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Old 06-16-2008, 10:15 AM   #1
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Need to know which direction does the thrustbearing cage goes, ball bearings opening toward the inside of the car, or outside?. thanks all help is appreciated
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Two trains of thought here, lol:

1. open side towards outside of car as this allows 'crud' to escape

2. open side towards the inside as this gives more impact/crush resistence to the cage and balls


inside is closest to engine block
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I always mount mine facing outwards. But at the moment; I'm testing the ball less thrust bushing. Just to see how it holds up?????
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I have always mounted mine open side facing out.
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Im going from the mugen super grease to the black thrust bearing grease i was told it has silicone in it and holds much better to the thrust bearing and doesnt breakdown as fast?.
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I always mount mine facing outwards. But at the moment; I'm testing the ball less thrust bushing. Just to see how it holds up?????
I run nothing else....



Just go to the hardware store an find brass rings in the right size and when the cage is damaged replace it by a brass ring
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Looks good, the only problem is that in seven years of racing Mugen 1/8th and 1/10th cars I have only ever had one thrust bearing fail. After that first failure I started packing the bearing with high temp wheel bearing grease and have not had to replace one since.
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Looks good, the only problem is that in seven years of racing Mugen 1/8th and 1/10th cars I have only ever had one thrust bearing fail. After that first failure I started packing the bearing with high temp wheel bearing grease and have not had to replace one since.
Which type of high temp bearing grease you using wingracer? thats good info im an avid maintenance guy on both my cars, and i havent lossed a thrust bearing yet either...
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Just go to the hardware store an find brass rings in the right size and when the cage is damaged replace it by a brass ring
Roelof, where did you get this brass from and what are the dementions to it if you dont mind me asking?. looks kewl...
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Just go to the hardware store an find brass rings in the right size and when the cage is damaged replace it by a brass ring
Brass is okay. What you really want is Sintered Bronze. It's self lubricating. made with about 18% oil.
There's a guy on ebay that sells them for about $7.00 (buy it now) I'm currently waiting on a company to give me a quote of (50) 10mm x 5mm x 1.35mm Sintered Bronze Bushings. If the price is not too steep I just might pull the trigger.
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towards the inside/ use $4 thrust bearings from duratrax
with the original rings from mugen
never had a problem in one year, of course super joint grease
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I just use an old can of high temp wheel bearing grease. Bought it years ago when replacing the rotors on the front of an old Chevy pick-up. You have to re-pack the wheel bearings when you replace the rotors on those things. The 3/4 of a can left over should last me a lifetime of RC. I just put a scoop of it in an old Associated diff lube can for transport. Some of the new synthetics might be even better but what I have works great.

I just pack the bearing with it before each race day and it's good to go.
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I just use an old can of high temp wheel bearing grease. Bought it years ago when replacing the rotors on the front of an old Chevy pick-up. You have to re-pack the wheel bearings when you replace the rotors on those things. The 3/4 of a can left over should last me a lifetime of RC. I just put a scoop of it in an old Associated diff lube can for transport. Some of the new synthetics might be even better but what I have works great.

I just pack the bearing with it before each race day and it's good to go.
Kewl thanks bro, very good info i appreciate it to the fullest..
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Just go to the hardware store an find brass rings in the right size and when the cage is damaged replace it by a brass ring
Kewl bro i like the balless thrust bearing, i will look into this set up, if my cage ever gives.
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