The processor on my computer died Friday morning.
So I have been off-line sort of since then and till new parts arrive... have to depend on the generosity of friends, but that's not the reason for my post.
I was working on a Hard Body NASCAR project yesterday and while messing with the rear axle ball bearing installation I learned two things.
#1 The German made ball bearings I use are shielded and packed with a high quality grease. I know this because I removed the shield.
#2 The shields are easy to remove and re-install if need be!
Ha! Take that "bearing know it all's".
Seems there is a small "C" keeper that holds the shield in place. That "C" ring keeper is flat and easy to remove with a #11 exacto blade, but you might need a pair of 10x magnifier glasses to do so. Once the keeper is carefully removed the shield can be pried off. The bearing can then be cleaned and re-packed or left off all together.
If one doesn't destroy (bend) any of the components, one can re-assemble the item for full long life of use.
This I learned on the bearings I source from Ralph Klose and have sold to many Slot Blog members here. Though, I am getting low on supplies of late.
P.S. My Hard Body NASCAR is running 4 1/8" rear axle ball bearings since the damn thing is pushing the scales at 280g! Can you imagine the forces applied to the tires and bearings at those speeds?
Hope to have my computer back by Thursday by the way.