Difficulty keeping the Mighty Flea running right!


#1

Hi everyone,

I have a Mighty Flea and enjoy it, but man, is it hard to keep it running properly!

I know how to clean and lube a bearing, but I find it to be almost impossible to keep it running unresponsive consistently. My freshly cleaned bearing becomes responsive after around 2-5 minutes of play! I use acetone or methylated spirits and terrapin dry for lube.

Do any of you guys have the same difficulty? Any suggestions?


#2

Make sure the bearing seat area of the yoyo itself is well cleaned. There might be some dust in there that’s clogging up the bearing.


#3

For sure. Looks pretty clean though.


#4

If it’s a bad bearing you can buy a little micrometer and measure the bearing so if it happens to be a bad bearing. you can buy a bearing from and industrial company since you know the size you need to buy a new one. (plus it’s cheaper than buying straight from YYF)


#5

Thanks. I’ve actually already done that. Unfortunately, I have had the same experience with 8 bearings.


#6

Dumb question, are you using flea string?


#7

Cheap, light flea string plus that high wall is a bad thing for response. Try using a stiffer string.


#8

Yes, I am using flea string. What type is flea string? Is it type 4? I could try to find It in nylon which would be stiffer, but I don’t like my chances.

I’ve noticed that yyf string starts getting fluffy pretty quickly which may contribute to the yoyo becoming responsive. Don’t know.


#9

Yeah, flea string is 3 or 4. Just email a string maker and ask them to make you a stiff flea string. They should be able to do it.


#10

Custom made string, eh? Sounds expensive!


#11

Not too terrible, i make flea string and i could make and send you ten for 3.50.


#12

Yeah, but I live in Australia. Postage would be killer.