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Old 2003.04.22, 03:19 PM   #1
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Question How to best lube the Z

How do you guys lube your cars? I'm using WD-40 or 5-56 on all moving parts and it seems to work fine. Don't lube the front as often as the rear. I spray the motor quite often at both bearings from the outside and then a lot into the motor through the holes. Then run it a while and wipe it off. Notice quite a decrease in sound from the engine when spraying the bearings and actually the engine started revving more the first time I sprayed into it.

Does this sound reasonable or should I be using some other lubricant? I'm thinking maybe grease would be better at some places and maybe WD-40 could in some way harm the Z (don't really think so though). Anyway it would be nice to hear how others do their lubing for best performance.
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Old 2003.04.22, 03:52 PM   #2
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i was told you dont need to lube any parts

except for the bushings on the motor
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Old 2003.04.22, 04:40 PM   #3
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I use Trinity Bearing oil and a mixtureof wd-40 with sewing machine oil.
I only use it to lube the bearings(car and motor).
Put only a small drop in each bearing andthen roll them a bit to make the oil enter the bearing. Also put a small drop of oil in the king pins.
I said small drops because if you put on too much oil when you race your car it will pick up all sort sof dirt that can block the wells and front suspensions.
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Old 2003.04.22, 04:54 PM   #4
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nEver spray ur car with wd40. especially on plastic parts. WD 40 is a water displacer so it burns plastic. is it safe to spray lube straight into the motor? does this kill the armature and stuff inside?
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Old 2003.04.22, 05:05 PM   #5
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I forgot too mencion that DON'T SPRAY LUB ON THE MOTOR. You are damaging it's performance.
If an oil(suchas wd-40) get's inside the motor you will have to clean it whith a special degreaser and I believe that it can damage your brushes. If you have done this try just cleanig the motor with the dergreaser trough the small holes on the motor can.
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Old 2003.04.22, 05:38 PM   #6
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try water dipping the motor. IT should get rid of some grease
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Old 2003.04.22, 07:15 PM   #7
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again, DO NOT SPRAY ANYTHING INTO THE MOTOR, WD4 conducts... litely but it does conduct, it also BURNS it also ruines the motor, plastic etc..

the ONLY thing you have to lube is stock motor cans, the small bushings on either side of the shaft... only place that has terrible friction, thus get bearings all around and your good to go...
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Old 2003.04.22, 07:19 PM   #8
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if anything, get some electric motor cleaner if you feel particularly inclined to spray things into your motor. then lube the bushings LIGHTLY.
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Old 2003.04.23, 01:27 PM   #9
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WRC is correct RE motor care. For the kingpins, use:

http://mini-zracer.com/shop/product.php?pid=489

For suspension parts, use:

http://mini-zracer.com/shop/product.php?pid=490

for an oil damping effect.

For tires, use:

http://mini-zracer.com/shop/product.php?pid=517

That should cover it!
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Old 2003.04.25, 03:02 PM   #10
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WD40 stands for Water Displacement formula 40.

It is not a lubricant although it does have some lubricating properties.

I like to use it on my off-road Nitro cars and trucks (electronics removed) after I've cleaned them with solvent and water. After cleaning off the gunk and spraying the chassis with water I dry with a towel and spray it down with WD40. I then spry them out with compressed air.

The WD40 keeps the screws, hing pins and other steel parts from rusting.

I can't see where any part of a Mini-Z would benefit from the use of WD40.
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