Bad Center Trac (type X) bearing?


#1

Has anyone used one of these before?
I just got one when I ordered my Shutter, which I now thoroughly regret now that they have blasted versions. Anyway, my 10 ball bearing hardly spins. Spinning ONLY the bearing it can get a maximum of ~4-5 second spin time where as any other bearing I have spins for 15+ seconds.

Did I get a bad bearing, are 10 ball bearings always like this, or do I just need to clean it?
Thanks for any help in advance.


#2

I have found yyf bearings to be cheaper. Some vary, 4-5 seconds should be fine. Less than a second is when you need to worry.


#3

The yyf bearing i got with it seems decent but I got a separate Center Trac bearing with the order.
It was closer to ~2 seconds when I got it but luckily I had some lube on hand.

Thanks for the info though!


#4

My YYF X bearing that came with my stacked catalyst and all it needed was a good cleaning.


#5

I’ve had to clean almost every CT bearing I’ve gotten straight from retail. I thought I hated CTs, what I actually hated was whatever they are doing to the poor bearing to make it play terribly.


#6

noob question here, what do you recommend to clean it with?
I’ve never done it before, I know the general steps but not what I need to soak it in.


#7

Mineral Spirits! (acetone, goo-gone, lighter fluid, etc.)


#8

My CTX spun for a pretty short time, but a simple cleaning should do the trick. The only complaint is that i have to lube my CTX on like a monthly basis, or else the bearing will start to lock up


#9

ALL CTX BEARINGS COME PRE LUBED. :slight_smile:


#10

Lube is gonna knock those numbers down further.

Lube is for maintenance/preventing wear, not increasing spin time. Lube SLOWS spin and reduces spin time. Use lube VERY sparingly. A teeny bit goes a LONG ways.

I could care less if I have to clean new bearings. I don’t mind cleaning bearings. Many bearings I get, even in $100+ yoyos need cleaning from the get-go. So, cleaning a bearing isn’t a big deal.

I’ve yet to have any issues with the regular CT’s. I hope I have the same good experience with the CTX bearings when I finally get around to buying some. At the same point, anyone can get a bad bearing from any brand. It happens.


#11

How long a bearing spins on a flick really doesn’t indicate anything. A bearing with a heavier outer race will spin longer than a bearing with a lighter outer race. It’s better to look for how smoothly the bearing comes to a stop.

Really though, you should just clean the bearing. It can’t hurt.


#12

CTX bearings all come pre lubed and will only spin for like 1-3 seconds on a flick, however in my opinion a broken in or cleaned CTX is one of the best bearing you can get. It’s now CLYW’s choice of bearing.

I currently have them in all of my main throws.