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08-23-2008 06:04 PM  12 years ago
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leftyatm

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Will this Lube do the Job?
Hey guys, I have always used Parma oil from the LHS to lube my helis from bearings to shafts and so on. But I just ran out, and I am avid about lubing my helis. For the meantime, I used Penzoil 10W30 oil. I have Tri-flow oil on order and it will be shipped soon. But will the 10W30 work for the meantime? I mean it is oil and it will lube so why not right? Or is there stuff in there that may harm the bearings. I know when the Tri-flow arrives I will get out my alcohol and q-tips and degrease it all like I do every so often anyway.
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08-23-2008 06:15 PM  12 years ago
Dr.Ben

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It'll work fine.

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08-23-2008 06:19 PM  12 years ago
leftyatm

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Awesome thanks. I was beginning to wonder if I made a boo boo.
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08-23-2008 06:21 PM  12 years ago
aristo1963

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lefty go over to one of your local bike shops,they almost all carry triflo.
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08-23-2008 08:14 PM  12 years ago
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I would suggest not lubing the rubber head dampers with motor oil, it can attack the rubber.

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08-23-2008 08:49 PM  12 years ago
rexxigpilot

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You can use motor oil in a pinch if you had to, but I would not use it as your normal lubricant on a heli. It is far too viscous to properly lube the bearings with. Get the TriFlow from a local source like a bike shop if you can or use some other light machine oil like 3 in 1.
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08-25-2008 10:18 PM  12 years ago
steph280

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Has anybody noticed Tri-flow tends to become sticky after a while? I've been using them regularly on helis. Recently when I dusted off a hanger queen that hasn't been flown in a few months, the area where I applied tri-flow became sticky. So sticky that it was causing the mixing base and tail pitch slider to feel as if it was binding.
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08-26-2008 01:17 AM  12 years ago
Yug

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I've not noticed TriFlow becoming sticky. Interesting observation.
For lubed dampers, Bosch Ft1v27 has allways served me well while same or lithium grease works well for packing. TriFlow for other bearings has allways been good for me. This largeley depends on the type of bearings you're using. Open cage tend to perform best with TriFlow or other teflon based lube as these are light and don't tend to hold on to foreign matter.
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08-26-2008 05:17 AM  12 years ago
leftyatm

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Thanks guys. I just got my Tri-flow in the mail today. Readyheli really is special. I ordered my goodies on Saturday afternoon, I didn't expect them until tomorrow but no, when I got home from work today there was a box waiting for me. Insanely fast. GrandRC isn't too shabby either! But now I'm hesitant to use that Tri flow. I am still going to get back to my Not so LHS and pick up more parma. I have used it and never had one issue!
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