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$1 dollar bearings, do you re-grease them before using them?

$1 dollar bearings, do you re-grease them before using them?

Old 08-01-2011, 11:49 PM
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How do you oil a CB bearing exactly? And what oil? (will ARO work?)
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:41 AM
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I drive at least 2-3 gallon with my bearing. I only toss them out when they feel gritty or very dry. Once you cleaned your bearings, they don't seal that good anymore and the spilled oil attracks dirt.

The only bearings that I change frequently are my clutch bearing. A new set for the qualifiers, a new set for the finals and sometimes another new set if I have to run more then 2-3 finals.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:39 AM
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For clutch bearings I have been using the same sets for gallons and gallons (upwards of 15 gallons or more) This process started by accident but it has worked for me. Here it goes...
supplies needed, 1 pint or quart of Marvel mystery oil, 2 sealable containers (I use old film canisters), motor spray.
I have three sets of clutch bell bearings. 1 set in the buggy (pair 1), 1 set in oil in my pit bin (pair 2) and one set in oil at home (pair 3).
After a day of racing, I take out the set that are in my buggy clean them with motor spray and put them in the container at home (pair 1 has now become pair 3). I then take the container thats in my parts bin and pull out the bearings let them drain on a towel for a little bit of time to get all the excess oil out so it doesn't foul my clutch (pair 2 has now become pair 1). These go in my clutch for the next race day. The pair that are at home then go into my tool bin. (pair 3 has now become pair 2). If you race every weekend, each pair of clutch bearings gets 2 weeks off and 1 week on. But in case of a failure you have a set that has been in oil for almost 2 weeks.
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:27 AM
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+ 1 on the TKO special steel clutch bearing. I've got nearly 2 gallons on mine and I have not touched them. The bell spins as freely if not better than when I first installed them. No grit or anything. I blew out the standard kit Agama bearing on the front of the clutch bell within 1 tank and thought f this. This can't be happening. Switched over to these TKO's and man they just work. No maintenance, nothing.

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Old 08-02-2011, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by 071crazy View Post
If they're 1.00 each, why would you risk running the same bearings for 2 gallons?
if its not broke dont fix it. the majority of poeple who have problems every race are the ones who tear their truck down everyday to replace parts that dont need to be replaced.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:24 AM
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I would disagree here. I service and reuse bearings all the time.
I have had brand new bearings that had alot of drag. I removed the seals cleaned out the factory lube. Then relube(3-in1) resealed and they spun much better. I have been doing this for years. I will agree that if it is gritty after servicing then toss it. I must also mention I do not use $1 bearings. I have used Boca Bearings(Green Seal) for years and they have been excellent.

The only reason I started servicing bearings is I have alot of vehicles.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by inferno13 View Post
if its not broke dont fix it. the majority of poeple who have problems every race are the ones who tear their truck down everyday to replace parts that dont need to be replaced.

I have never seen this hold true. Its usually the ones that throw their vehicles in a vehicle and go from race to race with no maint that have the fits. I always find something that needs to be fixed as I go through my vehicle. So on race day I rarely dnf unless its something that I have done wrong from lack of experience/knowledge.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:09 AM
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this last weekend I could spin my clutchbell and it would move freely. I pulled the bearings anyway and the rear clutch bearing puked all over the place. The race and everything fell out into the floor.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by inferno13 View Post
if its not broke dont fix it. the majority of poeple who have problems every race are the ones who tear their truck down everyday to replace parts that dont need to be replaced.

I agree.. It's not that black and white of course, but for the most part, I do think people are constantly trying to fix things that aren't broken..
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Originally Posted by Limywidget View Post
I have never seen this hold true. Its usually the ones that throw their vehicles in a vehicle and go from race to race with no maint that have the fits. I always find something that needs to be fixed as I go through my vehicle. So on race day I rarely dnf unless its something that I have done wrong from lack of experience/knowledge.
all depends i guess, ive seen it go both ways, guess ive been lucky
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by inferno13 View Post
if its not broke dont fix it. the majority of poeple who have problems every race are the ones who tear their truck down everyday to replace parts that dont need to be replaced.
Sorry, not sold on it. I'll keep spending $2.00 every 2-3 weeks.
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Originally Posted by 071crazy View Post
Sorry, not sold on it. I'll keep spending $2.00 every 2-3 weeks.
its not the money that is a issue, i was simply stateing that the 1.00 bearing will last and are all you need
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Old 08-02-2011, 02:39 PM
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5x10, 1 time oil and toss next clutch service, about 1 gallon or 1 race event. 8x13's i run until the seals get loose or they are not smooth after greasing, sometimes 2 gallons. my replace cycle starts before a main so i start my mains with new bearings and then run practice and warmup with the same bearings till my next main.
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Originally Posted by j_blaze14 View Post
5x10, 1 time oil and toss next clutch service, about 1 gallon or 1 race event. 8x13's i run until the seals get loose or they are not smooth after greasing, sometimes 2 gallons. my replace cycle starts before a main so i start my mains with new bearings and then run practice and warmup with the same bearings till my next main.
Are you saying that you burn a whole gallon of fuel in 1 vehicle every race day??
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$1 bearings ?! when it comes to bearings, you get what you pay for.
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