How to deal with vibe?

I got a yoyo from someone. Im sure at one point of time it used to be smooth. There is no damage I can see on the yoyo but it still vibes a lot on the finger and the string.
What can I do. Already tried flipping the bearing and axle. Any tips appreciated.

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I’m in the same situation I have a g2 banshee SS that I have hardly played which I one day pulled out of my yo-yo case and now it has vibe. Its really disheartening because it’s a 140 dollar yo-yo which I have hardly played that is like a 5-6/10 on vibe .

If it’s a bimetal try putting in the freezer for a bit to try and get the steel ring to tighten up. Also I have good luck just going a bearing replacement.

Good luck,

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I usually have the most luck swapping to a different bearing and making sure it’s actually tightened all the way.

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I tried tightening it as much as possible and have tried a few different bearings. The bearings do seem a bit loose on the post. Any fixes for that. I might try teflon tape😬

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Damn thats rough! Its a monometal. If it was a bimetal id get maybe a ring shifted but this one has no damage to spot haha.

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What is vibe? A yoyo enhancement? I even heard some competitors prefer yoyos that vibe since it lets you feel in your hand as vibration the amount of spin time you have left. Besides all this, I do understand the enjoyment when you put a nail against a rim and it is DEAD smooth, by dealing with it as in tuning the yoyo, trying axle on both sides, screwed all the way or just a bit, switching bearings, or the side bearing is on, sometimes flipping the same bearing on the same side of the yoyo even. I saw people try multiple axles, I don’t know if it works or not. For bimetals I heard pushing rims towards the center of the yoyo can help though I have never tried it. If you need to deal with it mentally, just remember up until this decade almost all yoyos vibed and it only was a problem when it was to the point of you not being able to see the gap clearly. Be careful about cranking yoyos, unless it is a side effect yoyo, those usually need some cranking to play at their smoothest. I have not stripped any well-made yoyo but keep in mind it won’t change the world to turn the halves a milimeter more. If it is a new off-the-shelf throw customer support can help as well.

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I actually don’t care much about vibe but you can feel this on the string. It’s also frustrating due to how expensive it was in my particular situation . It’s like totally triggered my ocd LOL

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Nope. I think just a very loose bearing seat. Im trying to think of ways to fix it since none of the bearings seem to fit it well enough.

Have you tried all of your bearings? Some bearings fit a little tighter and might fix the issue.

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All of them. Maybe time to get more haha.

How do you crank a modern metal yoyo? Every one I’ve ever thrown has a stopping point when twisting it together lol

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My point exactly, not everyone takes that as a stopping point.

I don’t understand what you mean when you say the bearing is loose. Is there space between the bearing and the grove it sits in? Is it not flush against the inside wall where it sits in that grove on both sides? Or is the bearing just the wrong size?

On a metal yoyo the bearing will typically snap into place. Sometimes that groove where it sits in will be tight and you’ll have to press into it with some force, but it should snap in there. Once it’s in the groove you should be able to turn it upside down and spin it without it falling out of the yoyo. If that’s not happening, I would guess you have the wrong size bearing.

Do you have a ceramic bearing? They tend to fit a little tighter.

I feel this is the problem with making bearing seats super tight to achieve a yoyo that’s “glass smooth”. Once the seats aren’t tight anymore, vibe can start to appear.

It’s interesting how you never hear anybody list onedrops as having vibe, until recently that is. Lately I seen things like “smooth for a onedrop”, or “typical slight SE vibe”. From my perspective, I don’t understand how anal you have to be about vibe to even notice that!?

At any rate, personally, I’d rather have a yoyo have a little vibe (fingernail not string… I guess), and stay that way, than have one start out super smooth, but get worse over time.

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I’ve had really smooth One Drops, but I think it also depends on how you put them back together.
Recently I replaced a bearing in one, and after putting it back together, it was a little more vibey than before.
I took it apart lubed the side effects’ o-rings, and the tapers they fit into, and really cranked it down to put it back together. Like night and day it was. Much, much smoother.
I don’t usually lube the SEs when putting them back together, but I think I’m going to start.

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Show the vibe who’s boss.

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Yeah, they even recommend that.

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I’ve found that most throws (unless damaged) can be tuned to have minimal vibe.

Things to try:

Bearings - try a bunch of different ones. Even bearings from the same brand will fit differently due to the manufacturing tolerances. Flip the bearing over - this can have a surprisingly large effect, especially with cheaper bearings. As @Myk_Myk mentioned ceramic bearings are often a little tighter on the bearing seat.

Axles - go on a well known auction site and search for “M4 set screws”. Just make sure you get the correct length, or better still a few different lengths to suit all your throws. Should only cost a few dollars for 20. Try tightening the axle (gently) into one half then the other, or leave the axle “floating” where it’s not tightened into either half. If a yoyo has taken a knock, appears undamaged but vibes, often the axle is to blame.

You need patience with this - tuning a throw can be frustrating and time consuming.

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SE One Drops can be a bit finnicky to get smooth. The method which works for me is to tighten the throw gently at first, test for smoothness, then gradually crank the tightness until smooth. Seems to work on all the One Drops I have.

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Here’s my method:
Unscrew the yoyo. Attempt to unscrew the axle by hand. Axle does not unscrew by hand. Reassemble yoyo. Vibe is now considered permanent. Embrace the vibe

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