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Old 02-21-2004, 05:20 PM
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ok thank you troy
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I the RPM bearing blaster and use brake cleaner - it creates quite a bit of force to blast the gunk out of the bearings. I remove the seals.

I then use a light oil to coat the bearings. Before I install them, I use the blaster again but then just use air to blow the excess out. That way it doesn't fling off but there is still a light coating.

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Old 02-21-2004, 05:45 PM
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yea i was going to get that brake cleaner stuff i heard its cheaper than Motor elect cleaner??? And does same job. Ima order that Team1 thin bearing oil.
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Guys;

IMHO disassembly is really not neccesary and short of having an Electronic cleaner:

Try putting the bearings in plastic 35mm film canisters and adding some paint thinner (not lacquer thinner) then shake for a while and/or soak overnight. A quart of paint thinner should be less than $5 usd and last for many cleaning sessions.

You will be amazed at how much more dirt will come out this way over just blasting out using motor spray (which I used to swear by). A full set of bearings should fit in 2 canisters and if you don't personally have some, someone you know will.

After they dry on a rag or paper towel, lube with your favorite oil.
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Old 02-22-2004, 10:20 AM
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i usually run steal and ceramic bearings in my cars, but after doing some buying and trades i have gotten a tc3 and a 12th scale that have rubber shield bearings in them colord black and green. so my question is.

i usually use stp injector cleaner or primis brake cleaner on my bearings and then lube with zubie lube, which works great for my steal and ceramic bearings, but i dont think it be the best ideal to do to them, with rubber shield bearings. what is a soultion to clean them with that want hurt the rubber seals,, i have heard in the past of people using dawn dish soap and hot water ,, but i dont really like the ideal of using water on the bearings.

can someone give me some tips or ideals of what they do with these type of bearings. also thanks in advance.

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I just use mineral spirits, which is essentially what most motor cleaners are based on chemical wise. I have a integy sparkle, but my jewelry cleaner I got from wal mart for like $10.....

You can use paint thinner, mineral spirits are cheaper though....

You can also make your own motor spray with mineral spirits. Just got to Harbor Freight and buy one of the rechargable spray cans they sell for like $10, then just fill with mineral spirits and charge with an air compressor. Each can full will run you about 25 cents or so.....much better than $5 a pop and it works just as well.

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Old 02-22-2004, 10:57 AM
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lol my current tc3 i baught used like 2 days ago spins for like 2 sec which with good bearings should be 10 sec cant wait until i get those new bearings in
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i use skateboard bearing lubricant
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Old 02-22-2004, 11:02 AM
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so i can go to like Discount auto Part Pick up Mobil 1 Oil And It should work Fine?
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wtf ? you get it in a skate shop
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Old 02-22-2004, 11:10 AM
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Originally posted by TSR6
Yeah, I take the inner shields off, because the hubs and losi chassis seals it up pretty well.

The super thin, I would probably relube at least every other race day. It's almost thin as water.

The thicker ( mobil 1? ) I usually relube about once a month.
Mobil 1 I heard about it using in bearing. I wasn't talking about your post...
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oh haha my bad
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im not that stupid. i know when you say skateboard bearing
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Guys;

A word of warning about using Brake Cleaner as most will attack plastics and rubber. Plastic will become brittle and rubber (seals) will swell.

I have NEVER had this problem with either Paint Thinner or Motor Spray (R/C Car type, read label)
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I have found that the best stuff is, Electa-motive clean from CRC.
It works very well and fast. Then re-oil with trinity bearing oil.
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