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Old 09-04-2004, 06:29 AM
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Is anyone out ther in TC3 land having problems with wheel bearings. They seem to be not verty robust.

Any ideas on a good replacement bearing?
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It's been kind of common knowledge that the front bearings tend to wear quickly. Acer or Boca bearings are both high quality replacements that should last a little longer, but its hard to compensate for basically a design flaw.

I've not had any wear issues with my bearings, and I run them without seals and lube. So I don't know if it's luck, or my maintenance that has kept them healthy. I also rotate mine instead of running the same bearing in the same place always, I rotate all of the same sized bearings around the car when they are out for their weekly cleaning.
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Old 09-05-2004, 08:54 AM
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Feel free to check out www.rc4less.com for outstanding TC3 Ceramic bearing sets.

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Ive been thru several sets of bearings in my TC3. I have found the best bearing to be from Niftech. Check them out on www.niftech.com. They have been by far the most durable and most free spinning bearing I have tried. Get their micro bearing lube to.

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is planing to go with a larger bearing in the hubs? I hope so, I would be disappointed if AE ignored everyone about this issue.
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From what I've seen and read of the TC4 that issue is not mentioned at all. I've only really read about it happening on the forums, never seen it myself nor had anyone local complain about it so I wonder if it really is much of an issue at all.

moveitorloseit, you said you've been through several sets .. which ones failed first?
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I had my TC3 four years and never had a wheel bearing problem. What is happening to them?
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yall must be doing something wrong to your bearings because I never had any problems with any of mine
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whats the best way to clean bearings?
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The TC3 is my dads car and like everyone, he hits domes etc. He thinks it might be happening when he hits something and its because the bearings are small. i suppose the only to try is a different brand of bearings, so he is going to try the bearings from AVID rc and see what they do.
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whats the best way to clean bearings?
I don't know if my method is the best, but without the seals in place I run mine through several cycles of a ultrasonic parts washer full of alcohol and then rinse with brake cleaner. Seems to work, they come out 100% clean as far as I can tell.

I didn't think about the impact damage effecting the bearing, it makes sense. I suppose guys with Rally TC3's would eat up bearings quick if they are running off road and going off of jumps, etc.
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my dad got has ordered some rubber shielded bearings from Avid RC, so i will see how they go.
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On the rubber bearings, I suggest that on the wheels you remove the rubber seal that is pointing towards the other bearing in the hub but leave the shield in that is exposed to the outside. I typically take out all the seals that are on the shaft. Let me know if you have any trouble, you may be able to contact me faster though through the contact us page at www.avidrc.com

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Please post any feeback you receive about your TC3 bearings?
I just bought some to try out. Intersted to hear what other racers think of them.
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My Dad got the AVID bearings and put them straight in the car. They are quite free for a rubber shielded bearing.
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