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Old 04-27-2004, 12:05 AM
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Is tungsten balls much better than carbide? Tungsten balls are approx. 4-6 times more than carbide around here. Are they really that much better? If I should buy tungsten balls, then it total will be 1/4-1/3 the price of a new kit !
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Old 04-27-2004, 12:41 AM
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Tungsten Carbide is just one material...

Do you mean Tungsten vs normal steel?

Personally, I've always had a good diff with steel balls - and they are so cheap to replace.
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Thanks for clearing up.

No, I really meant tungsten versus carbide.

LHS-1 have socalled tungsten balls for 289 dkr for 12 balls. LHS-2 have carbide balls for 67 dkr. It's more than 4 times up. The cheap ones are actually XRay.

That price difference made me think, that carbide and tungsten was two different things ! But now I realize, it was just a rip-off !

My HPI Pro2 ball diffs have never been very good; So I want to change the balls and turn the diff washers around.

The challenge is that I need both 2,4 mm and 2,0 mm balls. 2,4 is easy to find, but it's harder with 2,0 mm balls....
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I have used both. I have noticed that the steel balls will get "gritty" or even melt the diff when it gets hot, so I would stay away from the steel, but the carbide is a good choise. I have now started using ceramic diff balls, they are only 2 times the cost of the normal diff balls and they have lasted over a year without a rebuild and I am pleased with them.
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