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HelicopterThunder TigerRAPTOR 50 › Tri-flow or not to Tri-flow that is the question
06-05-2010 12:49 PM  7 years agoPost 1
lando211

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flowery branch GA

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What do you guys think? This is a question that I am sure has been asked over and over. To grease or the oil with tri-flow? One-way bearing oil or grease? heli bearings oil or grease? and last can tri-flow damage the plastic frame? Thanks!

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06-05-2010 01:13 PM  7 years agoPost 2
helidad2

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trilow

triflow wont do any damage to the plastic or at least is hasnt done any to mine . but the inverted landings at 50 mph from 200 feet will definately damage your plastic frames . enjoy i been using triflow on my rappys for 5 years no issues

even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then

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06-05-2010 01:21 PM  7 years agoPost 3
fastflyer20

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Many use tri-flow and I really wonder why. When I switched from superlube to tri-flow the tail pitch slider would stick causing erratic tail movement. I switched back to superlube and all is good.

http://www.super-lube.com/synthetic...osity-ez-56.htm

I use the precision oiler. Creeper lube also works well. Both products go on as a light oil then transform to a light weight grease. It resists flinging off and when you disconnect the swash or pitch slider even after bunches of flights, everything moves easy.

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06-05-2010 02:43 PM  7 years agoPost 4
Zaneman007

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Texas - USA

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I use grease on the one way bearings.

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06-05-2010 10:00 PM  7 years agoPost 5
rpat

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Weirton, W. Va.

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I grease all of the high speed bearings(main,tail, clutch), and use tri-flow on the swash and all of the other bearings. For the one way I use automatic transmission fluid, and have never lost a one way yet. If you ues grease on the one way it will no let the needle bearings slide in their cage and grab the main shaft.

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06-05-2010 10:01 PM  7 years agoPost 6
GREYEAGLE

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Flat Land's

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Some one else has found the product I use .

I'm strictly a super lube guy on the exposed surfaces and also fill my ported gear boxes and exposed non shielded bearings with it on my gassers. It was at one time marketed by another company either Permatex / or / Locktite. It's a EP pure syn that laughs at the 4 ball test. I inject it using large bore needles. Going on over 4 yr's - absolutely sterile not one bearing failure do to a lube failure.
Clean's off easy also.

In regards to the Rappy sprag one way. I've modded mine slightly so that the fresh lube enters the top- flushes the bearing, and the spent product exits the bottom of the white gear. Last time I opened my one ways, they were fresh as a daisy inside.

If anyone is interested let me know and I'll line out the mod to the sprag.

greyeagle

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06-05-2010 10:26 PM  7 years agoPost 7
kwilljk5185

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Ohio - USA

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You don't need to wash the part with tri-flow. Just a drop or two will do just fine.

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06-05-2010 10:49 PM  7 years agoPost 8
Justin Stuart (passed)

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Why does Tri-flow turn black over time? Is that the Teflon in it? That's what I don't like about using it. But in terms of the oil vs. grease debate, I definitely prefer oil. There is no grease on any of my helicopters (except for one gearbox).

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06-05-2010 11:03 PM  7 years agoPost 9
kwilljk5185

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Ohio - USA

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Over time it cleans the surface of what it is oiling. That discolor is the dirt or aluminum dust particles.

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06-06-2010 02:41 PM  7 years agoPost 10
spog

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Ontario, Canada

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Grease is not the recommended lube for high speed ball bearing applications, according to the manufacturers. My tail bearings get oiled regularly, and the pinion gets oiled SPARINGLY occasionally. If you use too much it will get into the clutch and ruin the liner. A hole needs to be drilled in the frame to do this.

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06-06-2010 03:48 PM  7 years agoPost 11
ESWLFSE

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Liberty Hill, TX

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I just had a nicely greased German one-way lock up. I cleaned the grease out and went with my Serpent one-way bearing lube. Hudy sells a one-way oil too.

Not sure why cars use oil and helis use grease. The car one-ways see 1000X more abuse than heli one-ways.

Tri-Flow always seemed to get gummy eventually on my main shaft.

I grease lower RPM bearings and oil higher RPM bearings.

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06-06-2010 05:54 PM  7 years agoPost 12
BarracudaHockey

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Jacksonville FL

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I've used tri flow for years on main shafts and one way, no issues at all.

I use bearing grease with the greaser in all of the sheilded bearings.

Andy
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