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Old 03-31-2005, 12:41 PM   #1
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Default Who uses Tribo Comm drops? Do you like them?

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I would like to have input from racers that use Tribo comm drops. I have ordered a bottle from Big Jim.
After lots of testing I am nothing but disapointed with Tribo. I have tested Tribo with different motors, mostly very good stockers and some 19T. All of them showed lowered numbers in my dyno when I ran them with Tribo. I followed the instructions but there is no way I can get good results with Tribo, this stuff is really not worth the bottle it came in, much less the $8 plus shipping I had to pay for it...
What are your opinions? Does it work for you?
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Old 03-31-2005, 12:59 PM   #3
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Honestly, I didn't see any difference with or without them. No increase but no decrease either. The only thing I noticed was it left a black residue all over the brushes and the com. One thing I did use them for, but only for a short time was soaking brushes in it. It seemed to help a little when I was using 4499's in my 19 turn motors but when I switched to 767's I got even more power and didn't have to deal with the mess of soaking brushes and the black crap all over the motor.
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I didn't notice any boost in perfromance other than making my brushes last longer and less comm wear.
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I have had very good results with Tribo on my 19T and stock motors. The key to getting good results with tribo is to clean the brushes after every run and use no more than 1 drop.

When using 2-3 drops like you would with most comm drops the brushes tend to arc and gum up quickly yeilding poor performance.


Typicaly you will see a 1-3W gain accross the board on your turbo dyno when using the drops on a well tuned motor. With such a small gain in performance and the required brush cleaning after every run I only use the drops for the main.

As a bushing lube tribo works extremely well and lasts longer than most other lubes.

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I have heard people swear by the stuff and I have heard people that feel the same way about it as you do.
Personaly I swear by them. There are they only product of it's kind that I have had any positive results with. I have tried stuff from Trinity, Zubak, and countless others. None seemed to perform for me like the Tribo.

I can gear up one tooth with this stuff because of the added torque it provides and I can get up to 5 runs on the same motor with minimal com wear (I swear my laptimes are faster on the 5th pack than they are on the first pack with this stuff). I never use it to break in the motors though.

I do know that if used to break in motors or used on brushes that are not fully broken in the motor will not reach full performance because these drops really reduce brush wear and your brushes may not seat fully when it is used. So make sure the brushes are seated fully before you use them

I have never tested this stuff on a Dyno but on the track, it's great!

There was an article on com drops and stuff in an RC mag several months ago where they tested all these brands. They showed Tribo in the pictures and they talked about it in the article but they never discussed any results directly related to the Tribo. I could be mistaken about this but I do remember being upset because they didn't show results relating to Tribo...I may need to re-read the article again.
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kaobich, I did the article and the reason why I didn't talk about Tribo much is because it performed poorly in comparison to the other drops tested. Basically, it was done that way to A) Save space and B) Instead of spending time on drops that were sub-par, it was decided to talk about the positives of the better performers.
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Old 03-31-2005, 04:22 PM   #8
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I use them mostly for the main. I can see the difference on the track. I only use a small part of a drop. Nothing more. If you are getting blackened comm and brushes, you are using waaay too much.

Like everyone said, some like it, some don't. I have no dyno, just seat of the pants. If it does nothing more than lower the friction between the brushes and comm, it helps. I can see and feel the difference.
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i just like the way tribo smells when you use it........
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Oh you're nuts!
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i just like the way tribo smells when you use it........
me too

Ive used a couple of times, I could gear the motor up and it didn't seem to run any hotter, but the laptimes didn't improve so I stopped using it. Now its bushing oil.

I used it once in mod, the carbon deposits from the brushes mixed withthe tribo making black gunk going everwhere and the motor went very slow (for obvious reasons). never used it since
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I have been using tribo for a while, I find that it only gives a little boost in performance when using 767's in a reedy krypton mod, for all other brushes/motors it does not seem to do anything,
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You're using 767's on a KR? Are they completely fried after each run?
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I found them to be a big waste of money!!
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You're using 767's on a KR? Are they completely fried after each run?
if I don't use the tribo then yes the com needs a cut after 3 runs,

with tribo it lasts longer without a cut,
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