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Old 10-28-2005, 09:13 PM   #1
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I have metal sealed bearings in my touring car. I soaked them in motor spray over night to get all the extra grease out. I was just wondering what some experts recommend for lubrication for the bearings? I would like something that can get in the seals without taking them off if possible. I want my drivetrain to roll as smooth as possible. Any help would be appreciated.
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I have metal sealed bearings in my touring car. I soaked them in motor spray over night to get all the extra grease out. I was just wondering what some experts recommend for lubrication for the bearings? I would like something that can get in the seals without taking them off if possible. I want my drivetrain to roll as smooth as possible. Any help would be appreciated.
I am no expert but my bearings run very smooth...
Acer makes a very thin oil that lets your bearings run free....
Others include
Nexus racing lube is very good as well.
Trinity Royal oil is nice but all three need to be reapplied more often..
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I have an opinion on this that differs from many people. I think that maybe a little thicker lubricant is better than the thin oils that people are putting on bearings today. A very thin oil applied to the bearing will spin out after the first run. A thicker oil will stay inside the bearing for longer. Now I know some of you are saying, the thicker the oil the more friction, which is true.....but some oil in your bearings after the first run is better than no oil. Also the thicker oil thins and viscosity decreases as the bearings heat up. Just my two cents worth to my own question. If anyone disagrees or knows a very good lubricant for the bearings please let me know.
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I would give Pro Gold (also known as Pro-Link) bicycle chain oil a try. It is as thin as water but has amazing film strength. I use it on my bikes and my chain stays quiet for 200+ miles. Works great in bearings and doesn't attract nearly as much dust as normal oils.
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i just use skateboard bearing lube. It works great.
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I recommend the Acer SIN oil. Never had a problem with the bearing becoming dry. As a matter of fact, I ran the exact same set of my bearings in my TC3 for 3 years and never had to replace one of them. All I did was clean the bearing out once a month and then relube with the Sin Oil.
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I lube mine with Synco PTFE dry-flim lubricant.

...Heck, I use this stuff on literary everything on the car, Susp links, Drive cups, Spur/pinion gears ....anything that moves (including my fingers !)
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I recommend the Acer SIN oil. Never had a problem with the bearing becoming dry. As a matter of fact, I ran the exact same set of my bearings in my TC3 for 3 years and never had to replace one of them. All I did was clean the bearing out once a month and then relube with the Sin Oil.
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mobil 1 is really hard to beat and you will definatly never run out once you buy a quart lol
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Teflon impregnated oil also works very nice. It can be purchased at Radio Shack, among other places. It is fairly thin, so works into the bearings well, and forms a coating of Teflon, which has about the lowest co-efficient of drag of just about anything. With that kind of lubricity, there shouldn't be any heat build up, so viscosity is not really an issue as it relates to heat...
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I have metal sealed bearings in my touring car. I soaked them in motor spray over night to get all the extra grease out. I was just wondering what some experts recommend for lubrication for the bearings? I would like something that can get in the seals without taking them off if possible. I want my drivetrain to roll as smooth as possible. Any help would be appreciated.
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5W30 Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil
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0W-30 Mobil 1

A Quart will last about 97 years per my calulation
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Hi there, here's a page from avidrc on bearings that i found quite informative.

http://www.avidrc.com/?action=support

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heres what i use on alot of aplications!It protects against friction,Reduces heat,treats the metal.
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