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#1 Courtney S

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 09:03 AM

I'm working on some 1/32 plastic chassis proxy cars and I want to put ball bearings in them.

Where can I get the cheap ones?


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 11:36 AM

Hi Courtney,

 

Right here: https://www.avidrc.c...Z-bearings.html

 

But I can tell you that a Slot It axle won't fit into them but all other axles should.


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 11:40 AM

avid is where i get ball bearings - only $1.25 each.
https://www.avidrc.c...Z-bearings.html


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 11:42 AM

Has Avid gotten better on shipping ones that axles don't fit in?
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Posted 13 August 2019 - 11:57 AM

Thanks Guys , Pappy I have been using the Slotting Plus axles with decent results, they are a little soft but so far they work good on my Can-Am Proxy car.

 

I would really like to be able to put ball bearings in the plastic wheels so i could make independent fonts, but I'm not so skilled 


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 12:12 PM

Just ordered some -right on time for builds for the '19 - '20 season  THX

 

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 12:57 PM

Has Avid gotten better on shipping ones that axles don't fit in?

Huh!

 

The only axles I have ever had a problem with are Slot It axles. Parma fit fine and so do 3/32" drill blanks I get from Grainger.


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:11 PM

Well I guess they improved then. Lol

I tried them years ago, a couple of times.

There were a bunch that were tight, in both of the batches.

In one batch, about 1/3 of them, you couldn't get a Koford axle, through with a hammer.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:04 PM

Not really cheap cheap, but I get my bearings from Boca Bearings. Good product, very fair pricing.

 

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:47 PM

 I have been using the economy bearings that Mike Swiss sells. They work fine and I like supporting a slot car guy instead of some company that doesn't know or care if we exist! Mike has a complete listing of his Chicagoland Raceway labeled parts in the Parts Counter section of this forum!


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:58 PM

^^^^^^^^ :good: :good: :good:


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 05:14 PM

The problem with searching for cheap bearings is that when your search is over, you have cheap bearings. I bought 20 from Avid a while back and half of them were junk when I got them. I’m afraid to use the other 10.
The Chicagoland ones are good, but I am wary of using cheapos again.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 05:29 PM

The problem with searching for cheap bearings is that when your search is over, you have cheap bearings. I bought 20 from Avid a while back and half of them were junk when I got them. I’m afraid to use the other 10.
The Chicagoland ones are good, but I am wary of using cheapos again.

 

 

That's why I use the Boca's. 

 

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 05:39 PM

I've been using them for a few years running in 6 and 24 hour races with no problems.


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 09:24 PM

Swiss, Bud, and Matt Sheldon all have nice bearings at good prices and you dont have to worry about quality
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Posted 14 August 2019 - 01:47 AM

https://www.vxb.com/...ch-p/kit869.htm


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 04:51 AM

Nelson, what's been your experience with these VXB bearings? I notice the prices are a bit more than Avid's per bearing.


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 06:52 AM

I have been quite happy with them. I especially like the unshielded version as they have a thinner flange and can make the track spacing a little more convenient.

 

I have used the Arvid bearings as well with good results but have experienced the too tight a fit to be usable defect. I have never had that happen with VXB bearings.


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 01:13 PM

do you want good clean oats or oats that have already been thru the horse?


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 03:44 PM

Brian, are you saying oriental bearings are made from used Budweiser cans?  :laugh2:  :laugh2:  :laugh2:


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