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Old 07-14-2004, 12:13 AM   #1
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hey everyone,

i read a bearing cleaning tip from KWALA skateboards recently and they say to flush them and then put a bit of dry graphite in the bearings to make them ".. scream". they claim that graphite works well as a lubricant in bearings and i was wondering if anyone has tried it with rc car bearings or reccomends it??

dont knock me for asking, i havent actually done it... but im just wondering if it is as good as THEY say... why dont we all do it?

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I've heard of dry graphite (pencil "lead" for dummies) being used as a gear lube because its dry and doesn't attract dirt & grime

Possibly the friction between graphite & itself is extremely low or something

Just speculating....Would be interested to see tested
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sorry for asking also.... where do we get the graphite powders ?? and if it is in powder form, how is it going to be apply to the bearings ? becoz the powder will start flying when the wheels start spinning.... maybe it is not meant for the wheels ?
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sorry for asking also.... where do we get the graphite powders ?? and if it is in powder form, how is it going to be apply to the bearings ? becoz the powder will start flying when the wheels start spinning.... maybe it is not meant for the wheels ?
You could get it at hobby shops and bike shops.
I think they have it at automotive shops also.
Here's a link to buy it online.
http://www.ehobbies.com/1000-6321.html
I've never used it on bearings though.
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no don't do it it isn't a good idea. anyway it will pack the bearings and actually make them roll less. if your a newb just use a light oil. you won't gain ANYTHING by running extreme setups. if you crash once a heat you've already lost that "advantage" of running the bearings oil free or whatever setup you are trying.

the best thing for bearings is MICROLON it comes as a spray and is repackaged under the hpi brand and sold in japan. available from rainbowten. it is a usa company check it on the net. cheaper to by it direct from microlon usa.

i took all the oil out of my bearings with a ultrasonic cleaner and shellite then treated the bearings with microlon. the treatment process was to leave the bearings for 1 WEEK, OR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE in the microlon. put sheild on and run. yep no oil nothing just microlon. 4 races and i haven't seazed a bearing yet. i only treated the hub bearings.
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soak the bearings for 1 week~~!! wow.. ~!! so it will leave a coating on the bearings ????

for me i am just using bearing oils... i think the brand is Matrix.

heard of the mirolon too but it is very expensive stuff here in my country, and i think i will not be going for it too unless i am a pro driver racing the others in world championship..hehehehe...here in sg, i think bearing oil is good enough for me.

Of coz, sure wish to try something good n cheap if it works but seems like the graphite thing is not a good idea like u say...

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Graphite is good to use for bushings. At my track is is very popular to work some graphite into the stock motor bushings, or any other type of bushing for that mater. It works wonders.
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Graphite is good to use for bushings. At my track is is very popular to work some graphite into the stock motor bushings, or any other type of bushing for that mater. It works wonders.
How do you like your Airtronics servo (94758Z)? I got one, but haven't tried it out yet.

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why dont you just use an extremly thin teflon lubricant
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How do you like your Airtronics servo (94758Z)? I got one, but haven't tried it out yet.

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I also just bought mine and its in the mail now, lol
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