De-shielded bearings


#1

Does de-shielding a bearing change it at all?


#2

I’m not an expert, but to me, de-shielded bearings don’t play any differently. The only difference I notice is that they need to be cleaned more often since they’re more open to the elements.


#3

Ok thanks I de-shielded a terrapin x dry play bearing, so to clean it do I just use canned air? Because if I use acetone the dry play finish will come of.


#4

De-shielding a bearing does not affect play in any noticeable way.


#5

While that’s mostly true, in some cases you may have a yo-yo where the bearing seat wasn’t molded or machined quite correctly, and the seat may push on the shield causing responsiveness. Removing the shields can solve this issue.


#6

Really? In most cases the bearing’s outer rim is what sits in the seat and the shields never touch anything since they’re recessed.

You’d have to have a really messed up bearing seat for this to occur I think.


#7

I second to this.
but I prefer to de-shiled my bearing anyways, easier to do cleaning.