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06-05-2012 06:58 PM  9 years ago
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Stephen Born

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How often to clean thrust bearings?
I disassembled my entire heli last night and lubed every bearing and greased the thrust/radial bearings.

How often do you regrease your thrust bearings in the head?
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06-05-2012 07:23 PM  9 years ago
Chanceyman

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I re-grease when I have an impact that requires the spindle to be removed or 100 flights. Whichever comes first , oh or the week before IRCHA just because I bench the whole heli to make sure its ready.Fly it like you stole it. -Team Heliproz- -Morgan Fuel-
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06-05-2012 07:30 PM  9 years ago
Stephen Born

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Took about 6 hours to teardown and oil and grease everything. While doing the teardown, I found an amazing amount of dust and grime build-up. Locktite, lubed, and ready to go.
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06-06-2012 03:21 AM  9 years ago
Neon Juripuri

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How often do you regrease your thrust bearings in the head?
Thats an easy one. I do it every time I crash
Fred
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06-06-2012 03:32 AM  9 years ago
rilopez825

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Pretty much every time I fly (nitro).
Just kidding I clean them once a year. It's getting to be that time of year for me. I also have to rebuild my motor.

And yea they get dirt all around the bearings, especially my 450 for what ever reason.
Richard
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06-06-2012 03:57 AM  9 years ago
Stephen Born

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I used "Ultra Lube White Lithium Grease" for the thrust bearings. I coated the entire bearing, and used 3-IN-ONE high viscous oil for all the bearings on the ship.

I can definitely hear the performance of a proper clean up and maintenance of our systems.
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06-06-2012 04:12 AM  9 years ago
HotsHabit

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I do them during the winter maintenance or when I crash, whichever comes soonest. It's been the crash lately at a few times a year.
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06-06-2012 05:15 AM  9 years ago
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Don't use the white lithium grease. I used to, but found it dries up quickly and gets crusty. Crusty chunks in your bearings aren't good  ▲
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06-06-2012 05:27 AM  9 years ago
Cowjock

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Clean and grease the thrust bearings every time I replace the feathering spindle. Standard procedure.Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?
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06-06-2012 06:28 AM  9 years ago
S Crutchfield

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The very best grease I have found for thrust bearings and gears is Vario Titanuim Grease. It feels almost like silcone and stays where you put it.

I also use Vario siliconoil for swash/mainshaft, ball links and tail slider.
This is where I got mine. http://www.ronlund.com/rcheli/TOOLLU.html
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06-06-2012 07:24 AM  9 years ago
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chain lube works very well as it's made to not sling off and it's high load......    ▲
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06-06-2012 09:28 AM  9 years ago
dialarotor

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amazing how much dirt collects in those bearing races.
When the spindle goes, the thrust bearings and regular bearings go in a small baby food jar with a ounce or two of gasoline. Shake them a little bit and watch and see how much dirt and grit comes out of them. Dry them on a paper towel and then regrease and oil. Clean the screw threads for fresh loctite. Just be careful, it's still gasoline. I have since gotten a can of carb cleaner with a dipping basket that I can use over and over as the dirt settles to the bottom, got it at the auto parts store. So if you thought the whole heli is a dirt magnet, you are right, even if you don't crash, take it apart once in awhile and clean her up, feels like having a nice new heli.
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06-06-2012 02:27 PM  9 years ago
Stephen Born

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Don't use the white lithium grease. I used to, but found it dries up quickly and gets crusty. Crusty chunks in your bearings aren't good
Thank you Dood,

I also noticed a somewhat drying effect of the lithium grease. What grease recommendations do you have?
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06-06-2012 02:36 PM  9 years ago
Neon Juripuri

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I myself,use silicone spark plug wire grease. Available at any auto parts store.
Fred
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06-06-2012 03:01 PM  9 years ago
Pistol Pete

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Here in sand land, not as often as one should, however, not anymore...

http://www.corrosionx.com/speedx.html
~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~
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06-06-2012 03:24 PM  9 years ago
Richardmid1

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I use bearing grease from a bike shop for use on head set bearings, hubs bottom brackets and pedal bearings. Its cool cos its florecent green! 60% of the time, it works every time!
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06-06-2012 04:20 PM  9 years ago
Stephen Born

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I use bearing grease from a bike shop for use on head set bearings, hubs bottom brackets and pedal bearings. Its cool cos its florecent green!
That is what I am looking for. A place that sells a high viscous grease that is local, say Lowes, Menards, True Value, or even a local bike shop.
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06-06-2012 04:42 PM  9 years ago
BobOD

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Never. One or 2 drops of oil through the head button hole every few months. Never any wear or grime buildup.Team POP Secret
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06-06-2012 08:45 PM  9 years ago
kcordell

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Only when I have to replace spindle.Team Synergy/Rail, Team Scorpion, YS Engines, VelTye
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06-06-2012 09:16 PM  9 years ago
Steff Giguere

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When I feel them notchy.Team Synergy, Rail blades, Team Scorpion, V-Team
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