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    Which Bearings?

    I've already established the size and that bearings are an upgrade, so which bearings should I get? Ceramic or metal (and what type of metal), and what sheilds? Also, what brand?

    Thank you all!

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    traxxas sells bearings, I think that for the size you need they sell the ones with metal casings that go in the motor and also the ones with the rubber casing. I would just go with rubber, part #5116. You can buy on amazon or somewhere else if you want more than just 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Is_It_Broken? View Post
    I've already established the size and that bearings are an upgrade, so which bearings should I get? Ceramic or metal (and what type of metal), and what sheilds? Also, what brand?

    Thank you all!
    Here's a good vid talking about bearings in the tranny. I put ceramic bearings in the last tranny I built...kind of expensive...there are a lot of different manufacturers of ceramic, I went with protek.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dzP99OO7UI
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    I am talking about in the Hub carriers, because I do not want to open up the transmission unless necessary. I am a basher on a budget, so expensive is probably not the right way to go. Traxxas bearings seem to be very expensive to me oh, so are there any other recommended brands?

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    All right, I'm gonna simplify this.

    1. What type of metal bearings should I use?
    2. What shields should I use: rubber, metal, plastic, or some sort of combo?
    3. My rustler claims it has full ball bearings in the trans. Do I need to replace those when I replace the bushings at the wheel?

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    1. Rubber
    2. I like fast Eddie's bearing. I have them in my brushless wraith for almost 3 years now, I do clean and repack with marine grease every 6 to 12 months. I also have them in 2 ecx circuits, same as a 2wd rustler, for a little over a year, and I never touched them, and they still are doing great.
    3. Probably not needed but not a bad idea to do so
    Edit: 1 and 2 are swapped from your questions
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    For a casual basher, I'd just pick up a really cheap pack of ball bearings from China. https://www.ebay.com/itm/MR110pc-MR1...EAAOS***9ZPk08 They don't seem to be the strongest bearings, but they're so cheap, and since it's only a basher, you'll be fine.

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    I found a site called Avid that sells bearings for a dollar each. Does anyone have any experience with them? Are they good quality?

    Also, should I get stainless steel bearings?

    RC_N3RD, I don't want to spend money on something that won't hold up.
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    Avid is a very good brand, i would recommend buying a complete set for your particular car then you will have those bearings you will need in the future. You're looking at 8 minimum to do front and rear hubs alone. Stainless is the way to go, plain steel ( if they're even available) would rust easy with any moisture.

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    I stumbled across a company called boca that has bearings for similar prices that avid has. Which company is better?

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    Boca is well known for high quality ceramic bearings.

    I would assume - but I have never used them - that their stainless steel sealed bearings would be good, too. That said, it is entirely possible that they are the exact same bearings from the same plant that others sell.

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    avid , have used them for 5 years, revolutions and cheap

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    OK. I went through & did some research and found that avid only uses chromium steel in their bearings, so I think I will go with boca for the rust proof stainless steel. Thank you all for your help!

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    Chromium steel is "stainless steel"

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    Well, then I will get whichever brand is less expensive.

    Thanks, everyone!

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    Do I need to have shims to use bearings?
    If I do what shims would you recommend?

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    Um, yes or no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Is_It_Broken? View Post
    Um, yes or no?
    Just the fiber ones (#1985) shown on the exploded view parts list.

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    So yes, they are necessary (is that spelled correctly?)?

    Thank you for the part number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Is_It_Broken? View Post
    So yes, they are necessary (is that spelled correctly?)?

    Thank you for the part number.
    Yes, sometimes I use two to take up excessive play.

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    Thank you very much!

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