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Old 02-19-2004, 09:24 PM   #1
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What grease do u guys use in your bearings? I've heard of using White lightning grease that used for bicycle chains. Im afraid that if i put oil in it the durability will suffer.

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Old 02-19-2004, 09:58 PM   #2
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NEVER USE A WAX BASED GREASE, use a thin lube, if you want something LIKE grease use thinker lube.
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Old 02-19-2004, 10:09 PM   #3
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I use trinity royal oil... it's a real thin oil but not thin enough if you ask me.
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Old 02-19-2004, 10:14 PM   #4
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I like using a lube with teflon. Everything is better with teflon.
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Old 02-19-2004, 11:49 PM   #5
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I just blast my bearings out with Nutrol ( electric contact cleaner with lubricating oils). It's basically like motor spray, so it cleans all the dirt out, and then I just leave them, they run free without any extra oil. I'm also a believer in the "remove one seal from every bearing" trick.
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Or just remove all the seals. Little more maintnence but less drag.
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Old 02-20-2004, 01:34 AM   #7
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Or just remove all the seals. Little more maintnence but less drag.
I tried that on a barra.. One of the bearings failed completly.. due to dirt i belive. was fast as all f&*k before that tho....

I normally use synthetic motor oil (light weight) as a thin oil will simply spray out of your bearings quickly. apply some oil and rotate a few times... then ly them down overnight and let any excess oil run out. Your bearings will be awesome for at least two meets then its up to you as to when you can be bothered to do it all again.
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for perfect bearings every time do the following;

purchase the following items:

-a ultrasonic cleaner (make sure it is ultra, not just sonic) they are about $99 australian from jaycar, two frequencies.
-mobil1 synth oil
-shellite

PROCESS;

1-take one sheild of
2-place all bearings sheild side of downwards in the ultrasonic cleaner filled with shellite
3-repeat step 2 if still a little crunchy with new shellite if it is really dirty
4-place a little mobil1 oil in the ultrasonic C until bearings covered. turn cleaner on. leave overnight
5-put bearing on toweling until excess oil gone.
6-build
=SMOOOOOTH

i have a set of nitride bearings for my mtx3. withstands temps better
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Old 02-20-2004, 06:48 AM   #9
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You can also try Remington Drilube.A teflon based,hi temp,dry lube for guns.Works great,especially for offroad.Haven't had a bearing failure in years.Doesn't attract dirt like the liquid lubes.
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Lighter fluid.
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i saw Axiom's Website they have one coming out... looks liek something to wait and try
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You forgot to mention what kind of bearings (brand) you are using. You need different maintenance for metal sheilded bearing verses teflon sealed bearings. Bearing such as Acer Ceramic with the red seals require very little if any maintenance.
You should never use grease in your bearings unless you have cheap bearings and only plan to knock around the yard with the car and are worried that the bearings will rust.
Bearings with grease in them will not be more durable than the same bearing that is lightly oiled. Greased bearings will have more friction and cause more rolling resistance. Grease will also attract more dirt than a lightly oiled bearing.
I recommend to clean all bearings very well even if they are brand new!
It is usually not necessary to remove the seals of the bearing to clean them out. You will need to use a little more motor spay however if you don't.
Once the factory lube or dirt is blown out of them, let the bearings dry completely and make sure they roll smoothly. Lube them with a thin bearing oil (no need to use a lot). There is really no need to run all over town to this bike store and that to find the best bearing lube. Go to your local hobby store and buy trinity royal oil, or what ever oil they have the is specifically for bearings. I just started using the Acer Bearing oil and I feel it's the best.
A lot of perople recommend that you remove the seals of the bering for less friction. I don't recommend this unless you are at very competitive race and you need every advantage you can get. This only adds to the maintenance and how often you will need to replace them.
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Old 02-20-2004, 06:50 PM   #13
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Metal shielded bearings. I have this oil with what i was told 5% teflon in it so i suppose thatll work.

Thanks for all the replys, i appreciate the help!
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guys go to a skate shop and buy skateboard bearing lubricant !
best stuff you will ever buy
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Old 02-23-2004, 11:41 AM   #15
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megamule.com have some "special" bearing oil for sale
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