil
-install with single remaining shield facing out
-clean more regularly since one side of bearing is exposed

I find shields are done once you pry them out, so i leave them out.
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This is what i do with my Metal Shielded bearings....

Remove all shields,
Soak in thinners/Metholated spirits/Petrol/etc.....
Blast with motor cleaner,
put one shield back on then oil and put other sheild back on.

You realy need to remove the sheilds especialy on carpet as the fibres tend to accumulate more than on asphalt etc.
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Joel, there is no reason why the shields should be damaged when you remove them, I've never damaged one before, just make just you are gentle with them and it should be fine.
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with very small bearings removing the shields is really hard to do without messing them up. i still don't have the knack for it.
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just wondering but how do you take them apart

any pictures??? and how?

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use a small pin and kind or poke one end of the C which holds the shields down, it normally comes out.
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here are some pictures:

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Old 10-22-2003, 03:25 PM   #11
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I use lighter fluid, put em in a camera film pot, squirt the lighter fluid in, comes out at Minus Degrees C Lots so its quite cold, they get really cold, tonnes of crap comes out. Give em some of my special lube and they are set, freely spin for ages
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im useing a lube that you put in sewing machines... its very very light......

im washing them in acetone right now... pretty good.... just burns all the crap and gets it loose..... give it a good shake and your done
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I usually leave both shields off except the tiny bearings. Never lost a bearing, just got to keep them oiled. I usually have lost bearings with shields on and getting carpet fibers wedged in them.

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Does the lighter fluid make them cold or the camera film pot? What is a camera film pot?

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I use lighter fluid, put em in a camera film pot, squirt the lighter fluid in, comes out at Minus Degrees C Lots so its quite cold, they get really cold, tonnes of crap comes out. Give em some of my special lube and they are set, freely spin for ages
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Its a pot, black tube fairly small that film for cameras comes in, you know, the ones that arnt digital, that you take to the chemist to be developed? Anyway, the lighter fluid makes everything real cold, the pot goes frosty on the outside, im guessing that the bearings freeze and all the crap is broken up as it is washed out. Just to show what i mean, if you have a broken disposable lighter, hold down the gas and point it at your hand, you will feel it go a little colder, when you use the whole refit tube for loads of lighters it freezes stuff.
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