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Old 04-11-2006, 04:17 PM   #11
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wd-40 take the oil out of the bearings. There has been so many threads about this.
on the topic of bearings... what would be the best way to clean them??
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Old 04-11-2006, 06:07 PM   #12
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clean them out with brake cleaner then re-oil them with bearing oil from your LHS.
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:03 AM   #13
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Remove Batteries, wheels and electronics,,,
I use a paint brush to remove big dirt and big crap....then I spray it down with brake cleaner.....then a light misting of WD-40 and a clean brush to make it shine....I wash the wheels and body with warm dish soapy water and dry with papertowels....oh something I tried the other night on my dish wheels......a SOS Pad.if you don't know what it is its a steel wool pad impregnated with great on dish rims that are very dirty especially if you run a side exhaust and that one wheel gets caked with what I call Nitro Grime...
I should learn to take pictures as soon as they are clean because they never stay that way long...

oh I also pull the wheel bearings out of the front of my Evader and soak em in WD-40 then reinstall them after the wheels are cleaned
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Old 04-12-2006, 10:30 AM   #14
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I take the car completly apart and clean it. Using pipe cleaner in the hinge pin holes. I don't take the diffs apart or redo the shocks every time though. Check the diffs and shocks for leaks and boots for tears as well. When the bearings get gritty replace them. At $1 a bearing why clean them ? A clean buggy will last longer. It doesn't take long once you know the buggy inside and out. Simple green is a great product. WD40 will put a shine on the plastic. You can use pedro's ice wax on the universals or white lightening as well.

Tooth brush
Pipe cleaner
Simple green
Brake cleaner (GM's is what I used. It was less than 3.50 a can)
Air Compressor - If you have one. I don't.
Pedro's Ice Wax or White Lightening - If you have it
Grease for bevel and crown gear - Unless you run them dry

Not sure if I said to much but there it is.
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Old 04-17-2006, 08:15 PM   #15
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best thing to do is just blow it off with an air compressor and use a brush , WD40 leaves a residue on the plastic that makes stuff stick to it . there is an advantage of using limited wd 40 on an 1/8th scale buggy thought and other trucks and such . also Yes wd 40 eats the grease thats in bearings from facrtory.
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thanks guys, Im gonna try simple green. I also won an auction for a 2gal compressor, it should work great and Im also gonna use it for airbrushing.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:56 PM   #17
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it depends how muddy the vehicle is...

I take the hose to it to get the most of it... then I air compressor it off, then repeat the process with WD-40... it works great, and the plastic shines (of course there is no motor or electronics on it when I do this... forgot to mention that... )
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Old 04-18-2006, 08:25 PM   #18
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I take all the electronic and motor off... spray a lot of simple green and let it soak for a few mins and after I use my 1750lbs pressure washer to get it clean.. and it comme like a brand new truck!!!
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After a muddy day like last weekend....

I leave body on and spray the tires and arms off with the hose, lots of muck...
remove the body and use fine spray to clean around the towers, tanks etc...
then blow it off with the air compressor, then soap and brush, and blow out with air compressor, then soak with carb cleaner/brake cleaner etc to clean out bearings, then wd40
finish it off by cleaning plastic and body with furniture polish... it actually makes the bodies look new, same with arms. takes what used to be a 5 hr job down to about 40 mins
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